Manitou Springs Planning Department

Manitou Springs Planning Department The Planning Department enforces the Zoning Code, Subdivision Code, Sign Code and Historic Preservation regulations for the City of Manitou Springs.

We also provide Staff support for many of the City's Boards and Commissions. The Planning Department enforces Zoning, Subdivision, Sign, and Historic Preservation regulations. Most property repairs and improvements in Manitou Springs require a Building Permit Application (BPA) and payment of the City’s Use Tax. Many repairs/improvements also require a Building Permit from the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD). A permit is not always the first step in a construction project. Frequently encountered issues are unplatted property or development incorporating more than one lot. Also, zoning concerns such as setbacks, property use, or off-street parking may need to be addressed. Some requests require Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, and City Council approval prior to construction. Exterior work on existing structures, including the replacement of windows or other work that may not need a PPRBD permit, and construction of new buildings within the Historic Preservation District requires advance approval by either the Planning Staff or Historic Preservation Commission. The Planning Department can provide more detailed information. The Zoning, Subdivision, Sign, and Historic Preservation Codes and Guidelines, as well as submittal instructions and application forms, are on the City’s website and at the Planning Department.

Operating as usual

01/25/2019

CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS
SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESSES ORDINANCE

In an effort to minimize the adverse secondary effects produced by sexually oriented businesses on public health, safety and welfare, the City of Manitou Springs has produced a draft Ordinance to regulate such uses. The City has also drafted a Summary of the Ordinance and Adoption Timeline and a map depicting Commercial areas subject to the 500’ separation from high risk land use types. The Ordinance, Summary and Timeline, and Map are posted to the home page of the City of Manitou Springs website under News & Announcements at: http://www.manitouspringsgov.com/

Please contact the Planning Department with questions!

Manitou Springs Planning Department's cover photo
04/26/2018

Manitou Springs Planning Department's cover photo

10/24/2017
Zoning and Subdivision Regulations: Hazards Questionnaire Survey

Weigh in on approaches to reduce and mitigate natural hazard risk! Manitou Springs is participating in a pilot program to update the City's zoning and subdivision regulations to reduce our risk to wildfire, flooding and geologic hazards.

Participate in a survey to help define our approach (closes Oct 31): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K29H685

Visit the project webpage: http://www.manitouspringsgov.com/government/departments/planning/planning-for-hazards

This project will implement actions from Plan Manitou, the City's long-range plan.

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Visit Manitou Springs
09/02/2017
Visit Manitou Springs

Visit Manitou Springs

Manitou,” a Native American word for “ great spirit,” describes this beautiful mountain community. It's considered sacred for its healing springs and clean mountain air.

Plan Manitou: Manitou Springs' Integrated Comprehensive Plan will receive the 2017 American Planning Association Colorad...
08/09/2017

Plan Manitou: Manitou Springs' Integrated Comprehensive Plan will receive the 2017 American Planning Association Colorado Merit Award in the category of Community Resiliency. Thank you citizens, stakeholders, elected officials, board/commission members, staff, and the consultant team for helping to make this plan happen!

08/05/2017
Visit Manitou Springs

Visit Manitou Springs

Hidden between Garden of the Gods and America’s most famous mountain, Pikes Peak, lies the magical town of Manitou Springs, just minutes from Colorado Springs.

07/10/2017

Come learn about four, large, capital projects the City is looking at undertaking and about establishing community broadband at a meeting tomorrow night in Memorial Hall (606 Manitou Avenue) from 6-8pm.

07/06/2017

FEATURED MUNICIPAL PROJECT - this is one of five projects that will be the topic of the public open house on Tuesday, July 11 from 6:00 to 8:00pm:

Fire Department Training Facility/Document Storage
This is a new building planned at the Public Services Facility (at the end of Plainview Place) to address the Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department’s training needs. The building will also provide for some City records storage and serve as an emergency operations center in times of flood or other disaster situations. The preliminary opinion of costs for this project are $2.4-3.75 million based on a conceptual design project completed by CU students.

Manitou Springs Fire Department
07/05/2017

Manitou Springs Fire Department

Dear Incliners,

If you plan on hiking the Incline, please ensure you are physically capable and prepared to do so. This means keeping yourself well-hydrated and dressing appropriately for the weather. The Incline is a strenuous hike, and is not appropriate for everyone.

Crews from MSFD and our friends at El Paso County Search and Rescue are on their 5th response of the weekend. We have been experiencing a high volume of calls on the trail lately, which ties up resources for a few hours each time. Each rescue takes often 3-8 hours to complete, depending on the injury and location.

We're proud to have this beautiful and challenging hike in our district, and hope that a little preparation will make it a safe and pleasant experience for the hikers.

So help us out and give this a share. And please comment with your advice for newbie Incline hikers.

07/05/2017

Public Open House on Municipal Projects Scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 6:00-8:00pm. City Council seeks citizen input on priority of four, large capital projects and on the creation of a community broadband system. Please attend to learn about the projects and provide input!

04/03/2017

Plan Manitou: 2nd and final public hearing at City Council April 4, 6 pm. Please come to share your comments!

PLAN MANITOU: Adoption draft is posted at www.planmanitou.com. March 8, 6 pm: Planning Commission public hearingMarch 14...
03/02/2017
Plan Manitou – Creating our Future

PLAN MANITOU: Adoption draft is posted at www.planmanitou.com.

March 8, 6 pm: Planning Commission public hearing
March 14, 6 pm: City Council work session
March 21, 6 pm: City Council public hearing

Public hearings include opportunity for public comment - all meetings at Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.

Monday, January 9 and Tuesday, February 7, 2017, are important dates for anyone interested in the future of the Manitou ...
01/05/2017

Monday, January 9 and Tuesday, February 7, 2017, are important dates for anyone interested in the future of the Manitou Springs Public Library!

Plan Manitou: Seeking comments on review draft through Jan. 6! Click on flyer to learn more. . .
12/22/2016

Plan Manitou: Seeking comments on review draft through Jan. 6! Click on flyer to learn more. . .

12/09/2016
Section of the Week 2 | PlanManitou

Plan Manitou: We're seeking comments on the draft plan through Jan. 6! Provide comments on a section at a time: this week is the Reinvestment and Resiliency Framework (aka the City's draft land use plan) at: http://manitousprings.engagingplans.org/section-week-2.

Section of the Week 2 Please take a moment to review the Reinvestment and Resiliency Framework of the Community Master Plan before responding to the following quetions: 1. How well do the components of this section of the Plan (the Future Land Use Plan, Opportunity Area, and Annexation Plan) align w...

12/01/2016

FREE water bottles, coffee and gluten free mini donuts (courtesy of The Market) to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Manitou Incline

11/29/2016
planmanitou.com

Plan Manitou: The complete draft plan is posted at:http://planmanitou.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/PlanManitou_ReviewDraft_112216.pdf

11/29/2016

REMINDER: Plan Manitou Community Workshop on Dec 1, 6-8 pm, City Hall! Staff will present an overview of the plan. This is an opportunity to ask questions and share comments. We want to make sure that all participants know where in the plan their concerns are addressed! Please contact Karen Berchtold at 719-685-2559, [email protected] for more information.

One of our great, local nonprofits!
11/18/2016

One of our great, local nonprofits!

REMINDER - Oct. 24, 2016Construction Impacts for Week of Oct. 24Lane Closure on Westbound Manitou Avenue• Motorists will...
10/24/2016
Westside Avenue Action Plan: Home

REMINDER - Oct. 24, 2016

Construction Impacts for Week of Oct. 24

Lane Closure on Westbound Manitou Avenue
• Motorists will experience a right lane closure on westbound Manitou Avenue at Garden of the Gods Place for drainage work.
o Wednesday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 28 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Temporary No Parking Zones on Manitou Avenue
• Motorists will experience intermittent no parking zones on Manitou Avenue between Old Mans Trail and Mayfair Avenue for sidewalk and pedestrian ramp work.
o Monday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Oct. 28 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Ongoing Closures

Site B Closure
Motorists will experience a full closure at Garden of Gods Place between El Paso Boulevard and Manitou Avenue from late Sept. through late Nov. This closure allows for bridge, barrier and drainage work to happen concurrently, reducing the duration of disturbance on the road and bike path.

Working hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Lane closures and restrictions can be expected. Construction schedules are subject to change based on weather/unforeseen circumstances and schedule changes.
Thank you all for your patience throughout this project.

This Manitou Avenue Road Improvements project is in cooperation with the El Paso County Westside Avenue Action Plan (www.WestsideAvenuePlan.com).

Project Information

The $2.4 million CO 24 East Manitou Avenue Road Improvements project -- consists of an overlay through Manitou Springs along with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) ramp work. The project entails milling, paving, ADA ramps (approximately 30), drainage inlet and pipes, adjustments to manholes and water valves, bridge deck repairs and pavement striping. Completion is planned for late 2016.

How Do I Get Project Updates?

Sign up for periodic project updates by sending an email to [email protected]. Project information is available at: https://www.codot.gov/projects/us-24-east-manitou-springs-overlay. A telephone hotline is also available at 719-472-3031.

The Westside Avenue Action Plan is a collaborative community effort to develop short-term transportation and safety improvement recommendations and a long-range livable, walkable, economic vision for the 1.5 miles of US 24 Business West (W. Colorado and Manitou avenues between N. 31st Street and the...

Save the date for this important Community Meeting
10/05/2016
Community Meeting - Fire Protection Peakview Subdivision Project

Save the date for this important Community Meeting

SAVE THE DATE - Oct 12 @ 6 pm COMMUNITY MEETING - Peakview City Hall - 606 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829 The City of Manitou Springs is holding a community meeting for the Water Main – Fire Protection Peakview Subdivision Project. The meeting will be held at the Manitou Springs City Hall on...

National Community Planning Month
10/04/2016

National Community Planning Month

09/26/2016

Manitou Avenue Road Improvements Underway -­
Scheduled Completion December 2016

Work on a three-month Manitou Avenue Road Improvements project has started at US 24 - Manitou Avenue, the intersection of Garden of the Gods Place and CO 24 East. The work includes an asphalt overlay on Manitou Avenue along with drainage, guardrail, bridge deck work and
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramp work . The $2.4 million Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project will be constructed by Kiewit Infrastructure Group. Project completion is expected at the end of 2016.

"There is never an ideal time to impact traffic. However, CDOT and the overlay project team did an excellent job identifying a time period that is least impactful, after the tourism season and before winter weather," said Manitou Springs Mayor Nichole Nicoletta. "The team met with stakeholders and continues to work collaboratively to make the community aware of traffic
impacts related to the project."

Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with a possibility of Saturday work with the approval of CDOT.
Intermittent lane closures and temporary short-term full closures will occur. The project work is split between two sites:

Site A Closure
Manitou Avenue between Serpentine Drive to US 24 Access Ramp at the Rainbow Falls Bridge area will remain closed. This closure will continue through Oct. 14, 2016. When permanently reopened, this portion will have a new pavement, new guardrail, and new striping.
Drivers wanting to access Manitou Springs from US 24 will need to use Serpentine Drive, Washington Avenue, or preferably, the Manitou Avenue interchange.

Site B Closure
Motorists will experience a full closure at Garden of Gods Place between El Paso Boulevard and Manitou Avenue from late Sept. through late Oct. This closure allows for bridge, barrier and drainage work to happen concurrently, reducing the duration of disturbance on the road and bike path. CLICK H ERE for detour information.

This Manitou Avenue Road Improvements project is in cooperation with the El Paso County Westside Avenue Action Plan (www . WestsideAvenuePlan.com ). Construction schedules are subject to change based on weather / unforeseen circumstances and schedule changes.

Project Information
The $2.4 million CO 24 East Manitou Avenue Road Improvements project -- consists of an overlay through Manitou Springs along with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) ramp work . The project entails milling , paving, ADA ramps (approximately 30), drainage inlet and pipes, adjustments to manholes and water valves, bridge deck repairs and pavement striping. Completion is planned for late 2016 .

How Do I Get Project Updates?
Sign up for periodic project updates by sending an email to [email protected] . Project information is available at: httos://www.codot.gov/pro jects/us -24-eas t-manitou-springs-overlay . A telephone hotline is also available at 719-472 -3031.

Share This Information With Others Forward this e-newsletter.
Please share this information with others who may have an interest in the CO 24 East Manitou Avenue Road Improvements project.

09/13/2016
Question of the Week 5 | PlanManitou

Plan Manitou participants: weigh in on the Question of the Week - Qualify of Life factors, at: http://manitousprings.engagingplans.org/question-week-5

Question of the Week 5 Which of the following will be most critical to your quality of life in the future? (Please select your top three) Access to health and human services Affordable housing options Access to public transportation options Ability to live close to where I work Reliable employment A...

Want to learn more about El Paso County plans Rainbow Falls?  Join us Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall  - v...
08/08/2016
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Want to learn more about El Paso County plans Rainbow Falls? Join us Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall - visit www.elpasoco.com. For more details.

07/29/2016

Manitou Springs has a Short-term Rental Hotline if you hear or see anything of concern. Please call 1-435-STR-HELP (1-435-787-4357) to report any problems or possible illegal short-term vacation rentals. The hotline is staffed 24.7 and is for Short-Term Vacation rental issues only.

Library Project
07/29/2016

Library Project

07/28/2016
Community Meeting #3: Vision and Goals

The deadline to submit feedback on goals for Plan Manitou is Friday, July 29 at 5:00 pm. Take the survey at: http://bit.ly/29cAPF4. Submit your meeting in a box results to the Planning Department! Learn more at: www.planmanitou.com

Community Meeting #3: Vision and Goals The third Plan Manitou Community Outreach Series took place on June 8 – June 9, 2016. Over the course of these two days, the project team met with staff, the Planning Commission, the Hazard Mitigation Planning Team, and the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to...

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Manitou Springs, CO
80829

The Planning Department is located at Manitou Springs City Hall and is served by Mountain Metropolitan Transit's Route #3. There is a transit stop on Manitou Avenue just east of City Hall.

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