Planning And Development Annual Report

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A message from Pete Wysocki - Director of Planning and Development

Another year in the rear view mirror.

2018 proved to be yet another stellar year for the City of Colorado Springs and the Planning and Community Development Department. The completion of the City’s newest comprehensive planA comprehensive plan is a guiding document that provides a framework for city policies and priorities regarding the physical development of the city. It is a long-range vision of what we want our city to become and is a tool for making decisions about how that vision should be achieved. It outlines strategic steps to make the vision a reality and provides targeted and strategic planning of the physical development of the city.PlanCOS – topped off a very busy but rewarding year. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the individuals and organizations that spent countless hours helping shape PlanCOS – a document that I hope most can be proud of. Although we had some tough and honest conversations about who we are, where we are, and where we want to be as a city, I truly enjoyed this process. Comprehensive plans are aspirational and visionary. They are intended to help guide the future of cities yet be pragmatic and practical for everyday use. They should be prescriptive enough to be clear, yet flexible enough not to be seen as an impediment to creativity. They should also be adaptive to changing markets and able to withstand economic cycles and accommodate changing demographics. They are, after all, 20-year documents! I hope that PlanCOS will prove to be all that and more. Now that PlanCOS has been adopted, the real work starts.

Although fundamentally a land use policy document, PlanCOS, like many comprehensive plans, addresses many topics that help shape a community – such as mobility, infrastructure, economy, arts and culture, parks and open space, and housing. Achieving the City’s vision by implementing the strategies identified in PlanCOS will take a coordinated and collaborative effort by various City departments and partner organizations. Equally critical to the success of PlanCOS are strong leadership and acceptance of change and new ideas. There comes a point when “doing things the same way we’ve always done them” becomes an annoying rhetoric. I hope that we can continue to work together as community leaders, stakeholders, and citizens to implement PlanCOS. If change in direction is necessary, let’s not dwell on failures and ideas that didn’t work out. Instead, let’s look for creative solutions and compromises.

- Peter

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