Mar 29, 2010 10:06 PM by News First 5

Homeless campground future uncertain

The future of a possible campground designated for the homeless in Colorado Springs is uncertain.   

"I'm a little disappointed," said City Councilman Tom Gallagher who hoped it would become a place where the city's homeless could camp legally.

"One of the things that made it a viable project was the zoning was in place," he said.  But now he worries the project me be at a ‘dead end.' 

He said city staff has told the developer of the land that the paperwork is too old.  "I hate to say it but the reason it's not going to happen is the city of Colorado Springs," he said.

Staff says they approved a development plan for the site in 1982 that expired about  4 years later.  Now it needs to be updated. "You would just need to resubmit the plan with any modifications, updated information and we'd review it based on modern day regulations," said Ryan Tefertiller, a senior planner at the city.

Gallagher doesn't think the plan should have expired and says the review process and a possible appeal could take more time than the developer has.



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