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PlanCOS releases citizen survey results

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The city released survey results from the PlanCOS initiative, which asked people living in the city to outline the long-term vision for Colorado Springs.

The city said citizens responded to the following visions for the city most frequently:

  • Majestic Landscapes: 1.236 responses
  • Vibrant Neighborhoods: 916 responses
  • Strong Connections: 777 responses
  • Thriving Economy: 746 responses
  • Unique Urban Places: 604 responses
  • Renowned Culture: 544 responses

The most commented plan was the "Majestic Landscape" vision, which focused on the city's natural landscape and parks. That view would emphasize conservation of our local landmarks like Garden of the Gods and preserving views of Pikes Peak.

Vibrant neighborhoods received the second most responses from citizens.  This vision hopes to see a diverse collection of businesses, along with affordable housing throughout the city.  A greater police presence and safety throughout the city were also a key part of this vision.  

A vision for strong connections also received substantial input from citizens.  With this vision, citizens would like to see an active plan for a high speed rail running along the front range starting in Denver down to Pueblo.  They also hope to see an improvement in roadway infrastructure and capacity, in order to improve congestion throughout the area.

It's no surprise that a thriving economy is also an important issue to citizens when it comes to the future vision of the city.  To realize a thriving economy, people in Colorado Springs hoped to see support for economic development and capitalizing on the emerging sports economy.  One person responding to the survey also wanted to see an emphasis on attracting high tech and cyber based companies to the area.

Citizens also reported a desire for "unique urban places" in the city as part of their vision.. Respondents said they would like to see more public events, such as farmers markets and concerts.  Integration of more downtown housing, and further implementation of a river walk along Monument Creek were also a part of this vision.

A more renowned cultural scene is also part of the citizens vision for the future. People who responded to the survey expressed a want for a greater presence of the arts throughout the city by attracting more museums, venues, and establishing a central arts district.  Citizens also hoped to see an integration of the arts into the natural landscape of the city, with outdoor venues and art in parks.  

People living in Colorado Springs were also asked what they liked the most about our community, and received the following responses:

The survey also asked Colorado Springs residents what they want to get better in our community as we continue to grow in the future. Colorado Springs is expected to have a larger population than Denver by 2050.

Transportation and infrastructure improvements were the most popular topics for the city to improve upon as it looks to the future.

CLICK HERE for a complete look at the survey's findings on the City of Colorado Springs' website.

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