COLORADO SPRINGS — Major growth is in the works for the Lorson Ranch community in southeast Colorado Springs.
On Tuesday, a big step was taken to potentially expand the neighborhood. Members of the El Paso County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve two different plots of land to create single-family residential lots. If all goes well almost 500 more homes could be built.
One of the plots, known as Creekside, is located south of Lorson Boulevard and east of Marksheffel Road. The other plot is located south of Fontaine Boulevard and east of Lamprey Drive.
Kari Parsons, Planner III with El Paso County Planning & Community Development, said, "Based on the land that remains vacant and the current infrastructure such as roads and central water and waste water this is a great location for that growth to occur...everybody wants to move to Colorado right now...the state demographer has anticipated a significant rise in growth specifically for El Paso County and the nearby region."
Parsons said there are about 3,000 lots in Lorson Ranch that have been approved by the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners. Of that 3,000 about 1,500 to 1,700 units have been built or are under construction.
The next step is to take the proposal to the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners for final approval which Parsons said will happen mid-November.