Southeast Strong Community Plan

Planning Phase

About the Plan

The first plan under the Neighborhood Planning Program will be the Southeast Community Plan. This Community Plan will draw on the goals and visions of PlanCOS and interpret them into area, neighborhood, and site-specific discussions and recommendations. This Community Plan is anticipated to be an overall plan for the physical development of the land while also incorporating transportation planning, public safety, economic development, climate resiliency, and healthy community planning.

Supporting Documents:


  • Land: 4,835 acres (402 are vacant land)
  • Population: 36,098
  • Housing Units: 13,123
    • Owned: 6,382
    • Rented: 5,840

Compared with the City of Colorado Springs as a whole, southeast Colorado Springs has a higher incidence of poverty, a markedly lower life expectancy, and less access to healthy foods. It is also the hottest area of our City, with the least amount of tree cover, and therefore most vulnerable to the emerging impacts of climate change. Although these topics have been discussed and addressed in other plans, including a 2018 Healthy Places Urban Land Institute Report, and in ongoing community initiatives such as the RISE Coalition, data for these topics have not been systematically assessed for inclusion in actionable land use master planA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property.. To help measure and inform plan recommendations, a Health Assessment of the plan boundary is being prepared. This Health Assessment looks at resident health, healthy food access, and climate resiliency, and establish a set of indicators that can be continuously measured for progress.

Steering Committee

Steering Committee

Technical Support Team Agencies

Yolanda Avila City Council Representative Land Use Review
Laura Nelson Apartment Association of Southern Colorado Housing & Community Development
Dr. Wendy Birhanzel Harrison School District 2 Mountain Metro Transit Services
Shawn Gullixson Vectra Bank Colorado Springs Police
Keyshon Cooks / Stephanie Surch Council of Neighbors & Organizations Colorado Springs Fire
Marla Luckey / Jamie Phahl El Paso County Health Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services
Pastor Ben Anderson Solid Rock Community Development Corp City Communications
Janet H. Brugger Black Chamber of Commerce Public Works & Transportation Planning
Joe Aldaz Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Colorado Springs Utilities
Joyce Salazar RISE Coalition Real Estate Services
Darsey Nicklassen Places Management Economic Development
Matt Craddock Craddock Commercial Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
Susan Davies Trails and Open Space Coalition Neighborhood Services
Pam Shockley-Zalabak CommuniCon, Inc. El Paso County Planning Department
Col Jennifer Fitch Peterson Air Force Base Office of Innovation
Rosita Camargo


Latrina Ollie Resident  
Julie Ramirez Resident  

Survey Results

City Planning staff is working to pull the results of recent surveys which either targeted the Southeast area of town, or respondents were from the Southeast area. Once reviewed with the Steering Committee, those results will be posted here.

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