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Give input on county's Master Plan


Last updated 6/3/2020 at 6:05am

I hope you are having a good day. I wanted to provide an update on variance requests and the continued re-opening of El Paso County. As I mentioned previously, restaurants were approved for in-person dining via our variance request, and then statewide several days later by the state. The county commissioners submitted a variance request for places of worship last week as well. We are finalizing another request for a broader range of business openings which should be submitted to the state sometime next week. El Paso County has done an excellent job in combating COVID, and our hospitalization numbers demonstrate an improving situation which I believe justifies wider re-opening for our community and businesses.

Additionally, for those requesting information regarding COVID-19 testing locations, several are open and available in El Paso County. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, short-ness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste and smell), can visit one of the testing sites below.

UCHealth Testing Tent: 175 S. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Peak Vista Testing Site: 3205 North Academy, Colorado Springs, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Children's Hospital Colorado Testing Site: 4125 Briargate Parkway (parking lot of Briargate Outpatient and Specialty Care), Colorado Springs. Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Kaiser/CDPHE Sites: Call for location info: 303-692-2700 (only for symptomatic first responders and healthcare workers).

Finally, El Paso County's Planning and Community Development Department is in the heart of the development process for the County Master Plan, and the public has another opportunity to provide feedback on the plan, starting this week. This next round of public participation will involve reviewing and providing input on the following topics:

"Placetypes": Placetypes characterize specific areas of El Paso County based on their defining character, scale, form, and function instead of identifying individual land uses for every parcel.

"Key Areas": Key Areas have their own unique characteristics and identity, and are generally localized into smaller geographic areas that are firmly established with the County, or have a distinct characteristic that distinguishes them from other areas.

"Areas of Change": Areas of Change set the stage for important development and character changes throughout the County, by establishing locations of prominence that should be protected for their historical significance or primed for their development potential.

El Paso County Planning and Community Development intended to host public meetings and feedback sessions in-person in April, but due to COVID-19, that is no longer an option, so this public review process will be conducted virtually.

Please visit the County Master Plan website ( on the below dates. Videos, accompanying materials and instructions will be posted on the given dates and will be available to the public for two weeks from the date of release.

June 1, 2020: Review and Provide Feedback on "Placetypes."

June 15, 2020: Review and Provide Feedback on "Key Areas."

June 29, 2020: Review and Provide Feedback on "Areas of Change."

God bless.


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