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Virtual open house for Fortman roundabout closes June 10


Last updated 6/9/2021 at 10:05am | View PDF

The virtual Open House for the proposed roundabout at Fountain Mesa Road and Caballero/Fortman avenues near Janitell Junior High closes this Thursday. If you wish to learn more about the proposal and submit comments, visit:

The county’s proposal includes a roundabout, pedestrian crossing areas, drainage, lighting and restriping of Fountain Mesa Road north of the intersection to Fontaine Boulevard as one lane in each direction with a center left-turn lane and outside shoulders.

In other recent county news, the El Paso County Planning Commission voted unanimously to adopt the Your El Paso Master Plan at the commission’s Special Hearing on May 26. The county’s new Master Plan will now go before the Board of County Commissioners for final certification at their meeting on June 22.

This milestone comes after nearly two-and-a-half years of research, rigorous plan development, public input, multi-agency input and more. The El Paso County Planning and Community Development Department, who led the Master Plan development effort for the County, was thrilled at the Planning Commission’s decision to adopt the Plan.

“We are very excited to announce the adoption of Your El Paso County Master Plan. Over the past two-and-a-half years we have engaged with our citizens, military installations, municipalities, and hundreds of other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive vision for the future of El Paso County. We so grateful for all of their many contributions to this process,” said Craig Dossey, executive director of El Paso County Planning and Community Development. “As we move forward, the Master Plan is going to be a valuable tool used help guide the County in making decisions regarding land use, population growth, infrastructure, water supplies and many other important topics facing our growing community.”

The final draft of the Your El Paso Master Plan will be available online for anyone to review once it is certified by the Board of County Commissioners. Printed hard copies of the Master Plan will also eventually be available at the Regional Development Center Planning Desk (2880 International Cir, Colorado Springs, CO 80910) and at Centennial Hall (200 S. Cascade, Suite 100, Colorado Springs 80903) for those who would like to review the document in-person.

Miscellaneous county projects in the Fountain Valley approved by county commissioners:

* Award of a purchase order to Wilson & Company to provide engineering design services for the Mesa Ridge Parkway Improvements Project, not to exceed $799,160. This will involve additional eastbound lanes on Mesa Ridge from Powers Boulevard to Marksheffel Road, including the existing bridge, and design of a second bridge over Jimmy Camp Creek to accommodate the new eastbound lanes.

* Award of a purchase order to Wilson & Company, Inc. to provide civil engineering design services for the Dix Circle and Libby Court Stormwater Improvements Project, not to exceed $105,293.

The work consists of design for improvements to existing stormwater management structures to address impacts to downstream public and private property due to recurring flooding.

* Approval of a request by COLA, LLC, for approval of a map amendment (rezoning) of 117.98 at Trails at Aspen Ridge, southeast of the intersection of Powers Boulevard and south of Bradley Road, and approval of a preliminary plan for 75 single-family residential lots, right-of-way and open space.

The request is to allow for an increase of the overall density of single-family residential development by 75 lots, from 605 lots to 680 lots. The proposed increase in density is a result of the applicant reconfiguring lot layouts in proposed Filing Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the development. The applicant is altering previous plans that showed alley-loaded single-family units and two-family units in the above listed filings to frontloaded single family homes, without alleys. The resulting alterations will lead to an increase of 75 single-family lots.


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