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Serve on the Planning Commission


Last updated 7/21/2021 at 9:28am | View PDF

Good day. I hope all are well and that many of you were able to get out and enjoy the County Fair last week. Today I want to highlight our county receiving national recognition for some of our area's efforts, as well as advertise a volunteer board opening on the Planning Commission.

El Paso County was recently notified that it has won several 2021 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards. El Paso County took home awards in four program areas, including a program to address youth substance abuse in the Fountain Valley Area. The Teen Action Board (TAB) operates as a community-based board in the Fountain Valley area of El Paso County. The TAB is comprised of facilitators employed by El Paso County Health who work side-by-side with local youth representatives to address the issue of youth substance abuse. The overarching goal of the Teen Action Board is to engage local youth in strategic planning, and most importantly action, to address youth substance behavior in Fountain Valley.

Members of the TAB work collectively to identify and understand the root causes underlying youth risk behavior related to substance abuse. The Teen Action Board is designed to foster healthy relationships between adult mentors in the community, El Paso County Public Health facilitators and other community members as they work collectively to address the issue. The program is designed to engage local teens in the effort, provide skills in facilitation and leadership and ensure they realize they have a powerful voice within their community. Congratulations on the well-earned award.

Also, the Board of El Paso County Commissioners is seeking community-minded citizen volunteers to serve on the El Paso County Planning Commission. The Planning Commission is currently seeking one Associate member and applications are due by July 30, 2021. The Planning Commission reviews planning petitions and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on land use requests and prepares a Master Plan for unincorporated areas of the county.

The commission consists of nine members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for three-year terms. Associate members may also be appointed for one-year terms. Terms are limited to two full consecutive terms, except for associate members who may be reappointed for an indefinite number of terms. Planning Commission meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 1pm at the Centennial Hall Hearing Room, 200 S Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The volunteer package can be accessed at Thanks, and have a wonderful week.


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