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Annexation petition concerns city

 

Last updated 11/23/2021 at 2:17pm | View PDF

City of Colorado Springs 'Areas of Interest' Map

Property owners have petitioned to annex about 3,225 acres between Bradley, Squirrel Creek and Link Roads, into the city of Colorado Springs.

Petitions to annex more than 3,000 acres into Colorado Springs have some officials in the Fountain Valley concerned about what kind of densities might be allowed for future housing, and how all that would affect traffic, drainage, public safety and more throughout Fountain and Security-Widefield.

The petitions for annexation of 11 separate pieces of land -collectively referred to as Amara, and located south of Bradley Road down to Squirrel Creek Road near the Fountain Landfill, and west to Link Road - were presented to the Colorado Spring City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The items are informational at this time, meaning no action is being taken yet.

Here in Fountain, city staff are keeping a close eye on the process.

"Legally, there's nothing we can do," Deputy City Manager Todd Evans told the Fountain City Council last week. "That's private property that's unannexed currently."

Local leaders have already discussed potential impacts of possible housing developments, which - at full build-out, using the maximum density - could result in as many as 20,000 homes over time.

"It's going to change the face of everything down here," Evans said.

The property juts along the eastern border of Fountain and El Paso County neighborhoods such as Lorson Ranch.

Owners had begun efforts to bring this same land into Fountain less than two years ago, but the city couldn't commit to providing enough water.

Colorado Springs, if it chooses to annex the land, would have to pipe in its own water supply.

Evans noted that the property's proximity to Fountain and Security means that local first responders might be pulled into that area for emergencies, due to mutual aid agreements. Colorado Springs' closest police substation at Sand Creek is "11 miles, as the bird flies," Evans said.

Although actual development resulting from the annexations, if approved, would be a few years out, Evans said Fountain leaders will stay actively engaged in the process to identify any specific areas of concern early in the process.

"We will work with Colorado Springs to come to the best solutions that we can to not negatively impact the Fountain Valley, but that's going to be a challenge," he said.

He suggested that area residents who share those concerns or who have ideas should be involved in the process in Colorado Springs by attending meetings and submitting input along with city officials.

 

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