The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to support the two-year joint land-use study in partnership with local and state governments and the local military bases. PPACG was hired by the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment, to serve as the project manager.
The Colorado Springs Regional Joint Land-Use Study will produce a strategic plan to preserve military readiness and defense capabilities while supporting community economic development and jointly-beneficial adjacent land uses. The plan will promote community development that is compatible with military training, testing, and operational missions, and seek ways to reduce operational impacts on adjacent lands. The U.S. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, local jurisdictions in El Paso, Teller, Pueblo, and Fremont counties, and the State of Colorado will participate. PPACG previously led the six-year, four-county effort to study the impacts on the community related to the growth of Fort Carson.
“We are pleased that the State of Colorado is continuing to partner with our military installations and local communities through the joint land-use study,” said Rob MacDonald, PPACG Executive Director. “As with prior regional studies and collaborations, our ongoing community and military partnerships work toward common goals.”
“This grant award from DOLA demonstrates the importance of studying how the military and the community can collaborate on land use issues in this region,” said Brian Potts, JLUS Program Manager at PPACG. “The study will strengthen Colorado’s communities as community stakeholders identify useful land use strategy recommendations during this process.”
Data collection and analysis began in 2016 with scheduled public input for 2017:
- February 2017 – Discussion on USAFA land use, wild fire, storm-water, and trail access.
- May 2017 – Release and public comment on Chapter 1 of JLUS Report.
- Summer 2017 – Release and public comment on additional chapters.Fall 2017 – First draft of full study available online for public comment.
About the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
The Pikes Peak region’s 16 local governments join together in PPACG to collaborate on issues that cross political boundaries and to reach solutions that benefit the entire region. PPACG’s primary focus is regional planning in transportation, aging issues, and air and water quality.