Transportation Master Plan
About this study: Colorado College places a high priority on the safety of those who travel through and around the campus. Close calls between pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and autos happen all too often. The college’s desire to assure that mobility changes are compatible with the college’s long range plans, and that potential neighborhood impacts are considered have prompted a seven-month study to support the development of the Colorado College Transportation Master Plan. Study participants will identify existing safety and mobility issues, analyze current travel plans and make recommendations for future improvements.
At its May 7 meeting, the Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Board (CTAB) discussed a process for its involvement in the Colorado College Transportation Master Plan. The CTAB agreed to be part of the process and a recommending body to the City of Colorado Springs Planning Commission and City Council. For more information about the Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Board and to view meeting documents, see: https://www.springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=4117
Once the CTAB has identified its path forward with regard to the study, information will be posted to this website.
The draft recommendations will be based on community values and community vision established by the roughly 40 members of the working group. It includes input received from citizens, businesses, community leaders, City of Colorado Springs staff and college and student body representatives. A road system traffic analysis to establish existing and projected future traffic volumes will be included in the draft plan. Colorado Springs city staff is reviewing the recommendations for cost implications, feasibility and technical acceptability.
“We want to stress that the public vetting process is not yet over,” said Tim Seibert, project manager with N.E.S., the firm leading the master transportation plan process. “What we have at this point is a recommendation based on all the input we’ve received to this point from the community and the working group.”
“A successful final plan will reflect neighborhood and community interests. Our desire is that the process balances the college’s need for safety and mobility with the interests of the surrounding community and adjacent neighborhoods. The plan should also be aesthetically pleasing and create a sense of arrival when approaching the campus, integrating the college with the life of the city and respecting the historic nature of neighborhoods.”
— Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler
Goal: The primary goal of the study is to address immediate and long-term safety and mobility of all who travel through and around the campus.
Objectives: Through a Stakeholder Working Group and public input, the plan will be informed by –
- Conducting a collaborative process involving stakeholder representatives of Colorado College (faculty and administration), college student body, City of Colorado Springs, neighborhoods, businesses and other community interests
- Analyzing current conditions for mobility and safety for all users within and around the Colorado College campus
- Identifying and Evaluating conflict areas that present challenges to mobility and safety
- Recommending future improvements balancing the needs and interest of the campus, the City of Colorado Springs, as well as those of neighborhoods and the community
How to participate: The college recognizes that a successful final plan needs to reflect the needs and interests of the campus, as well as those of the neighborhood and community. We are initiating this collaborative process to receive input and guidance from all stakeholders.
A Stakeholder Working Group meets monthly on the campus in Slocum Hall to guide and inform the study. These meetings are open to the public and include a public comment period at the end of each meeting.
Public Open Houses will provide opportunities for the public to provide input. The first open house was Dec. 4. A second open house will be scheduled near the end of the study.
Colorado College’s desire for the campus and surrounding area is complementary to the Long Range Development Plan and other studies recently conducted for the Old North End Neighborhood and downtown Colorado Springs. These plans all reflect a common vision for the area and demonstrate a synergy between these entities to do something that makes a positive impact.
- Imagine Downtown
- Long Range Development Plan
- Old North End Neighborhood Master Plan
- Urban Land Institute Report
Other Resource Links
The college has contracted with the local land planning and urban design firm of N.E.S. Inc. to lead the seven-month study. The project team includes:
Felsburg Holt & Ullevig
Colorado College Liaisons:
Robert Moore, CFO
Mike Edmonds, Dean of Students
Leslie Weddell, Communications