Today, I am prepared (if I see that it is needed) to address the Colorado Springs City Council regarding the removal of an extra regulatory hoop in the path of progress. Approximately three years ago, Downtown Stakeholders rallied around Colorado Springs Planners Ryan Tefertiller and Meghan Riesterer in adopting The Downtown Form-based Code. The code was one that provides a framework of what is desired downtown, rather than regulating what we do not want. It is a mind shift from the status quo of a Euclidian Code which exists in the remainder of the City.
Euclidean zoning codes have created numerous headaches for public and private planners, developers, property owners, architects, planning officials, contractors, and common community residents for several years now. Many of the inherent problems of Euclidean zoning are not realized until many years after a zoning decision has been made.
The evolution of the big box has become a fairly predictable life cycle for most cities across the country. Larger cities and their respective suburban communities were the first to realize that the expected life of the big box was short-lived.