North Cheyenne Cañon master plan appeal denied


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Colorado Springs City Council turned away an appeal of the North Cheyenne Cañon master plan on June 26, allowing the plan to go forward as written. The plan currently allows for shuttle studies in certain circumstances and lays out other controversial steps.

Here's a link to the plan.

Jim Bensberg and the Cheyenne Cañon Conservationists appealed the Park Advisory Board's approval on May 10 of the master plan, which didn't require Council approval. But the appeal did require Council action.

Council Voted 6-3 to deny the appeal, with Council President Richard Skorman and Councilors Bill Murray and Yolanda Avila voting in the minority.

After the vote, the city sent out this notice:
In a six-to-three vote in favor of denying the appeal, City Council also included in the motion the removal from the Plan of the word “minor” in reference to any future amendments to the Plan.

You Will See Changes in the Park this Year

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will begin implementation of the Plan this year. Park improvements will include:
Design and engineering of Powell Trailhead improvements;
Continued coordination on night closure gates at both entrances to the Park;
Installation of traffic counters in the Park; and
Trail improvements in the Helen Hunt Falls Interpretive Area, including the Silver Cascade and Buffalo Canyon Trails, a new trail connecting Columbine Trail and the Powell Trailhead, and trail connection improvements to the Bruin Inn picnic area.

In addition, the City will work collaboratively with the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon on:
Construction of an accessible trail loop connected to the Starsmore Center; and
Initiation of development of the Interpretive Plan as called for in the Master and Management Plan.
According to Director Karen Palus, “The Department greatly appreciates all of the work area residents put into developing the Plan. Our staff is excited to begin implementation and to continue to partner with the community to protect, restore, and enjoy this wonderful Park.”

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