In a land exchange approved by the City of Colorado Springs in May 2016, The Broadmoor obtained a 182.14-acre site in North Cheyenne Canyon known as Strawberry Hill. In exchange for that property, the City acquired 371 acres and a variety of strategic trail easements previously owned by The Broadmoor that greatly improves city and public access to local trails and public recreation areas. Approximately half of the land the city received in the exchange consists of public trail easements and property for the Manitou Incline, part of the Barr Trail, an area in North Cheyenne Canyon and access to trails around Mount Muscoco.
The local land planning firm of N.E.S., Inc. and its team of specialists has been contracted to develop a Master Plan for the Strawberry Hill Property on behalf of The Broadmoor to ensure land use requirements stipulated by Colorado Springs City Council and in the Conservation Easement are met for the property. The Broadmoor has agreed to engage in a public master plan process for the Strawberry Hill property and eagerly looks forward to fulfilling their commitments per the Colorado Springs City Council and the conservation easement.
The conservation easement held by the Palmer Land Trust, a state-certified and nationally accredited land trust, ensures public access to all but 8.5 acres of the 182.14-acre Strawberry Hill. The Palmer Land Trust oversees its conservation and ensures the recreational values on the rest of the land are observed. Specifically, the plans must uphold the Conservation Purposes and Values identified in the Conservation Easement including Public Recreation/Education and Open Space as follows:
- The Property is required to provide public access for passive outdoor recreation, trail connections, and associated recreational access for the use and enjoyment of the general public.
- The Property shall be planned and managed as open space because it has been preserved for the enjoyment of the general public and will yield a significant public benefit
Citizens have the opportunity to provide input through a series of public meetings that will help inform the plan.
Public Meeting 1: Took place from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 8 at Cheyenne Mountain Jr. High School, 1200 West Cheyenne Road. Approximately 150 people attended. The purpose of this meeting was to introduce the Master Plan project team, provide an overview of the Master Plan process and provisions as set forth in the Conservation Easement held by the Palmer Land Trust and per City Council, and to obtain public input regarding concerns, issues and desires for the property.
Public Meeting 2: Took place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 13, at Cheyenne Mountain Jr. High School, 1200 West Cheyenne Road. Approximately 100 people attended. The project team of specialists presented preliminary data and information assembled at the time of this meeting including mapping and analysis of the social trails, wildlife, cultural resources, plan ecology, forestry inventory and erosion.
Documents presented at the public meetings will be posted on the "Public Meetings" tab of this website. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be updated periodically and additional documents can be found on the "Other Documents" tab.
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