Victorian Heights goes back to Planning Commission Aug. 3

       The 12-unit Victorian Heights development proposal will go before the Colorado Springs Planning Commission for the second time this year Thursday, Aug. 3.
       The commission had approved a less detailed plan in February before City Planning discovered that the site requires a full-blown development plan. In addition to providing landscaping detail, the new plan differs from February's by proposing staggered street setbacks (to eliminate a neighborhood-identified “wall” effect) and lower building heights for the six proposed duplexes on the north side of Wilhelmia Avenue.
       But residents in the existing neighborhood near 28th and Uintah streets continue to raise questions, chiefly about potential drainage and stability problems resulting from the steep slope above Wilhelmia, noted City Planner Larry Larsen. He noted these were the main issues at a neighborhood meeting on the new plan July 12. However, he added, “I believe the applicant has or will address both adequately (at Planning Commission).”
       Cox, who hopes to turn the duplexes into Habitat for Humanity residences should he receive city approval, said afterward, “I feel we've done everything we can do. It should be a lively conversation at Planning Commission.”
       The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. in the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle, Room 201.

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