The master planning process is underway for a section of North Cheyenne Canyon called Strawberry Fields, which the city of Colorado Springs traded to the Broadmoor Hotel in a controversial land exchange last year. The plan, which is being developed by local company N.E.S. Inc, will establish parameters for future management and trail development on the 180-acre property.
When city council approved the so-called Broadmoor land exchange last May, they required that all but 8.5 acres of Strawberry Fields be placed under a permanent conservation easement and remain accessible to the public.
N.E.S. president and owner, Tim Seibert, says the company is working with consultants to gather environmental data on the property, which will be used to develop the master plan. Seibert says the process will take months, but updates will be released to the public as they become available.
"We've got a website set up where all of our information will be stored," says Seibert, "people can access it 24/7 to make sure they have the correct information. That's one of the things that people are, honestly, very fearful of--they don't have all the information and we want to make sure that's available to them."
N.E.S. will also be holding a series of public meetings about the plan, where Seibert says community feedback is encouraged.
The first in that series of meetings will take place March 8th from 5-7pm at Cheyenne Mountain Jr. High School. The next meeting is expected to take place in mid-April.
For more information and to provide input online, head to the Strawberry Hill Master Plan website.