Reagan Ranch is a 225-acre, master-planned community bringing a mix of industrial, commercial/office, and residential uses to eastern Colorado Springs, Colorado. The project brings 28 acres of industrial uses; 62 acres of commercial/office/general retail space; 119 acres of mixed-density, residential opportunities; and over 21 acres of public parkland to this growing area of the city. Matrix engaged with City staff and stakeholders throughout the process to address a number of site constraints and problem-solve collaboratively, effectively fostering cooperation on land use transitions and buffers, noise mitigation, connectivity and traffic planning, and parks/open space planning. The result was successful approval of the master plan by both the City of Colorado Springs Planning Commission and City Council, allowing for future economic growth, critical housing options, and much needed infrastructure extensions and upgrades.
The mixed-use community incorporates significant opportunities for general retail, as well as office space for potential research and development uses that could support two nearby military installations. The mixed-density projects includes a variety of housing styles ranging from traditional, single-family detached dwelling units to small lot developments and multi-family units in an area where limited housing exists. These land uses are complemented by over 21 acres of parks, open space, and trail corridors, including a 9-acre, neighborhood park and community center.
The master-planned project required extensive coordination with multiple jurisdictions. The existing main roadway bisecting the property was realigned and required right-of-way acquisition and negotiation with adjacent parcels and jurisdictions, including the sale of Colorado Department of Transportation land. Over 30 miles of utility extensions were required to serve the site, including 8-inch water, 12-inch water, 16-inch water, 8-inch forcemain, 14-inch forcemain, 8-inch gravity sanitary were required to serve the site. Matrix worked closely with Colorado Springs Utilities to design and route a portion of their transmission main that will be used to help provide redundant water availability to southeastern Colorado Springs. Grading of the 225-acre site required moving approximately one million cubic yards of material to create a cohesive design between the residential and commercial portions of the site while still maintaining necessary drainage patterns. A stormwater bypass system was designed to convey upstream stormwater flows through the site, which included 4’x8’ box culvert. Final completion includes at least six water quality and detention ponds that were deliberately planned to enhance the beauty of the area while protecting downstream infrastructure.