The proposed amendments were heard by the Planning Commission on May 18, 2023. The proposed amendments were changed to reflect the recommendations of the Planning Commission.

The Planning and Community Development Department is proposing amendments to Chapters 1 and 5 of the El Paso County Land Development Code that relate to carports located in the front yard setback.

The following public hearings are scheduled to discuss the proposed amendments:

    • Board of County Commissioners Work Session: May 2, 2023
    • Planning Commission: May 18, 2023
    • Board of County Commissioners Land Use meeting: June 20, 2023

The public may also email to provide feedback on the proposed amendments.

Q & A

What are the proposed amendments?

Currently, the Code allows temporary carports to extend into the front yard setback to a point of 15 feet from the front property line. In other words, carports may extend into the front yard setback ten (10) feet. If a property owner needs to increase that setback, application must be made to the Board of Adjustment for a dimensional variance.

The proposed amendments would allow for carports to extend to a point of no less than five (5) from the front property line. For example, if the front yard setback is 25ft for a property, the proposed amendments may allow for a carport to go 20 feet into the front yard setback. Additionally, the proposed amendments would add standards on the size, height, and materials for the carports located in the front yard setback.

If I have approval for my existing carport, will the proposed amendments affect my approval?

No further action is needed if approval was obtained for an existing carport.

Will I be allowed to have a carport under the proposed amendments if my Homeowner's Association (HOA) prohibits carports?

The proposed amendments would not annul HOA covenants and residents would still have to abide by any private agreement and/or covenant.