The Colorado Springs City council gave developers approval to build the first 700 homes of Banning Lewis Ranch Tuesday night. The proposed development is located on the far east side of Colorado Springs and could be the site of 60,000 new homes over the next 40 years. Council members approved construction plans after developers agreed to pay for the community's 100 million dollar sewage treatment plant themselves. Council members refused to approve the developer's plans for the past 4 council meetings until the agreement was in place. Developers are also shelling out their own money to alleviate dust on the construction site, which has been a consistent source complaint from neighboring communities. Construction should start late this spring. In the meantime, developers are preparing a study to determine how the rest of Banning Lewis Ranch's infrastructure will be paid for. Council members must approve the plan before developers can begin the next phase.
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