COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It's no secret that Colorado Springs is growing by leaps and bounds, but The State Demographer's Office is predicting Colorado Springs and El Paso County will outgrow Denver County, population wise in 2035, less than 18 years away.
"Growth is inevitable," Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said. "We're going to grow, but the question is you know how smart are we going to make sure that growth is?"
Suthers said he has mixed emotions about the predicted growth, as it could put a real strain on city services.
Right now, CSPD response times for priority one calls are at 12 minutes, 12 seconds, what will happen when the population grows?
"As the areas fill-in and we have more fire stations and maybe and maybe another police substation that will somewhat correct itself as long as we make sure they are paying for itself," Suthers said.
With the stormwater tax passing last week, Suthers sees hope in keeping that infrastructure from costing the city more money.
"As we build new developments there will be the money there to pay for the stormwater development, it doesn't have to come out of the general fund," Suthers said.
But Suthers know she's playing a long game.
"We just have to make sure that we do everything that we can to preserve the quality of life that we have," Suthers said.
Suthers also brought up the issue of widening I-25 in the area known as "The Gap."
Right now, The State Demography Office estimates that 54,000 people live in El Paso County and commute to Denver.
Suthers said if a federal grant comes through he sees the project done by 2020.
However other transportation options like the Hyperloop will likely need to be looked at as well.