Proposed Metropolitan District Changes

The city is in the process of amending the City's model service plan, model intergovernmental agreement, and Chapter 66 of the City Code for metropolitan districts ('metro districts'). The changes are intended to:

  • Ensure homeowners are adequately informed about metro districts and tax obligations

  • Set limitations to protect homeowners from excessive tax burdens

  • Ensure metro districts remain a viable tool for developers to fund necessary and required infrastructure and services

Project Process and Updates

Upcoming: September 2021 City Council Meetings to Adopt Changes:

Based on direction at the July 6, 2021 Planning Session, staff is drafting an ordinance amending Chapter 66 of the City Code and finalizing an amended model service plan and model intergovernmental agrement for consideration for adoption in September 2021. The city anticipates a first reading of the ordinance on September 14, 2021 and second reading on September 28, 2021.

The model service plan that will be considered for formal approval will be substantially the same as the "5th Draft June 2021 Model Service Plan" which can be found in the links column on this page. Staff anticipates only very minor "clean up" edits to the June version.

Previous 2021 Council Educational Sessions:

Staff provided education sessions to City Council as follows:

1) March 23, 2021 Council Update - overview on the purpose and background of metro districts in Colorado

2) April 6, 2021 Planning Session - review of City's metro district regulatory history, and application and review procedures 

3) April 20, 2021 Planning Session - Discussion of recommended changes to the City's metro district regulations including amendments to the model service plan and intergovernmental agreement forms, and City Code based on direction from Council and feedback from stakeholders and the community. Note: During this meeting, Council directed staff to reorganize the presentation content and continue the presentation on a subsequent date.  

4July 6, 2021 Planning Session - The presentation on recommended changes to the City's metro district regulations was continued to the July 6th Planning Session. City Council directed staff to bring forward an ordinance amending Chapter 66 of the City Code, and the new model service plan and model intergovernmental agreement for formal consideration in September 2021.

Information on how to access all Council meetings and meeting agendas are available on the City Council Meeting Information webpage.

Progression of Proposed Changes

5th Draft - June 2021 Proposed Changes:

Staff made minor revisions to the proposed model service plan to conform with Senate Bill 21-262 signed into law on June 28, 2021. This latest draft model service plan was included in the packet for the July 6, 2021 Planning Session and can be found under the "5th Draft - June 2021 Proposed Changes" column along with all stakeholder comments received through July 6, 2021 and Colorado Senate Bill 21-262 for reference.

4th Draft - April 2021 Proposed Changes:

The fourth draft is essentially the same as the third draft. This version merely shows all changes together without identifying which changes were from February and which changes were from January as shown in the third draft. The April version has very minor "clean up" edits. Staff This version was prepared for inclusion in the packet for the April 20, 2021 Planning Session. Please see the links under the "4th Draft - April 2021 Proposed Changes" column to view the draft April 2021 model service plan changes.

3rd Draft - February 2021 Proposed Changes:

Staff made revisions to the January 2021 proposed model service plan based on stakeholder comments received in January. Staff completed a new draft which shows the January changes in red text and February changes in green text. Please see the links under the "3rd Draft - February 2021 Proposed Changes" column to view the draft February 2021 model service plan changes and staff responses to January stakeholder comments.

2nd Draft - January 2021 Proposed Changes:

Staff made revisions to the initial July 2020 proposed changes based on stakeholder comments received in July. Staff completed a new summary of proposed changes and a red-lined draft of the City's model service plan for metropolitan districts reflecting proposed changes. Please see the links under the "January 2021 Proposed Changes" links column to view the 2nd draft changes as well as stakeholder comments regarding these changes. Staff is in the process of reviewing stakeholder comments to the January 2021 draft. The City held a second public webinar on January 28, 2021 to discuss the January changes.

1st Draft - July 2020 Proposed Changes:

Staff drafted initial options for changes in July 2020. A packet identifying the options that were intially contemplated is available under the "1st Draft - July 2020 Proposed Changes" links column. The City held a public webinar on July 15, 2020 to discuss the issues and the July proposed changes. Staff received many comments from stakeholders on these intial proposed changes and spent many months deliberating on how to make revisions that best balanced the needs of the City, City residents, and metro districts.

A complete list of stakeholder comments and the slides from the July 15, 2020 webinar are linked under the "1st Draft - July 2020 Proposed Changes" links column.

Applicability

Changes to the City's model service plan, model intergovernmental agreement, and City Code would be applicable to new applications including requests for amendments. These changes are not applicable to existing service plans or intergovernmental agreements already approved. 

Metro District Current Requirements
5th Draft - June 2021 Proposed Changes
4th Draft - April 2021 Proposed Changes
3rd Draft - February 2021 Proposed Changes
2nd Draft - January 2021 Proposed Changes
1st Draft - July 2020 Proposed Changes