Planning Board Tables Decision on Two Urban Renewal Areas

Tonight, Aug. 18, 2014, the Planning Board tabled the discussion and decision on accepting or rejecting the Urban Renewal Plans for the Santa Fe Corridor and the Columbine Square area.   Some members of the Planning Board sited the fact that they received the information on Friday afternoon and an amendment at 11 o’clock today which was not enough time to consider the information properly.

LIFT sent their urban renewal plans for the two areas to the Planning Board as required by law. (Two more plans will be forthcoming.)  The Planning Board has 30 days to make a recommendation to the city council as to whether or not the plans comply with Littleton’s Citywide Complan.  The presentation by LIFT’s consultant spent most of her time relating the urban renewal plans to the Economic Plan which is not what the law requires.

The meeting will resume on Sept. 15th at 7pm in the council chamber.

Citizen’s Petition to Amend Charter – Why Should Taxes Intended for LPS go to Urban Renewal? Support the Citizen’s Initiative

A group of citizens are gathering signatures of registered Littleton voters to amend the City Charter to add a new section on Urban Renewal.  Urban Renewal is generally funded by Tax Increment Financing (TIF) which diverts tax dollars intended for the City, County, Littleton Public Schools, South Suburban and Urban Drainage to the Urban Renewal Authority, LIFT.

We believe that if the city council approves an urban renewal plan that includes TIF and the use of eminent domain that voters should have a say in whether or not their tax dollars that were intended for the schools and other taxing entities should go to the Urban Renewal Authority aka LIFT.  Here is the actual language being proposed as a new section to the Charter:

“Any council action approving or modifying an urban renewal plan pursuant to Part 1 of the Colorado Urban Renewal Law must be ratified by the registered electors of the City of Littleton if the approval or modification of the urban renewal plan proposes the use of or changes to eminent domain, condemnation, tax increment financing, revenue sharing, or cost sharing.”

If you would like to sign the petition, please email littletonviews@comcast.net.  If you would like to carry a petition do the same!  We need 3,152 signatures………….if you agree, please email us so we can get a petition in front of you to sign.  Your signature is valuable!!!

Urban Renewal Plans are In – Columbine Square

Follow the link  Columbine Sq Urban Renewal Plan

Urban Renewal Plans Are In – Santa Fe Corridor

Follow this link to read the urban renewal plan….Santa Fe Urban Renewal Plan

City Wide Complan

The new Citywide Complan will be a document that will be referred to when approving the Urban Renewal Plans.  One element of this document that pleased some on the Planning Board is the fact that it was written so vague that nothing could be turned down.  It was a 4/3 vote to approve the document.

Citywide Complan 2014