City Council Study Session 5.10.2016

City Council Study Session         5/10/2016                   Citizen Minutes         Jerry Valdes absent.

 Sign Code Update

I have requested the power point that was used for this council update. When I receive I will post.  The city attorney presented to the council saying that the sign code needed updating and modernizing after a Supreme Court Ruling. (Although this subject was not discussed I have been told that another reason for the update is that the signs in downtown Littleton, that have been erected but the slots have not been filled, are in violation of the city’s own sign code. What I can find that may apply is the third party signs – they are not allowed.) There was a brief discussion about city placed signs under the heading of way finding. City manager, Michael Penny, said that once the way finding signs are installed the sidewalk signs placed outside of businesses will go away – they are currently illegal. Bill Hopping reminded that the issue of the signs out in front of stores is about safety. The first reading for the new sign code will be presented to council in three weeks. Continue reading

City Council Regular Meeting May 3, 2016

City Council Regular Meeting        May 3, 2016         Citizen Minutes

Citizen Comments – Recreational Marijuana was on the Consent Agenda for a first reading. Continue reading

Judge Pratt Asks City and County for Additional Briefs on Urban Renewal Dispute


THIS MATTER having come before the Court for trial, and the Court having reviewed the evidence, testimony and argument of counsel, requests further briefing from the parties on the following issue.

To satisfy the area calculation, “not less than one-half of the urban renewal area as a whole consists of parcels of land containing urban-level development.” C.R.S. § 31- 25-107(1)(c)(II)(B). This calculation requires the Court to understand, and if necessary resolve any dispute over, what constitutes the “urban renewal area as a whole.” For instance: does the urban renewal area as a whole include land consisting of dedicated public rights-of-way? What is the land area of the dedicated ROW within the Plan Area?

Plaintiff may file a brief on this issue within 14 days, with Response Brief filed by the Defendant within seven days thereafter, and a Reply Brief within seven days after the Response Brief is filed. (Times New Roman font, 12 pt. min. with no more than 10 pages.)

SO ORDERED THIS April 7, 2016


Click on the links below to read the response from the City and the County

Littleton Brief Re URA As A Whole _Exhibit A_Affidavit of Eric Ervin

Brief on URA as a Whole_FINAL

City Council Study Session with LIFT Board On Urban Renewal – 26 April 2016

City Council Study Session – Joint Meeting with So Suburban Board and second Joint Meeting with LIFT (Littleton’s Urban Renewal Board)

26 April 2016


Joint Meeting with South Suburban Board

I am not going to cover this portion of the meeting. My guess is Don Bruns, who knows this field as well as anyone, will provide a report. I will post it on the Blog when and if it becomes available.

Joint Meeting with LIFT

Corey Hoffman, LIFT and the City’s counsel on urban renewal, Continue reading