City Council Study Session – 21 March 2017

City Council Study Session                   21 March 2017                   Citizen Minutes

Unification Update and Presentation from our Fire Partners

Chief Armstrong began the presentation stating that they recognize the challenges that exist with the IGAs (Intergovernmental Agreements) and they will be discussing options to sustain a strong partnership. They see a need for a third party to evaluate, analyze and communicate to get city council’s support to move forward with unification.  One of the fire partners said action needed to be taken in 2017. Continue reading

Reminder – Community Conversation – Historic Preservation Board and Their Impact on Downtown Littleton

Community Conversation                        March 9th              7:00

The Community Conversation for the month of March will feature Mike Price from the Littleton Historic Preservation Board (HPB).  He will be there to provide an overview of what the HPB does, how they impact the development in downtown Littleton, the incentives used to attract members, and their role in approving development projects. Continue reading

Community Conversation March 9th – 7 pm – Historic Preservation Board

Community Conversation                        March 9th              7:00

The Community Conversation for the month of March will feature Mike Price from the Littleton Historic Preservation Board (HPB).  He will be there to provide an overview of what the HPB does, how they impact the development in downtown Littleton, the incentives used to attract members, and their role in approving development projects.

Please come with your questions – Mike will be ready to respond.

6530 S. Broadway in the Connections Room about 3 doors south of Solid Grounds in the South Fellowship Church.  Door will be open at 6:45 and the meeting will begin at 7:00 and go until 8:30.

Please bring a contribution of a non-perishable food item for the 244th Heavy Engineering Battalion US Army Reserves’ food bank.  The need is great and the Reserves that serve cannot ask for assistance but we can provide it!

Arapahoe County Prevails in Suit Brought by the Aurora URA and the City of Aurora

Last year Arapahoe County won a claim taken to the Court by the Aurora URA (Urban Renewal Authority) and the City of Aurora regarding the Fitzsimmons Urban Renewal Plan.  The Plan had four different subareas each with their own tax increment financing (TIF) provision.  Arapahoe County is responsible for diverting the tax increment from the affected taxing communities and depositing those tax dollars into the special account of the URA.  Arapahoe county began diverting TIF from all four of the sub plan areas and Aurora did not want to collect but from two.  Arapahoe County’s interpretation of the Assessor’s Research Library (ARL) provided direction to the County Assessor to begin the diversion of the TIF money for all four plan areas based on the date that the plan was approved and they held that position against the desire of the Aurora URA who then filed a legal complaint.

The first complaint filed by the Aurora URA found in favor of Arapahoe County so Aurora URA appealed the decision.  On Feb. 23, 2017 the Court ruled in favor of Arapahoe County again.

This is important to Littleton because LIFT (Littleton’s URA) also approved plans that called for a delay in the collection of TIF.  We now know that this delay of TIF collection does not comport with the law meaning that all UR plans containing a provision for the use of TIF started the TIF clock the day the plans were approved.

To read the decision please follow the link.   tab-28-170223-opinion-and-judgment-affirmed

Community Conversation – Thursday Feb 9

Community Conversation – Doors open at 6:45 and conversation begins at 7:00.  Councilman Clark will be there to respond to questions and hear citizen concerns.

We will end at 8:30.

6530 S. Broadway – Fourth Fellowship Church – just a couple of doors south of Solid Grounds.

Ensor Property Meeting with Hines has Changed Venues and Time

The meeting that Hines is hosting to inform the citizens about their proposed plans for the Ensor Property (south end) is NOT at Carson Nature Center.  The meeting has been moved to Hudson Gardens at 6:30 and not 6:00.  For those that don’t get the change, someone from Hines will be at Carson to redirect people to Hudson Gardens.

How Much More Density Can We Take a Mineral and Santa Fe? Looks Like It is Coming

 
If you’re concerned about congestion at Mineral and Santa Fe and protection of South Platte Park, you’ll be interested in this.
Here is tangible evidence of developers wanting to develop Mineral and Santa Fe environs to look like LoDo.
 
The following link is from the City of Littleton’s website.  It has drawings from an upcoming concept plan that would do that.
The fifth frame has architectural renderings of the high-density concept plan design.

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Low Income Housing in the Heart of Downtown Littleton – Right or Wrong?

Below is a report from Deanna Cook who is leading a group of citizens opposed to the granting of $12,000,000 of tax credits to Summit to build a low income housing project in downtown Littleton.  Colorado Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) attended the city council study session to explain their process for awarding tax credits to developers to build low-income housing.  During the course of the meeting Doug Clark, who had looked into the rezoning history of the property made a startling revelation…….was the property rezoned illegally?  Sure looks like it.  Oh, the legacy of Michael Penny………..  Please read.
From Deanna Cook – Thank all of you who attended last night’s City Council Study Session with CHFA.  For those of you who didn’t make it, I strongly encourage you to view the one-hour video on the City’s website.  It is highly informational – and highly concerning.  (http://littleton.ompnetwork.org/shows/city-council-study-session-01242017?iframe_mode=true
 
In a nutshell:

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Community Conversation Jan. 12 – Denver Water

Want to know more about why your water rates went up last year and will be going up again this year?  Representatives from Denver Water will be at the Community Conversation to respond to questions.  Doors open at 6:45 and the meeting begins at 7.  6520 So Broadway just a few doors south of Solid Grounds

 

Littleton Unfiltered

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