In the first draft of the Petition, or “Constitution” which will guide the ELID, we have compiled over 160 written comments from the community along with countless additional feedback from local group presentations, emails and conversations that we’ve had over the past 3+ years since we started the Trails Master Plan process. The categories outlined in the Purposes for the ELID are as follows:
This includes things like Safety improvements on our highways, Curb/Gutter and sidewalks in Activity Centers, On-Street parking improvements in Activity Centers, Improved pedestrian crossings on arterial roadways and Activity Centers, Drainage and erosion control within Activity Centers.
This includes completing trail connections throughout the District so there is a unified and safe bike and pedestrian system throughout the District. Jefferson County’s Evergreen Trails Master Plan outlines a starting point to these types of projects.
This includes all of the things one would expect to have available in any of the Activity Centers to provide convenience and safety to the public. Things such as public restrooms, wayfinding signage, waste and recycling receptacles, thoughtful and efficient lighting that improves safety while also preserving the dark night sky.
Preservation of our Bear Creek watershed within the District as well as wildlife management measures for safer highways throughout District. Also, burying powerlines in Activity Centers and critical view corridors to return Evergreen back to it’s natural setting.
Art, Culture and Landscaping
Incorporating landscaping and public art along arterial roads and in Activity Centers to soften the impact of the existing corridors. Where new improvements are made, include Landscaping and public artwork to complement the natural setting of Evergreen. Example: Instead of a plain concrete wall at a bridge or underpass, considering a mural or landscaping to soften its visual impact.
(This is very important)
Any infrastructure improvements otherwise required by any agencies having jurisdiction as well as any maintenance operations otherwise required by those agencies.
And MOST IMPORTANTLY:
The ability for an ELID Advisory Committee to update the purposes and specific projects in accordance with community priorities through public process and input over time.
***This last point, written into the constitution, underscores that an ELID is not a list of specific outcomes, but rather, a boundary of land with a legal mechanism to accomplish specific outcomes as guided by the constitution and established by the Advisory Committee to address community priorities that can change over time. So if you don’t see something you feel strongly about in this general list, that’s ok because you will have a voice in the public process in ways you never had before. Similarly, if there is something in the general list you strongly oppose, that’s ok too for the very same reasons. The priorities of the community will be solicited publicly, reviewed annually and inform decision-making at the county level. Here’s how that works, based on the first draft language in the Constitution…
The Advisory Committee would be appointed by the BOCC through a process where applicants would be interviewed and selected based on the following criteria: 1) Qualifications of applicant to serve, 2) Distributed representation across the entire District and 3) Distributed representation among residential property owners, commercial property owners and business owners within the district. The Advisory Committee shall have no fewer than five members and no more than seven members at any time and the positions shall not be term limited but should be re-assessed and re-appointed every two years. The Advisory Committee shall have a minimum of one public town hall style meeting each year, along with other methods to gather community input on community priorities, and meet with the BOCC no less than twice per year to share gathered information, advise on priorities for the community and consult with the BOCC or appointed staff on past, present and future projects.
Footnotes for clarity:
BOCC = Board of County Commissioners
ELID = Evergreen Local Improvement District
Activity Center = Defined area of more intense activity within an otherwise suburban or rural context by Jefferson County Planning and Zoning. Areas of commerce, including commercial properties, businesses, restaurants, retail, grocery and other services. Activity Centers are defined in the Evergreen Area Community Plan chapter of the Comprehensive Master Plan.
Evergreen Trails Master Plan = Public Planning process sponsored by Jefferson County Transportation and Engineering to study Central Evergreen trail connectivity, bike and pedestrian connections, safety, ROW and wayfinding signage. Available on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning page of the Jeffco Transportation and Engineering website
Last thing to note: The constitution is a living document that we expect to be drafted and redrafted several times prior to final approval. We are integrating the great input and constructive criticism we’ve recently received from the community to further improve the document, and at the same time, county review is likely to change the language that we propose in each draft. We will continue to update the progress of the development of the final version on our website to keep the community in the conversation.