FAQs

The following is a categorized set of FAQs divided into the following categories:

the VISION

The Evergreen Local Improvement District (ELID) is designed to preserve our mountain culture and community from infrastructure over-use and under-repair. As a grassroots initiative working with the County to develop a list of improvement projects, we will be able to address the infrastructure challenges we find most pressing. And the County would have a dedicated funding pool (from the local Evergreen Legacy Fund) and specific improvement projects to implement.

The formation of ELID is being facilitated by an all-volunteer advisory board comprised of local residents and business owners who, in a variety of ways, are consolidating input from the community on the projects that we most value. Many of the projects, for example, would derive from the Evergreen Trails Master Plan developed in 2015 by the Evergreen Economic District with extensive community input regarding safety and connectivity.

Vision FAQs

Right now, Evergreen has multiple agencies and special districts serving our community in most of the areas a town government would otherwise manage: emergency response, public schools, parks and recreation, water and sewer, public art, and public transportation. But there is no single agency looking out for our infrastructure. The ELID would identify specific infrastructure projects and use the Evergreen Legacy Fund revenue to build them.

For more information about the ins and outs of Evergreen incorporation, we recommend reviewing an excellent article by Linda Kirkpatrick on the subject here.

In short, the ELID is designed to identify specific infrastructure projects and use the ELF revenue and grants to build and maintain them, not to change our culture. ELID represents the opposite of dilapidation: it is aimed to preserve the safety of our residents and visitors. It is an effort spear-headed by volunteer locals who are working tirelessly to create the ELID with enormous amounts of community input. We will be requesting that the County create the ELID to provide these resources to Evergreen that would not otherwise be possible.

No. There is only one Evergreen and our desire is to preserve it, not replace it. Our aim is simply to enhance our infrastructure so it lives up to the exceptional quality of life that brought us all here.

Because right now our unique mountain character is at risk from over-use and under-repair, especially in our highest use areas. If we don’t do something now, we run the risk of not generating adequate funds to address the scale of infrastructure projects that require attention.

ELID’s duration is being developed in the District’s formation process. Its sunsetting would be based on the completion timelines of the proposed improvement projects. Once the initial ELID timeline passes, it is possible to restart the project generation process and begin anew. The community would be able to decide on its future.

Yes. For the last 30 years there has been a successful LID in southeast Jefferson County. Although we are not comparing ourselves as a community, we are using them as a precedent from a legal, operational, and administration standpoint. The way they have functioned is a starting point for guiding the design of our ELID so that it meets our unique needs with total transparency and residents feel free to voice their opinions on the future of the community they cherish.

the MONEY

The funds to pay for the specific projects identified when the ELID is created will come from the Evergreen Legacy Fund (ELF) and additional available grants. Many businesses in Evergreen collect a 1% voluntary contribution for the Evergreen Legacy Fund (ELF). With the money collected by ELF, projects such as the Evergreen Lake connector trail and the development of the Evergreen Trails Master Plan were made possible as well as providing matching funds for the North Lake Trail reconstruction and Leadership Evergreen’s new drinking fountain downtown.

The Evergreen Economic District, which administers ELF, will continue to add member businesses and apply for grants to fund all of the projects outlined in the ELID.

State statutes require alternative ways for for local improvement districts to fund projects if funding sources become insufficient, however this is not a risk for ELID because the project list was specifically chosen to align the costs with the strong and growing revenue stream from the Evergreen Legacy Fund over the multiple years it will take to construct the projects. Coupled with the ability to seek grant funding, today, ELF already has the minimum cash match typically required by most grants to fund all of the projects on the list. Surplus ELF funds would go towards other important projects outside of the ELID like those described above that ELF has been funding in the past.

 

the TIMELINE

In July of 2017, the Evergreen Economic District began the process to form the Evergreen Local Improvement District (ELID). In doing so, they proposed the boundaries of the ELID, which mimic the combined Evergreen Metropolitan District and West Jefferson County Metropolitan District. The Evergreen Economic District prepared a draft petition to present to the County Commissioners. Through a series of briefings over several years, the ELID was finally formed in October of 2020. The timeline for Jeffco to complete the projects will span for approximately 10 years.

Timeline FAQs

The process began in July of 2017 and was completed bu affirmative vote of the County Commissioners on October 27, 2020

the AREA

Area FAQs

The boundaries of the ELID envelop the County-approved Activity Centers highlighted in the Evergreen Area Community Plan. These Centers are the areas with the highest use and, therefore, infrastructure needs. These areas entirely fall within the Evergreen Metropolitan District and West Jefferson County Metropolitan District. Their combined areas were used to draw the ELID’s boundaries.

The Activity Centers included in the ELID (as highlighted in the Evergreen Area Community Plan) focus on the highest use areas.

Additionally, Conifer is not addressed because it has its own chapter in the Jefferson County Comprehensive master plan.

the PROJECTS

The ELID advisory board is funneling community input to the County on what projects our community feels are most important and will provide that prioritized project list in the formation documents of the ELID. The detailed list of the 17 projects can be found HERE as well as from the Projects link at the top of this webpage 

For example, some projects are likely to come from the Evergreen Trails Master Plan or the Evergreen Area Community Plan. Both of these plans were developed with the focus to preserve the natural beauty that surrounds us while celebrating our unique mountain character. And both were created with extensive community input.

Project FAQs

Jefferson County has statutory authority, expertise, and equipment to design, construct and maintain transportation projects, but not public bathrooms.

Improving crosswalks and adding bike lanes is a major part of improving safety and connectively throughout the entire corridor. Studies in the Evergreen Trails Master Plan have laid out possible solutions and will be considered when compiling a list of prioritized projects on improving infrastructure.

A field review of area roads, trails, sidewalks, social paths, and bicycles facilities was conducted during the onset of the Evergreen Trails Master Plan. The study uncovered major safety concerns around Evergreen, including inadequate crosswalks and signage, poorly planned traffic flow, and broken lights and un-striped roads.

Lack of parking in and around the entire corridor is an issue brought up by several community members. It is the hope that with the addition of safer roads and better traffic flow, the space for parking would open up and a plan would be put in place that includes additional parking locations. To submit your improvement ideas please contact us.

A field review of local trails was conducted during the development of the Evergreen Trails Master Plan. During that review, it was found that Evergreen lacks sufficient connectivity. Solutions to create a better network of trails will be part of the prioritized list of projects submitted to Jefferson County.

Not by the ELID. The ELID focuses on infrastructure and amenities only in public right of way or public lands. The buildings throughout Evergreen are privately owned and would not be part of the ELID improvement projects. However, it is the hope that as the surrounding infrastructure and safety concerns are addressed, property owners throughout the District would continue to make commensurate investments into the facilities throughout Evergreen.

We invite your comments via info@EvergreenLID.org

These community projects are NOT part of ELID:

NORTH LAKE TRAIL

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Who will fix the trail around the lake?

The Evergreen Parks and Recreation District is heading up the efforts to fix the North Trail.
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DOG PARK

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Will we get a new dog park?

Jefferson County Open Space closed the dog park due to natural resource protection.
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the ORGANIZERS

The Evergreen Economic District (EED) is an all-voluntary group of property owners, business owners, and residents with a shared vision of improving Evergreen’s infrastructure while preserving our mountain way of life.

For over eight years, it has worked to address these concerns. But in order to have the needed impact this group deemed it necessary to find a way to collect larger funds, to identify and prioritize projects based on community input, and to directly work with the County to initiate those projects.

As a result, the group proposed the formation of the ELID to the Jefferson County Commissioners and County staff. EED will continue to work with the County in defining the infrastructure projects, as well as channeling community input to them.

Dean Dalvit

I love Evergreen, have raised my family here, and want to preserve Evergreen from deterioration so future generations are able to enjoy the special charm and character of our mountain town.
After spending more than 8 years working towards improvements in an unincorporated county, I've learned that individuals and local organizations are extremely limited in accomplishing meaningful infrastructure projects. An ELID is the perfect solution that gets Evergreen the support it desperately needs at a government level without actually creating more government. Walking and biking throughout most of the commercial centers in Evergreen is dangerous. We have to take action to put safety at the forefront of our priorities as a community.

Gail Riley

Evergreen is a magical, unique and remarkable community in countless ways. We need to keep the magic alive and improve and maintain it. ELID: This is the answer.
An ELID supports us in helping our crumbling or non existent infrastructure; the absence of a path or walkway for our kids from Wilmot, to the high school, to Wulf Rec Center to the library, is just one example. Safety is an issue at many locations throughout Evergreen--think walking/biking strolling from the downtown to the Meadow Drive area for one example. Risky business. Evergreen deserves better.

Kathleen Davis

Since Evergreen lacks any government structure, we see an ELID as the only option to enhance safety and connectivity while maintaining our mountain lifestyle.
My husband and I moved to Evergreen in 1966, raised our family here, and have been involved in almost every arts and community activity known to man. We consider ourselves fortunate beyond words to have made a life in this vibrant community, but have been concerned and frustrated for many years that the physical infrastructure doesn’t live up to this beautiful place.

Rachel Nicks

We moved to Evergreen in 2010 and I purchased a downtown business in 2015. As a parent and business owner I want our children and citizens to be able to navigate safely throughout Evergreen. Southwest Plaza’s improvement district has been proven successful and ELID emulates its design. ELID is the perfect solution to maintain Evergreen’s beauty and charm without having to incorporate.

The Faces of Greater DEED

Read about why each of us believe so strongly in ELID and why we commit so much of our time and resources to this Evergreen community we cherish.

Rachel Emmer

The ELID puts a tool into our hands to ensure we keep the Evergreen we love and enhance what needs changing--on our terms.
My family moved to Evergreen in 1971. Life was slower then. Highway 74 was two lanes, drivers weren't in such a hurry and there were fewer cars on the roads. Over the decades, Evergreenites rallied to affect change to preserve our way of life. Elk Meadow, the Evergreen Lake House and Buchanan Park all resulted from community members stepping up to preserve our mountain character while adapting to the burgeoning population and its changing needs.

Bob Cardwell

As we have seen, CDOT and Jeffco have larger priorities than Evergreen. ELID allows us to take charge of OUR future.
I have lived in Evergreen for 28 years and have watched it grow and change. The one thing that hasn't changed is the community's desire to to control its destiny. ELID is a giant step towards achieving this goal.
Richard Toussaint

Richard Toussaint

As a 40 year resident and long time advocate for Evergreen, I have concluded that needed improvements must originate from our community; we cannot depend upon the County or the State to meet this community’s needs.

Eric Gill

I am all about ELID. We need this to move us from the roadblock of failing infrastructure to an Evergreen we can freely move around in.
The red tape and lack of adequate resources that stymie us now can be largely eliminated with this initiative. What we all know is that, despite the best intentions of individuals and organizations here, they cannot provide the level of enhancements we need to be a productive, proud community.

Team FAQs

No. Neither Jefferson County nor CDOT have any responsibility to do these projects due to the fact that Evergreen is not Incorporated and therefore, the Rural Design Guide forms the basis of the design standards. The Rural Design Guideline does not require sidewalks or even shoulders. 

No. Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) is a special district authorized to serve the park and recreation needs of its constituents. EPRD does not address infrastructure.

EED is an all-voluntary group of property owners, business owners, and residents who came together with a goal of easing the pain of getting around Evergreen. For over eight years, they have worked to address these concerns. They created the Evergreen Legacy Fund (ELF), a revenue stream generated from a voluntary 1% contribution at member businesses. The money collected from ELF has helped fund projects such as the Evergreen Connector Trail and the Evergreen Trails Master Plan. As the project list grew, EED realized the next step had to be forming the ELID. By forming an ELID, the ELF fund can be put to direct use on these important projects.