Evergreen Economic District

Administering the Evergreen Legacy Fund – Dedicated to preserving the Legacy of Greater Evergreen

ELID Projects Cleared to go to Public Hearing July 31, 2020

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We are thrilled to announce that the Evergreen Local Improvement District (ELID) is finally headed to Public Hearing for Jefferson County Commissioners to create. This process has been several years in the making and has evolved considerably across it’s many iterations since inception. Here are some important facts to know:

  1. The ELID Boundary essentially overlays the current Metro District boundaries that serve Evergreen’s 4 Activity Centers
  2. The ELID projects have been selected to be funded entirely from the Evergreen Legacy Fund. There are 17 specific projects and they can be found here: ELID Projects 2020-07-31
  3. The ELID Projects are all entirely within the Activity Centers outlined in the Evergreen Area Community Plan within the Jefferson County Comprehensive Master Plan
  4. The ELID involves no proposed tax of any kind to fund the projects
  5. The projects were all determined based on over two years of community input, feasibility of construction and cost, and importance to public health, safety and welfare

We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have – please comment below and we will get back with you.

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We do not yet have the exact hearing date scheduled, but will share that as soon as it is known. We look forward to finally getting these important projects completed and are so grateful for the incredible community support that has gotten us here!



Downtown Evergreen ULI TAP Report March 26, 2020

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At long last, the ULI TAP Report is complete. There’s a lot of recommendations in here and we intend to follow up with our partner, Jefferson County Planning and Zoning as implementation of any of the zoning or highway design guideline recommendations in this report could prove to be among the most significant game changers for Downtown Evergreen in history.




Downtown Evergreen ULI TAP Presentation November 21, 2019

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We recently had the opportunity to partner with Jefferson County planning and zoning and host an Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel to discuss the unique challenges for downtown Evergreen. It was an excellent program and we had an incredible amount of input from a wide variety of community stakeholders. Below is the link to the final presentation and all of their findings:


Downtown Evergreen Mural a Huge Success! October 21, 2019

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We are so thrilled to complete the mural at the underpass of Hwy 73 and 74 in Downtown Evergreen. This incredible ELF project was the result of the efforts of hundreds of Evergreen area elementary students under the direction of Elisabeth Marcus and the support of the EPRD board and staff.

A great video about the project can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPWZAq347kk

A writeup in the Canyon Courier can be found here: https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/area-students-put-their-creative-artistry-work-downtown-evergreen-mural


Highway 74 Crossing Finally Installed! December 21, 2018

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We are so thrilled to see one of the projects outlined in the Evergreen Trails Master Plan come to fruition with the new pedestrian crossing at the RTD Park and Ride located at Christ the King Church. Identified as one of the most dangerous crossings in Evergreen due to it’s location where Highway 74 transitions from two to four lanes and increases in speed for northbound vehicles, this crossing will make pedestrian activity far safer and more visible to motorists. This crossing also connects an important link not just from the Park and Ride, but from the entire Pioneer trail to Meadow Drive, which also has a master plan for a future continuous trail connection down the Jefferson County road to the other end of downtown.

We’d like to thank the great folks at the local CDOT operations here in Evergreen who helped to push this through and got it done. These guys have been great to work with and are really working hard to keep the CDOT right of way in Evergreen safe.


Curb to Curb Paving Finally in Downtown Evergreen! September 24, 2018

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Huge shout out to the good people at CDOT for a beautiful pave job on Evergreen Main Street. Not only were the travel lanes milled and overlayed, so, too, the paving extends from curb to curb.

As unincorporated Jeffco, our hamlet’s county road and state highway maintenance are dictated by rural design standards. Those rural guidelines only provide for paving maintenance of the the travel lanes themselves, not parking lanes to the curb.

On behalf of the board of the Evergreen Economic District (EED), we say thank you to the great folks at CDOT, especially Steve Harelson who, for years worked with Dean Dalvit, EED, to get curb-to-curb paving on this round of milling and overlay, despite the rural design standards. Special thanks, too, to Bill at CDOT’s Kittredge shop for the boots on the ground making it happen.

CDOT’s scheduling motivation for the milling and overlay downtown was the result of maintenance funds finally allocated after schedule delays in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Was the national bike race a catalyst to the schedule? Yes, by 4 days. CDOT moved their schedule up four days so that we’d look great and provide a safer surface for the riders and spectators.

We are grateful for their ‘above the call of duty’ curb-to-curb treatment of Main Street. We are grateful for the countless hours spent in meetings with us and appreciate the great relationship EED has with the committed, hard working men and women at CDOT that support our ability to drive, park, shop, walk and bike pleasurably and safely around our beautiful town.




Outcome of 5/22 Briefing and Next Steps for ELID May 27, 2018

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On Tuesday, 5/22, Evergreen Economic District Board Members presented the current ELID proposal to the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners. While it was not a formal Public Hearing and there was not any official BOCC vote for the ELID itself, 2 of the three commissioners (Libby Szabo and Tina Francone) expressed the need for additional time and information to support the effort to the next step of a Public Hearing to create the ELID and subsequent step of allowing the corresponding sales tax to be on the ballot. Commissioner Casey Tighe agreed to our request to direct staff to finalize staff estimates, prepare ballot language, mail a notification of the public hearing to all addresses within the boundary, and publish the information in the newspaper. But without the agreement of at least one of the other commissioners, the process to forming the ELID will delayed until they are satisfied with how ELID would fit with their objectives for other tax issues such as Debrucing property taxes to raise more tax revenue for other county needs. This may ultimately affect which election cycle the ELID ballot will be presented to the electors and delay the creation of the ELID.
The dialogue with the commissioners daylighted some things that EED will be able focus on while the commissioners deliberate over their larger TABOR questions.
1) With the current draft of projects now in hand (as of only a few weeks ago), EED is able to share the project specifics with the community, which we plan to do. Up until now, the support for ELID (ourselves included) has largely been in good faith and trust in the process with only a general understanding of the types of projects we can do until they were vetted by County staff. As a result, those who have expressed opposition have had every right to scrutinize the ELID proposal on the basis of not knowing exactly what this sales tax would fund. We will now push that information in all of our outreach channels.
2) We had originally understood that the public hearing in which ELID was to be on the agenda would be the official forum for discussion and community input for the ELID. However, it turns out that anyone can speak on any issue at any public hearing, even when a particular issue is not on the agenda. While this seems unusual for a public process, because speaking out in opposition prior to hearing a proposal presentation would typically be considered irrelevant testimony in virtually any other hearing setting, there was a small group of those opposed who spoke at the public hearing on Tuesday prior to the separate ELID briefing. Unfortunately, the voices of only 6 people may have influenced the Commissioners negatively, so we intend to take the same approach and organize a group of supporters to similarly speak at these hearings so there is a fair and balanced representation of both sides to the commissioners.
3) We have had in depth discussions previously with Commissioners Casey Tighe and Libby Szabo on the ELID proposal. The recent resignation of Commissioner Donald Rosier, who was instrumental in originally initiating the ELID effort, left us with little time to connect with Commissioner Tina Francone. We made requests, but none were agreed to, understandably due to her immediate demands for stepping into this new position. Apparently, there was little to no handoff on the ELID history and objectives from Rosier on this issue when Commissioner Francone took over. So we will take this time to meet with her, as well as the other commissioners again, to further educate them on the needs of the community, the strong support for the ELID, the data behind the projects and costs, and specifically how a LID is the only appropriate solution for these kinds of public safety improvements in our Activity Centers that are otherwise beholden to a rural design standard.
At the end of the day, we’re not asking the Commissioners to create this sales tax for the ELID, but rather that they support the democratic process of allowing a community to decide to tax themselves in order to improve the public safety and quality of life where they live when there is no obligation to make those improvements otherwise by the county or the state. In other words, we’re really asking them to simply let the voters decide, which is every community’s statutory right under Colorado Revised Statutes.
So, our efforts will continue largely as we had originally planned with respect to sharing the specific project information with all stakeholders and continuing to build support both within the ELID boundaries as well as the greater Evergreen community. The ultimate timing of when the commissioners will allow us to hold the public hearing for the ELID and subsequent tax ballot initiative is up to them, but we will continue to do everything that we can on our end to push for this very important cause.
There’s no doubt that since our first community meeting over a year ago, our schedule working with the county since December on the project specifics was very aggressive and we don’t fault those who have expressed that they don’t know enough about the specifics to confidently show support. It’s hard enough to keep up with the flow of information ourselves much less effectively be able to telegraph that to the community in real time. This delay will serve to allow us additional time to share the project specifics and overall vision with all stakeholders to garner even stronger support and a successful vote when the time comes.

Slide Deck for Jeffco Briefing on ELID 5/22/18

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Here is the link to a .PDF file with the Slide Deck for the Board of County Commissioner’s Briefing about the ELID on 5/22/18: ELID BOCC Presentation 052218

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Latest information on the ELID Workshop January 19, 2018

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See the flyer for locations!

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ELID Workshops January 8, 2018

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