Evergreen Economic District

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

ELID Project Categories and Advisory Committee June 25, 2017

Filed under: ELID — Evergreen Economic District @ 11:57 pm

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:

Transportation Infrastructure
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.

Trail Connectivity
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.

Public Amenities
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.

Natural Resources
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.

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…

Advisory Committee:
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.


ELID Lakehouse Presentation Slides

Filed under: ELID — Evergreen Economic District @ 10:50 pm

For those who are looking for the slide deck for the Presentation at the Lake House on June 7, 2017 outlining the Evergreen Local Improvement District, they are attached. We are still gathering feedback and questions, so stay tuned for the FAQ that we will post once we have it compiled and organized by category to make it easier to navigate.

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ELID Lake House Presentation Link

Filed under: ELID — Evergreen Economic District @ 10:26 pm

Courtesy of My Mountain Town, The entire content of the ELID presentation on June 7th was recorded on video and posted to Youtube and the My Mountain Town Website. We had approximately 150 attendees, received over 160 written comments and answered countless questions in the work session that followed the presentation. We’ve received many questions from folks who were unable to attend the meeting, and while we compile those to create a FAQ, many of the questions we’re receiving are addressed in the presentation.

The direct link you can cut and paste into your browser if the above links aren’t working is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yij3T6eZUIs


Some Website Adjustments June 17, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Evergreen Economic District @ 8:03 am

As we continue in our efforts to share information about the Evergreen LID with the community, we will be making some adjustments to our website while we build an entirely new site that will host Frequently Asked Questions, Videos and other great content. In the meantime, Evergreenlegacyfund.org, Evergreenlegacyfund.com and Evergreenlegacyfund.net will all redirect to this site: greaterdeed.wordpress.com.

We apologize for anyone being directed to the old WordPress site if you have an old link from a previous post or you had saved it in your “favorites” or “history” folders for quick access – it will say that the authors took the site down. We didn’t…we just changed the URL. Thanks for your patience while we get all the technical stuff worked out!


The Motivation

Filed under: ELID — Evergreen Economic District @ 7:16 am

Recently, I was asked: “What is Greater DEED’s Motivation to take on the projects we’ve done and pursue the Evergreen LID for lasting ability to continue doing them?”. A friend of mine recommended a poem to me a while back that couldn’t explain it any better:

The Bridge Builder
An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”



Evergreen Economic District to host ‘Town Hall’ meeting for Evegreen Local Improvement District May 15, 2017

Filed under: ELID — rtemmer @ 3:39 pm

Join the Evergreen Economic District board for an information and input session on the possibility of creating a Local Improvement District for the greater Evergreen area. We’re calling it the Evergreen LID, or ELID for short!

When: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
              5:30 – 7pm
Where: Evergreen Lake House

RSVPs are not required, however it would be super helpful if you did!



DEED champions Local Improvement District for greater Evergreen area May 13, 2017

Filed under: ELID,Press — rtemmer @ 2:03 pm

final logo 5.1.17 smA Local Improvement District (LID) would provide some of the amenities of being incorporated without the cost of creating a city government. Examples….

• Improved status of roadways maintained by CDOT. Becoming a LID would move Evergreen from “rural” status such as roads south of Fairplay to urban status for upkeep of roadways, curbs, gutters, and crosswalks.
• Trail connectivity between activity centers.
• Creation of a more cohesive feel to the Evergreen community.

A LID is not a new layer of government.
• It would be managed by the Jefferson County Commissioners, who would delegate existing staff to administer projects and exercise contracts.
• Single-use LIDs have been utilized previously in Evergreen to fund the paving of roads in subdivisions such as Evergreen Highlands, Evergreen Meadows and El Pinal.
• Elsewhere in the county, the County Commissioners currently oversee a local improvement district formed in 1988 for an area surrounding Southwest Plaza.

How is a Local Improvement District created?
A LID requires specific boundaries. The boundaries being considered would overlap two existing special districts: Evergreen Metropolitan District and West Jefferson County Metropolitan District. Generally, the district being proposed would extend from north of Marshdale on the South to El Rancho on the North.

Although creation of a LID can occur without a vote of property owners within the district, imposing a sales tax to fund a LID does require such a vote.

A LID requires some sort of revenue stream, generally a sales tax (not a property tax). A 1% sales tax is being considered. Jefferson County Commissioners would need to be convinced the community is supportive of the idea before it would approve the concept.

How would LID money be used?
• 100% of the money collected from the local improvement district would be used to fund local improvements within the district. A list of potential projects and improvements is being created through community input.
• Monies cannot be used by the county to offset current expenditures.
• Monies could be used to augment other tax dollars being allocated for improvements, i.e., if CDOT were to put medians in to separate lanes of traffic, LID money could be used to beautify the medians with trees.
• The improvements would be governed by a “constitution” drawn up by the community itself to govern the kinds of improvements desired. The governing document will be designed to provide guidelines general enough to still be effective for decades to come.
• An Advisory Group would make recommendations to the County Commissioners, but the County Commissioners are not required to follow the recommendations.

What is the proposed timing?
• Through mid-June: Meet with local groups to propose the idea and gather input, revising the evolving list of amenities and improvements to be incorporated into the Service Plan, also referred to as the “constitution.”
• Mid-June 2017: Meet with County Commissioners to demonstrate community support and to ask approval of the concept.
• November 2017: Placement of proposed sales tax question on the ballot.



Thank You to all Legacy Fund Members! March 1, 2017

Filed under: Evergreen Legacy Fund — Evergreen Economic District @ 11:02 pm

Attached is a Thank You letter that will be going out to all of our dedicated Evergreen Legacy Fund Members who help move the cause of improving our Evergreen infrastructure forward. In it, you will find updates on what we’ve been up to and where we’re headed in 2017. Thanks!!!



Greater Downtown Evergreen Trails Master Plan January 19, 2016

Filed under: Trails Updates — Evergreen Economic District @ 3:46 pm
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The Final Trails Master Plan for the Greater Downtown Evergreen Area is complete. In partnership between the Greater Downtown Evergreen Economic District (DEED) and Jefferson County and funded by DEED’s Evergreen Legacy Fund (ELF), this plan is offered to the community and for the community to use in development of future trails projects, grant applications and visioning for how the Greater Downtown Evergreen can develop and maintain safe and effective pedestrian connectivity. Please contact any of us at DEED on how you can help progress this Master Plan into actionable projects for your group or organization.

The link to the entire 143 page document in .PDF format is below:

Evergreen Final Dec 2015

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Rotary Presentation 10/2/15 – Everything you ever wanted to know about DEED and ELF up to this point October 2, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Evergreen Economic District @ 7:34 pm

It was our pleasure to present to the Rotary Club of Evergreen this morning. We were asked to cover the background of DEED as well as the Evergreen Legacy Fund, what projects we’ve been working on and where we are headed in the future. They captured the presentation on video and the entire 1/2 hour presentation can be seen here at this link: Rotary Presentation 10/2/15

The slides for this presentation can also be found here: DEED Rotary Presentation 100215