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

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

Filed under: ELID — rtemmer @ 3:39 pm

Join the Downtown 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: Uncategorized — Greater DEED @ 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 — Greater DEED @ 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 — Greater DEED @ 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


Lake Trail Ribbon Cutting June 3rd! May 22, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greater DEED @ 3:27 am

Join us for the Connector Trail Celebration!

Almost done. Come celebrate June 3!

The long-awaited Evergreen Lake Connector Trail is almost finished, and Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) And the Downtown Evergreen Economic District (DEED) would like you to join us in celebrating with a Community Walk from downtown to Evergreen Lake House on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. We’ll finish up by cutting the ribbon during the season’s first Evergreen Lake Summer Concert.

Parents, bring your kids and strollers! Wheelchair and walker users, join the fun! This is our chance to celebrate that Evergreen finally has an accessible lake trail!

Start Walking at Beau Jo’s
The walk starts at 5:30 PM in the parking lot in front of Beau Jo’s Pizza in downtown Evergreen. Following a short ceremony recognizing the people and organizations that made the project a reality, we will take to the trail, crossing the new 200-foot sloped bridge on our newly accessible way to Evergreen Lake House. The walk is about three-quarters of a mile long.

Cut the Ribbon at Evergreen Lake House
Officials will cut the ribbon for the new Connector Trail at the Summer Concert at Evergreen Lake House at 6:15 PM. Please stay and enjoy the concert, featuring the rock band Egg Planet, which ends at 9 PM. Shuttle buses will be available to return walkers to their cars downtown, or they can walk back on the accessible trail.

Lake Trail Invite

The Connector Trail project was funded by a $250,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and a $30,000 contribution from the Evergreen Legacy Fund (ELF), plus in-kind donations of services and material. The Legacy Fund is derived from a voluntary 1 percent donation on sales of products and services at businesses to support infrastructure.

Email or call 720-880-1020.


Lake Trail Progress 5/21/15 May 21, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greater DEED @ 4:18 pm

The Lake Trail has been making great strides! The railings are being completed this week (possibly into next week depending on all this wet weather!). Here are some Photographs of the work completed in the last week:

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More photos to come as the project winds up!