The Park Meadows Metropolitan District (PMMD),
City of Lone Tree (COLT) and Douglas County (DC) were recently honored
by the Colorado Special District Association for their commitment to
collaborating on capital projects.
The PMMD and COLT partnership began in the mid 1990’s, when the City
asked the District to consider taking on the responsibility for
maintenance of landscaped right-of-way adjacent to Homeowner
Associations (HOA) within the new City. At the same time, the City and
PMMD discussed the beautification of the street system within the City.
PMMD agreed to hold a bond election to approve funds to construct
landscaped medians within the District, which were constructed during
1998 and 1999.
In the 2000’s, landscaped medians were also constructed in Yosemite
Street (C-470 to County Line Road) adjacent to the Park Meadows Mall, at
Acres Green and Parkway Drive, and on Park Meadows Drive. The District
and City collectively selected the distinctive flagstone design for all
of the medians on arterial and collector streets within the City. The
District also assisted the City with the reconstruction of the existing
Lone Tree Parkway median.
Park Meadows Mall opened in 1996 and with a healthy economy, the
commercial corridor along County Line Road west of I-25 began to build
out and create significant traffic issues. Lone Tree, Douglas County and
PMMD agreed to partner and pay 1/3 each for a traffic study related to
improving the traffic flow throughout Lone Tree and unincorporated
Douglas County in this area. The completion of this study in 1999/2000
recommended a 20 year plan to improve traffic flow at a cost of
Each entity agreed to informally share in approximately 1/3 of these
future costs in order to move ahead with reducing traffic congestion and
maintaining the quality of life for the residential neighborhoods in and
around the Park Meadows Mall and the rapidly increasing commercial
development within Lone Tree and the County.
PMMD held a second bond election in 2002 which raised approximately
$6,000,000 and was passed by a 2 to 1 vote for their approximate 1/3
share of the improvements. PMMD, Douglas County and Lone Tree began
meeting monthly to coordinate priorities, funding and ways in which to
maximize the available dollars that each entity had to move
transportation projects forward.
In a project completed in 2009, added the Highlands Ranch Metropolitan
District to the COLT, PMMD and DC partnership when the City, County and
District committed funds towards improvements to Quebec Street from Park
Meadows Drive to County Line Road with the addition of new landscaped
medians and landscaped right-of-way improvements. The HRMD contributed a
water tap at no cost. The water use costs will be shared by the PMMD and
HRMD. Douglas County provided the necessary permits and approvals within
the street right-of-way. Lone Tree provided construction management.
Everyone’s cooperation enabled this project to be completed in 2009
after many years of discussion.
The transportation focused collaborative successes proved to be a strong
model for other and
Denver Water to promote a water conservation rebate program aimed at
helping HOAs save water and money on landscape irrigation. This program
has been an overwhelming success. Since 2010 HOAs in Lone Tree saved
approximately 12.5 million gallons of water and about $50,000 in water
PMMD is proud that every HOA in the District participated in this
program, which resulted in 23 smart controllers purchased, installed and
programmed at a total cost of $36,560. Lone Tree is the first city in
the metro area in full compliance with Denver Water’s new
program. For additional details about this program, click [here].
This partnership continues and to date approximate contributions as of
December 31, 2012 are:
Douglas County $10,406,240
Other entities, including Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District have
also committed funds to transportation improvements in this area.
A map indicating the projects completed by the three entities since 1995
may be found by clicking [here] to view the “PMMD Project
Map” located on the “Projects Page” and a
summary of the financial contributions made by each entity can be found
by clicking [here]
to download the “PMMD
Project Funding” document in PDF.
Truly successful collaboration is demonstrated year-after year, and
without it, each entity would have been separately seeking approvals for
completion of project.