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2019 Town Budget Adoption
The 2019 Town of Parker Annual Budget has been prepared for Town Council consideration and approval. Staff is required by Town Charter to submit a budget for the coming year to Council prior to Oct. 15, 2018. The document was posted on the Town of Parker’s website on Oct. 12, in compliance with that requirement. In addition, a budget retreat was held on Sept. 21, where the financial environment of the Town was reviewed. On October 22, a Study Session was held with Council. At the Study Session, the major components of the budget including capital outlay, contributions to others and the compensation plan were presented along with an overview of revenue and appropriations. The projected budget is balanced across all funds. The General Fund cash balance meets the requirement of maintaining a 25% reserve equal to the total annual General Fund appropriations. Second reading for the adoption of the 2019 Annual Budget is set for Nov. 19.
Complete Streets Policy Adoption
The Town of Parker’s 2014 Transportation Master recommends that the Town prepare and adopt a Complete Streets policy because of the importance of streets and the substantial land area that they occupy in Town. A Complete Streets policy recognizes that streets are central to local mobility and often serve multiple functions. Such a policy supports the idea that everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, or background, should have safe, comfortable and convenient access to community destinations and public places – whether driving, walking, bicycling or taking public transportation. Town Council approved this new policy by way of resolution.
Municipal Court Supervision Office
Town Council approved an ordinance allowing the Town’s Municipal Court to provide supervision to juveniles and adult defendants who may pose a risk to the community or, in the case of juveniles, who may be at higher risk to re-offend or fail to thrive, and thus become a greater burden to the community. Supervision will further the goals of rehabilitation and community safety. Through the Court, a supervision specialist will monitor and supervise juveniles and adult defendants who meet the criteria set forth above. Individuals will enter into supervision either by agreement with the Town Attorney as part of a plea bargain (typically involving a deferred judgment and sentence agreement) or when sentenced to supervision by the Municipal Court Judge upon a conviction.
Building Code Updates
Town Council approved 11 individual ordinances amending sections of the Parker Municipal Code relating to the Parker Building Code to bring them into accordance with International Building Codes. The Town’s Building Division adopts these codes every three years. These codes are performance-oriented and help to stimulate economic development through acceptance of innovative design and construction methods. They also encourage new building materials and construction technologies.
Approved 6-0 (all 11 ordinances)
Stroh Road Widening Project Right-of-Way and Easement Acquisition
The widening of Stroh Road over Cherry Creek is anticipated to occur in several years pending future budget. These four resolutions passed by Town Council result in the acquisition of future right-of-way and easements needed for the project from Parker Water and Sanitation District (PWSD). An additional ordinance was approved conveying a 50-foot non-exclusive easement to PWSD for water and sewer lines to be located in the area.
Approved 6-0 (all 5 items)
Lincoln Professional Park Property Annexation and Zoning
The applicant, Equity Ventures Commercial Development, L.L.C., proposes to annex property located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Dransfeldt Road in unincorporated Douglas County into the Town of Parker. The applicant plans to assemble the subject property with an adjacent property located to the east that is already in Parker. The applicant proposes to zone the assemblage to Modified C - Commercial for future commercial use. The proposed zoning would permit a range of commercial development including retail, services and restaurants.
Commercial, Industrial and Multiple-Family Design Standards
The Community Development Department proposes to amend the Commercial, Industrial and Multiple-Family (CIMF) Design Standards, the first of several major updates that will be advanced for Town Council consideration over the next few months.. The CIMF was originally adopted by Town Council on November 1, 1999, and was last updated on January 17, 2017. The proposed CIMF amendments include a complete update to the Multi-Family Residential Design Standards, the addition of new definitions, and minor revisions to the Commercial and Industrial Design Standards as an interim placeholder. Community Development staff are currently drafting a complete update to the Commercial and Industrial Design Standards that will ready for Town Council action in 2019.
Residential Design Minimum Standards
The Community Development Department proposes to repeal amend sections of the Municipal Code regarding the Residential Design Minimum Standards, also known as the anti-monotony regulations. The purpose of this Code section is to promote high-quality design, architectural variety and a desirable visual character in new residential development. The proposed amendments will make the process for reviewing single-family home models and creating a matrix to demonstrate Code compliance easier to use and understand. The proposed amendments will also add paired home (duplex) model requirements to promote architectural variety and prevent identical paired home (duplex) models from being repeated too often within a development.
Downtown Off-Street Parking and Internal Circulation Standards
The Community Development Department prepared and the Town Council adopted a Downtown Parking Study and Plan in May 2017. One of the major outcomes of the Study and Plan is the recommendation to update parking standards in Downtown, including for new development. Town Council directed staff to implement this recommendation during the public hearing approval process for the project. These updated parking standards for Downtown have been prepared for presentation to Town Council.
2018 Town of Parker Budget Revisions
A revision to the 2018 Town of Parker Annual Budget has been proposed in order to increase the 2018 budget appropriation and revenues in the General Fund and Cultural Fund due to increases in programming. More specifically, more sponsorship revenue has been raised than originally budgeted for the Cultural Department and, in turn, special event programming has been increased. Expenditures in the budget revision will be offset by new revenue.
Centennial Airport Community Noise Roundtable
The Town has been a member of the Centennial Airport Community Noise Roundtable, an association to the Centennial Airport Authority, for several years. Currently, In July of 2018, the Roundtable requested that the Town review a proposed memorandum of understanding concerning the organization and funding of the Roundtable. Following discussions with Town Council, the Town provided suggested changes to the MOU on July 20, 2018. On September 6, 2018, the Town Attorney’s Office received a new draft of the MOU that included suggested changes from all of Participating Jurisdictions. The purpose of the MOU is to formalize the organization of the Roundtable as an advisory association of the Centennial Airport Authority to address airport noise issues impacting the Participating Jurisdictions that surround the airport and to provide that the Roundtable will fund noise mitigation measures.
Three-Mile Area Plan Adoption
The Town of Parker Three-Mile Area Plan (the Plan), was originally adopted by Town Council in 2006. State law requires that the Town update the Plan annually by resolution in order to comply with the Municipal Annexation Act of 1965, which is intended to ensure that municipalities are able to provide services in newly annexed areas.
Parker Auto Mart
Resolutions were passed by Town Council that result in the acceptance of drainage and traffic signal/pedestrian easements from Faris Properties at the site of the future Parker Auto Mart automotive sales center to be located at Lincoln Avenue and Twenty Mile Road, as well as resolutions that released a slope easement and a possession and use agreement held by the Town over the same property. The property owner will reimburse the Town $9,290 in funds that were originally paid by the Town for the Agreement for Possession and Use back in 1998.
Approved 6-0 (all 4 resolutions)
Schoolhouse Annex Property
The Town of Parker and the Parker Authority for Reinvestment (PAR) previously entered into a Amended and Restated Cooperation Agreement that allows PAR to oversee the development and redevelopment of Town-owned properties. Town Council passed a resolution that adds the property that previously held the annex portion of the Schoolhouse site in downtown Parker to the list of properties that are subject to the agreement.