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City of Colorado Springs / City Engineering / Local Improvement Districts / How to Create a Local Improvement District

How to Create a Local Improvement District

Proposing a Project
Improvement Districts can be initiated with a property owner petition or via an administrative recommendation from City staff.

The purpose of the "Petition for Public Improvements" is to initiate the survey, study, design, and estimate of public improvements, which will then be presented to the City Council for their consideration at a Public Hearing.
The petition requires signatures of three-fourths majority of the assessable owners to go forward to City Council to authorize the City Engineering Unit to begin work on the proposed improvement project.

Administrative Recommendation
The City Engineer may administratively recommend a local Improvement District project. Typically, administratively recommended Local Improvement District projects are needed for the health, safety, and welfare of the public or are necessary in conjunction with other funded public improvement projects or maintenance concerns.

The Public Hearing
Once a project has been proposed for inclusion in a Local Improvement District, the following progression of events takes place:
1. Engineering projects are scheduled for preliminary design by either the City Engineering Staff or contracted through a private consulting engineering firm. Preliminary designs include:
  • Land survey
  • Study of drainage, access, etc
  • Engineering design
  • Utility coordination
  • Construction quantities
2. Detailed individual estimated costs and notices are prepared and mailed to the assessable owners. Paving, curb and gutter, sidewalk, driveways, sewer taps, and/or water taps, or other public improvements to include right-of-way acquisition may be part of the assessment. Included in the mailing are the following:
  • Individual estimated assessment
  • Notice of proposal (newspaper publication)
  • Public Hearing Notification (date, time, place)
  • Objection blank (for complaint, opposition or protest)
3. Estimated costs are tabulated and objection blank responses returned are presented for City Council consideration. Each project is brought up for discussion in the Public Hearing. Upon consideration of the information provided, City Council determines which local improvement projects are to be included in the Local Improvement District Program.

Constructing the Project
Projects included by the City Council at the Public Hearing will be constructed at the earliest possible time. Designs are finalized, construction plans and specifications are prepared, and contract documents are packaged for distribution.

The City advertises for private contractor bids for the construction. The lowest acceptable bidder is awarded the contract. Construction is scheduled and completed by the contractor. City inspectors and project managers oversee the construction to ensure quality.