HRCA Delegate Meeting Update 10/20/15
Metro Districts Update - The assessed values of property in Highlands Ranch increased 17.8%. The Metro District mill levy will decrease 7.3%. A public hearing on the Metro Districts budget will be held November 24, 6:30pm, at their office at 62 W Plaza Dr. Metro District's forestry staff have removed more than 500 trees that were damaged from the storms and freezes of 2014 and 2015. A Veterans Day celebration will be held at 6:30pm on November 11 at the Highlands Ranch library. Channel 7 news anchor Mitch Jelniker will MC and US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Dan Hampton, guest speaker and author, will discuss his best-selling books about his experiences flying more than 150 combat missions.
Trash Guidelines - The HRCA Board had recommended changes to the trash guidelines in order to reduce the amount of trash ending up in the neighborhoods and open spaces. After receiving many comments and suggestions from residents, the Board will postpone the recommended trash guidelines and will consider all input from residents. They hope to submit revised guidelines after the first of the year.
Highlands Ranch Backcountry Conservation and Experience - A new 501(C)3 entity is being created for the Backcountry. The tax status of the new entity makes it eligible for grants that we couldn't get as a 501(C)4, and will allow tax write offs for donors. It will also allow conservation memberships.
Group Homes - An extended discussion addressed group homes for Alzheimer's and dementia residents in Highlands Ranch. A number of residents in a neighborhood with a proposed group home voiced their concerns about safety, property values, noise, traffic, etc. Laura Sanchez, an attorney representing HRCA, discussed federal, state, and county laws regarding group homes. Group homes are licensed through the Department of Health and Human Services. Federal laws are the most compelling and prohibit discrimination against protected classes, including disabled. Courts have ruled it is improper to try to limit or prohibit group homes. The Colorado Supreme Court addressed this issue recently and ruled individuals are living in a familiar environment so a group home is a residential community not a commercial endeavor. Associations can address modifications, and can enforce rules and restrictions unless the owner requests "reasonable accommodation". The association must allow "reasonable accommodations" even if those accommodations may be in violation of association rules. The HRCA Architectural Committee is working with the owner to address modifications and will be watching closely.
Budget - The proposed 2016 budget was presented and discussed in detail. The final vote on the budget will take place at the November delegate meeting on November 17 2015. The recommended change for the 2016 assessment will be an increase from $139 to $142 per quarter. This is a 2.1% increase which is well below the allowed CPI increase. The budget provides for an increase in capital project reserves.
HRCA Activity Calendar - see www.hrcaonline.org for further details
10/31/15 Trick or Treat Street - Eastridge, 10am-1pm, $2
11/07/15 Jewelry & Holiday Craft Fair - Eastridge, 9am-5pm, free
11/11/15 Senior Luncheon - Southridge, 11:45am-2pm, RSVP to Mary Miller 303-683-3268
11/13/15 Shelvis and the Roustabouts - HR Mansion, 6:30pm-8:30pm, $33 advance, light appetizers, cash bar, 21+, 50's and 60's tribute band
11/14/15 Senior Health and Information Fair - Eastridge, 9am-12pm, free
11/14/15 Sip & Savor with the Experts - Southridge, 4pm-7pm, wine event with Davidson Liquors and appetizers from Whole Foods, $55 VIP, $40 regular advance, 21+
11/19/15 Classical Music Series: Beauty of the Clarinet - HR Mansion, 6:30pm-8pm, $20 advance
11/20/15 Nutcracker Highlights - Southridge, $7 advance, 7pm
11/21/15 Nutcracker Highlights - Southridge, $7 advance, 3pm and 7pm
12/04/15 Hometown Holiday - Town Center South, 4:30pm-7:30pm, caroling, tree lighting, Santa
12/05/15 Holiday Teddy Bear Tea - Eastridge, 10:30am-12pm, $11 members
12/12/15 Breakfast with Santa - Eastridge, 9am-10:30am, $11 advance
12/12/15 Winter Market - Town Center North, 10am-2pm, market stalls
12/13/15 Hanukkah Happening - Northridge, 12pm-3pm
12/17/15 Chamber Music for Christmas - $20 advance
12/18/15 Holiday Concert - Southridge, 7pm-8pm, $7 advance
01/07/16 Winter Cultural Series - Cherry Hills Community Church Chapel, 7pm-8:30pm,
01/09/16 Coffee and Tea Tasting - Eastridge, 9:30am-11am, class by Starbucks, $10
01/16/16 Home Brew Class - Southridge, 2pm-5pm, Castle Rock Home Brew Supply beginners class, $30 advance
01/23/16 Adult Glow-in-the-Dark Yoga - Southridge, 5:30pm-7:30pm, $25 advance includes one glass wine or beer and appetizers, vinyasa yoga instructor
01/29/16 Family Magic Show with Gene R Gordon - Southridge, 7pm-8pm, $7 advance