Urban Renewal Update — HB 1375 vetoed

Dear CLRC members and friends,

There was unexpectedly good news today for those hoping to see the Arvada Triangle shopping centers rebuilt and additional urban renewal close to the center of Olde Town. House Bill 14-1375, which would have redirected Arvada’s new urban renewal tax receipts to Jefferson County and Arvada’s special districts for other uses, was vetoed today by Governor John Hickenlooper.

In vetoing the bill, the Governor said, “We support HB 14-1375’s provisions that increase this transparency by giving counties a seat on urban renewal boards . . . Unfortunately, HB 14-1375 goes a step too far.”

The bill had bipartisan support but was opposed by Arvada’s local representatives in the Colorado legislature. Here is a recent quote from Senator Zenzinger who represents Senate District 19:

HB 1375  click to enlarge or see the link below for the full text

HB 1375 click to enlarge or see the link below for the full text

“I would like to commend (and thank) Gov. John W. Hickenlooper for his willingness to listen, analyze, and make the tough decisions. His leadership was evident today in his veto of a bill that could have inhibited urban renewal. Just my opinion, but I think we have a Governor who really understands business and sees the big picture on issues affecting Colorado’s economy.” –Senator Rachel Zenzinger

The last-minute legislation approved by the Colorado General Assembly could have effectively put a moratorium on new AURA development projects in central Arvada. The losers with this veto are the counties and special districts who were hoping that they would not have to negotiate with cities to receive more of the additional tax revenues generated by urban-renewal projects.

This issue will probably be revisited by the legislature again next January when a new session starts. And, hopefully, compromise legislation can pass that is fair to both cities and counties that will not adversely effect urban renewal in Arvada’s most blighted areas.

You can read the full veto note to the legislature by going to this Colorado Municipal League link:


or to


And this is the link to the Governor’s press release on the veto:


An earlier CLRC article describing the possible effects of the bill in Arvada can be found by visiting our website at


–John Kiljan

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004


6 June 2014



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