Planning

Annexation

Philosophy

The City is committed to development within the existing City limits and recognizes that additional annexations may be important to provide growth opportunities that could be beneficial to the City and its environs. At the same time, annexation decisions made by city councils might have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts. Such decisions can impact relationships with neighboring jurisdictions and affect the reputation of a city within a metropolitan area. The ability to provide quality and cost effective community facilities and services might also be impacted. A community’s quality of life and very identity are often affected by annexation decisions, even those that might occur within a city’s Planning and Growth Area. For those reasons, Lone Tree will carefully evaluate all annexation requests to ensure that the City will continue to grow carefully for the benefit of present and future generations. Here is a link to the City's Annexation History Map.
 
General Land Use Plan

The Planning and Growth Area contains incorporated and unincorporated lands. It identifies where the City can reasonably expect to extend public infrastructure and services over time, commensurate with development, and, therefore, includes those lands that may be considered appropriate for annexation. The City should consider the Planning and Growth Area as a whole, and maintain its fiscal viability when evaluating annexation requests. Generally, land uses within the Planning and Growth Area are established by underlying City and Douglas County zoning. Such zoning may be modified upon annexation or rezoning.

Three-Mile Plan

Pursuant to Section 31-12-105(1)(e) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, as a precondition to any annexation, the annexing municipality must have in place a plan that includes “the proposed location, character, and extent of streets, subways, bridges, waterways, waterfronts, parkways, playgrounds, squares, parks, aviation fields, other public ways, grounds, open spaces, public utilities, and terminals for water, light sanitation, transportation and power to be provided by the municipality, as well as the proposed land uses for the area.”

The 2016 Three-Mile Plan is the same as adopted in previous years and includes a narrative and accompanying maps. The plan adopts by reference the master plans of various surrounding jurisdictions to the extent they do not conflict with the City of Lone Tree’s Comprehensive Plan.



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