The City of Lone Tree incorporated in November 1995 and became a Colorado Home Rule City on May 5, 1998. A major impetus for incorporation was resident’s concerns relating to land use, the quality of development along the C-470 corridor, and their desire for greater input over development decisions affecting their future. Through the tireless efforts of dedicated residents, the decision to incorporate was carefully evaluated, and through a vote of the electorate, was determined to be in the best interest of the community.
Following incorporation, the newly formed City Council worked with staff to develop and adopt a Comprehensive Plan, regulatory documents, and design guidelines to guide the City’s growth – plans which have been strongly adhered to over the years.
Initially, the City boundary followed that of the Park Meadows Metropolitan District and consisted of the subdivision of Lone Tree and surrounding developments, and some commercial development along C-470. In only a short amount of time, the City has grown and changed in a number of important ways, consistent with its vision for growth.
, a 3500-acre master planned community south of Lincoln (located on both sides of I-25), was annexed by a vote of Lone Tree residents in 2000. Because the property was already zoned for development under County jurisdiction and would develop regardless, the City felt it was important to work with the landowner and take a direct role in shaping the master plan for the property. As a result of that effort, Lone Tree receives land dedication for public facilities including a new recreation center, police and fire stations, a City Hall, library, trails, parks, and open space, and land for a future City Center (to be located on the east side of I-25 and south of Lincoln Avenue). The City, along with Coventry Development Corporation, the owner of RidgeGate, have committed to preserve the historic Schweiger Ranch
, providing the City an opportunity to appreciate its ranching legacy.
Annexations to the City in 2001 included Heritage Hills and commercial development to the north, bringing considerable economic benefit to the community and include a neighborhood that was already part of the local community of interest. Likewise, in 2001, the residential communities of Centennial Ridge and Carriage Club were also annexed.
Sky Ridge Medical Center
was constructed in 2003, providing needed emergency medical care for residents in the region. That same year City offices were centralized in leased office space on South Yosemite Street.
In 2004, the City’s police force was established, resulting in the hiring of the City’s first employees. The City also reconstructed a new Civic Center on Lone Tree Parkway in 2004 (replacing what was the sales office for the original Lone Tree development). Other important additions to Lone Tree included the annexation of Southridge Preserve in 2004, a residential development planned south of Centennial Ridge. This land was annexed principally to establish specific limitations on location and design of homes to protect ridgeline views for future generations to enjoy.
Park Meadows Mall
was annexed in 2006, enhancing revenues to the City, while also ensuring that revenues will be reinvested in the area to sustain its economic viability over time. Businesses continue to grow and thrive in the community, and toward that end, the Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce was established in 2006.
Light rail was extended to the Lone Tree community, with the first stop at Lincoln Station opening in 2006, followed by a stop at Park Meadows Mall in 2008. Future stops are planned at Sky Ridge Medical Center, the future City Center and a future end-of-the line station east of I-25 at Ridgegate Parkway.