BY DORIS TRULARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
An anti-littering law was unanimously adopted for Centennial on second reading by its City Council earlier this week. The city joined the overwhelming majority of municipalities in the metropolitan area by adopting the ordinance.
The law defines “litter” as “any and all solid or liquid rubbish, waste material, refuse, garbage, trash, debris, feces, urine, wastewater, or other substance of every form, size, kind and description.”
“Littering” is defined as “dumping, dropping, throwing or depositing any litter or otherwise causing . . . the discharge of litter from a vehicle, recreational vehicle holding tank, or otherwise.” Littering will be punishable by a fine, in the discretion of the municipal judge. In other business, the council unanimously approved a draft Plan for the High Line Canal, presented by Harriet Crittenden LaMair, executive director of the High Line Canal Conservancy.
LaMair said the canal goes through 11 different jurisdictions, including Centennial, and that approximately one million people use the canal, which is owed by the Denver Water Board. The canal consists of 860 acres and is believed to be a $100 million resource, she said, adding that it was built in the 1880’s.
There is both public and private funding for the canal, LaMair stated. There will be 50 new trees planted for each mile of the 71-mile corridor, which she called an “incredible resource.” The trees will not be planted until there is certainty regarding the water sources for them. In another matter, the council approved urban center zoning for 40 acres of land in the area of East Arapahoe Road and Interstate 25. The 40 acres is owned by more than twenty property owners. It is anticipated that the city will eventually redevelop the area, so that there is a mix of uses, with pedestrian and bicycle-friendly areas.
Neil Marciniak, Economic Development Project Manager for Centennial, said there is “no immediate impact” created by the zoning. The regulating plan adopted by the council “does not force landowners to do anything,” he said. There is a team of consultants in place, and the city staff is requesting another $50,000 in the 2020 budget, for a total of more than $250,000 in 2020, for the redevelopment.
2018 All Rights Reserved. Villager Publishing |