BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Anne Ingebretsen wants to remain on the Greenwood Village City Council for a sixth term “to continue the work we started two years ago,” putting into effect the policies of the GV comprehensive plan as it was revised in 2018. She would like to see the image and description of the city as laid out in the comprehensive plan translated into a branding strategy. Ingebretsen said that the June 2017 referendum on the GV comprehensive plan “created an opportunity for people to express what Greenwood Village means.”
She also noted that the work she has been doing on the revenue committee appointed by Mayor Rakowsky after the November 2017 election was another way to put the new policies of the revised comprehensive plan into the city’s municipal code. The plans devised by the revenue committee have been discussed several times in city council study sessions over the past year. A new municipal code amendment from that committee outlining a sales tax rebate program to reimburse developers for money spent to improve existing building façades along Arapahoe Road is expected to be introduced this month. Ingebretsen said the area, being called the Arapahoe Entertainment District, is underutilized.
Asked about potential development, the other candidate who spoke to us together with Ingebretsen, Dave Kerber, said that there are still seven vacant building sites in the Village Center area. We asked how seven new office buildings there might impact traffic congestion, a major concern of GV residents. Kerber said there was good access to light rail in the area and that the arterial streets in the area were designed to accommodate the traffic.
Kerber told The Villager he does not any see new residential development coming to Greenwood Village.
Kerber talked about the ownership of the High Line Canal (HLC) being in transition and the issue of signs on the HLC not being resolved. He also expressed concern about how funding will be done to maintain it, saying, “Does money go from Greenwood Village to Aurora?”
Regarding city services, Kerber is proud of the quick inspection turnaround being provided by GV’s community development department and the design standards the city council had done by consultants that they hoped to use for 5G technology.
Dave Kerber said his desire for a sixth term was to continue the work he started as part of the Save Our Village group, which “was a way that citizens got to vote on the type of city they want.” He described GV as a place that has a “peaceful feeling” and is “open.”
Dave Kerber and Anne Ingebretsen both served the maximum four consecutive terms allowed by law on the Greenwood Village City Council before they ran again in 2017. As to the future, they plan to decide every two years whether to run again. Both could legally serve until 2025 before they’d have to step down again for at least two years.
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