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City Charter Review

The City Charter is our most important legal document, describing the powers and essential functions of your local government. Like any foundational document, the Charter is periodically updated to ensure it evolves to meet the needs of the community.

What's Happening

Our Municipal Code requires a review of the Charter every ten years. As part of this process, the Arvada City Council appoints a committee to perform a comprehensive review of the City Charter and for making recommendations to the City Council for amendments, deletions or other changes to the Charter.

Next Steps:

  • The Charter Review Committee will hold its third virtual public meeting on March 11. (The first was held Feb. 11  view meeting video; and the second was held Feb. 25  view meeting video.) Public comment will be available at the March 11 meeting. The Committee will discuss Charter issues referred to the Committee by City Council, and any other issues that may be raised by Committee members or that may arise through public comment. 

  • After the Charter Review Committee has concluded its discussion and analysis, the Committee will present written recommendations to City Council. These recommendations will be available to the public for review. The Committee will then receive feedback from City Council at a workshop regarding the written recommendations. 

  • Based on the feedback from City Council at the workshop, the City Attorney's Office will draft a resolution for City Council's consideration and approval at a business meeting containing all suggested Charter revisions that may be referred by City Council for approval by voters election.

  • If City Council approves the resolution, the issues will be included on the ballot for voter consideration as part of the November 2021 election.

Committee Membership

The City Charter Review Committee includes 20 members who are registered voters within Arvada. Review a list of members.

Your Role

​You have the opportunity to provide feedback to the Charter Review Committee, at meetings (register via engage@arvada.org or 720-898-7500), and as part of a City Council public hearing later this spring where councilmembers will discuss and potentially approve recommended amendments to the Charter. Your feedback will inform the discussion, recommendations and approvals of the committee and City Council.

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