Home Rule Governance

Castle Pines neighborhood

City Council is beginning the process to change the City’s form of local government from Statutory Rule to Home Rule. The nearly yearlong process includes intensive community participation with many opportunities for resident input.

This project page is the first step to sharing information and getting resident feedback on all aspects of the Home Rule process.

What is Home Rule Authority?

Municipal “Home Rule” is a form of government under the control of local citizens rather than state government. Home Rule and “local control” is in our state’s constitution and is based upon the belief that the best government is that which is closest to the people.

Currently, as a Statutory City, the state legislature sets the parameters by which the elected City Council has authority to develop local ordinances to address the needs of the residents of Castle Pines. Moving to a Home Rule form of government creates better efficiencies in City operations and improves the ability to protect and preserve the community.

Home Rule Fast Facts:

  • 93% of Colorado municipal residents live in a Home Rule community.
  • These communities operate under a Charter written by local citizens elected to a Charter Commission.
  • Home Rule municipalities have the power to make relevant legislature and exercise control over issues of “local concern” with minimal state intervention.
  • Federal and state laws that address matters beyond local concern still apply, including TABOR.
  • Home Rule would give the City more flexibility and control to address foreseeable changes and citizen desires.


TEST
About the Home Rule Charter
TEST
About the Charter Commission



City Council is beginning the process to change the City’s form of local government from Statutory Rule to Home Rule. The nearly yearlong process includes intensive community participation with many opportunities for resident input.

This project page is the first step to sharing information and getting resident feedback on all aspects of the Home Rule process.

What is Home Rule Authority?

Municipal “Home Rule” is a form of government under the control of local citizens rather than state government. Home Rule and “local control” is in our state’s constitution and is based upon the belief that the best government is that which is closest to the people.

Currently, as a Statutory City, the state legislature sets the parameters by which the elected City Council has authority to develop local ordinances to address the needs of the residents of Castle Pines. Moving to a Home Rule form of government creates better efficiencies in City operations and improves the ability to protect and preserve the community.

Home Rule Fast Facts:

  • 93% of Colorado municipal residents live in a Home Rule community.
  • These communities operate under a Charter written by local citizens elected to a Charter Commission.
  • Home Rule municipalities have the power to make relevant legislature and exercise control over issues of “local concern” with minimal state intervention.
  • Federal and state laws that address matters beyond local concern still apply, including TABOR.
  • Home Rule would give the City more flexibility and control to address foreseeable changes and citizen desires.


TEST
About the Home Rule Charter
TEST
About the Charter Commission



  • Q: How would changing to Home Rule affect me?

    17 days ago

    • Changing to Home Rule wouldn't have an impact on your daily life, but can enhance citizen control, interest, involvement and pride in municipal government.
    • Making the change would assist the City with long-term planning and allow for greater flexibility in funding sources.

    • Changing to Home Rule wouldn't have an impact on your daily life, but can enhance citizen control, interest, involvement and pride in municipal government.
    • Making the change would assist the City with long-term planning and allow for greater flexibility in funding sources.

  • Q: Why should Castle Pines change to Home Rule now?

    17 days ago

    Although there are no pressing matters that would be influenced by this change, now is a very opportune time to make the transition. Home Rule creates a government framework that will ensure the City grows strategically and to the standards of the community. Home Rule helps set the foundation for more government efficiency, more revenue generating options and more control over land use, which provide long-term benefits to the community.

    Although there are no pressing matters that would be influenced by this change, now is a very opportune time to make the transition. Home Rule creates a government framework that will ensure the City grows strategically and to the standards of the community. Home Rule helps set the foundation for more government efficiency, more revenue generating options and more control over land use, which provide long-term benefits to the community.

  • Q: What is the cost of changing to Home Rule?

    17 days ago

    An election typically costs $20,000-$25,000, however, at least one of the Home Rule elections will coincide with a Douglas County election. In this case, the cost to Castle Pines is reduced to about $15,000 and the County covered the other costs.

    The cost of one election has already been factored in to the City’s 2018 budget, and the same will be done for the 2019 budget.

    The cost of the Charter Commission is minimal and only includes staff time to attend extra meetings and any materials the Commission may need.

    An election typically costs $20,000-$25,000, however, at least one of the Home Rule elections will coincide with a Douglas County election. In this case, the cost to Castle Pines is reduced to about $15,000 and the County covered the other costs.

    The cost of one election has already been factored in to the City’s 2018 budget, and the same will be done for the 2019 budget.

    The cost of the Charter Commission is minimal and only includes staff time to attend extra meetings and any materials the Commission may need.

  • Q: How does Home Rule affect sales and use tax collection?

    17 days ago

    Home Rule governance allows a City to directly collect and audit sales and use tax, which, under Statutory Rule, is first collected by the state. Direct tax collection by the City improves tax procedures and guarantees that local tax dollars remain in the community to fund local projects.


    Home Rule governance allows a City to directly collect and audit sales and use tax, which, under Statutory Rule, is first collected by the state. Direct tax collection by the City improves tax procedures and guarantees that local tax dollars remain in the community to fund local projects.


  • Q: How would Home Rule affect streets and traffic management?

    17 days ago

    As a Statutory municipality, state regulations limit the City’s ability to regulate the use of public streets and highways. Under Home Rule, the City would have greater flexibility, clarity and effectiveness in adopting regulations, related to:

    • Speed limits and other traffic regulations
    • Road closures
    • Oversized weight and size of vehicles
    • Parking regulations and signs
    • Code enforcement for parking violations

    As a Statutory municipality, state regulations limit the City’s ability to regulate the use of public streets and highways. Under Home Rule, the City would have greater flexibility, clarity and effectiveness in adopting regulations, related to:

    • Speed limits and other traffic regulations
    • Road closures
    • Oversized weight and size of vehicles
    • Parking regulations and signs
    • Code enforcement for parking violations
  • Q: How would Home Rule affect zoning and development?

    17 days ago

    As a home rule municipality, the City would have greater ability and autonomy to adopt regulations, without interference, in the following areas:

    • More effective public notice requirements for land use and development applications
    • Utilities management in public right-of-ways and on private property
    • Drafting legislation to address local issues
    • Marijuana regulations including growing of plants in a residence
    • Sex offender registration and spacing requirements
    • Zoning regulations and development approval procedures
    • Downtown revitalization and economic development

    As a home rule municipality, the City would have greater ability and autonomy to adopt regulations, without interference, in the following areas:

    • More effective public notice requirements for land use and development applications
    • Utilities management in public right-of-ways and on private property
    • Drafting legislation to address local issues
    • Marijuana regulations including growing of plants in a residence
    • Sex offender registration and spacing requirements
    • Zoning regulations and development approval procedures
    • Downtown revitalization and economic development

  • Q: Will changing to Home Rule make it easier for the City to raise my taxes?

    17 days ago

    No. Any increase in taxes will still require voter approval (in accordance with TABOR laws).

    By changing to Home Rule, the City has the option to adopt more types of taxes that are not available to Statutory municipalities, such as lodging, admissions and excise taxes. However, even those tax changes would need to be approved by voters.


    No. Any increase in taxes will still require voter approval (in accordance with TABOR laws).

    By changing to Home Rule, the City has the option to adopt more types of taxes that are not available to Statutory municipalities, such as lodging, admissions and excise taxes. However, even those tax changes would need to be approved by voters.


  • Q: What are the limits of Home Rule?

    17 days ago

    Although going to Home Rule gives local municipalities more freedom, some laws and constitutions must still be followed:

    • Federal and state constitutions still apply as they provide provisions and protections to residents
    • Federal and state laws that address matters that are more of statewide or national concern still apply
    • Other national and state tax-related laws such as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) and the Gallagher Amendment still apply

    Although going to Home Rule gives local municipalities more freedom, some laws and constitutions must still be followed:

    • Federal and state constitutions still apply as they provide provisions and protections to residents
    • Federal and state laws that address matters that are more of statewide or national concern still apply
    • Other national and state tax-related laws such as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) and the Gallagher Amendment still apply
  • Q: Are there disadvantages to changing to Home Rule?

    17 days ago

    The only potential disadvantage to becoming Home Rule is if the Charter is not written well. Residents can ensure the Charter is written well by encouraging leaders in their community to serve on the Charter Commission.

    If written poorly, the Charter could be too ambiguous, too flexible or too restrictive for the City to effectively manage.

    The only potential disadvantage to becoming Home Rule is if the Charter is not written well. Residents can ensure the Charter is written well by encouraging leaders in their community to serve on the Charter Commission.

    If written poorly, the Charter could be too ambiguous, too flexible or too restrictive for the City to effectively manage.

  • Q: Are there other communities that are Home Rule?

    17 days ago

    Yes – More than 93% of Colorado municipal residents live in a Home Rule community. This includes all incorporated towns and cities in Douglas County and other south metro communities like Centennial, Littleton, Englewood, and many more!

    Yes – More than 93% of Colorado municipal residents live in a Home Rule community. This includes all incorporated towns and cities in Douglas County and other south metro communities like Centennial, Littleton, Englewood, and many more!