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Community Announcements

Dog Park in Ken-Caryl? We want to hear from YOU!

A group of Ken-Caryl Ranch residents was appointed to study and analyze potential locations for a dog park in the community. This survey is important as the analysis is presented to the Boards for consideration, so all community members are strongly encouraged to participate. Survey closes at midnight on Sunday, August 21. Please use the button below to complete the three-minute survey. Thank you!

Valley Parkway Improvements Begin July 11

*UPDATED July 26, 2022

Jefferson County abides by the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). MUTCD sets the standards for all roadway signage, including stop signs. Stop signs are intended to be used to inform who has right-of-way at an intersection, but unfortunately were previously used by engineers as traffic calming devices, creating unintended hazards when those stop signs were not warranted. According to MUTCD [mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov], specific volumes must be met to warrant an all-way stop: “The combined vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle volume entering the intersection from the minor street approaches (total of both approaches) averages at least 200 units per hour for the same 8 hours, with an average delay to minor-street vehicular traffic of at least 30 seconds per vehicle during the highest hour”. The volumes at White Oak/Club and Mountain Laurel were far below this threshold. The reason MUTCD requires traffic volumes on approaching roadways meets this threshold is because, as residents noted, motorists begin to run/roll the stop sign as they become accustomed to the lack of traffic at side streets. The more often motorist run/roll these stop signs, the greater the hazard for other roadway users that anticipate the motorist will stop. This is especially concerning for children, as they are more likely to step into a roadway before ensuring a motorist has come to a complete stop. Therefore, by removing the unwarranted stop signs and instead installing raised crossings, motorists will be slowed and the new treatment will create clear expectations for all roadway users. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has a great information pamphlet (see button above) that provides a clear description of raised crossings and the benefits they provide, specifically around reducing pedestrian-related crashes.

Bicycle lanes will also be implemented with this project by reducing travel lane widths. Some studies suggest that by reducing travel lane widths, vehicular speeds decline as much as 2.9mph per foot reduction. Travel lanes currently vary at approximately 13’ wide, whereas the new design will have approximately 10’ lanes. By implementing both bicycle lanes and raised crossing safety treatments, we believe conditions will improve on Valley Parkway and safety will be enhanced.

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Milling and patching will begin on Valley Parkway July 11. Work will begin on the south side close to Valley Dr. and progress north towards West Ken Caryl Ave. The milling and patching will take about two weeks; the final paving will begin after. There may be a small gap between the prep work and final paving, but the road will always be drivable.

Work will commence from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., which will cause significant delays as the road will be down to a single lane for most of the work. However, vehicles will always be able to get in and out and have access to their roads. Message boards have been placed on both ends to alert drivers. More information about these improvements will be communicated as it becomes available. 

Jefferson County Transportation and Engineering presented design alternatives at the May 3, 2022 neighborhood meeting. Residents in the neighborhood preferred the alternative to install bicycle lanes and remove unwarranted stop signs on Valley Parkway at White Oak Drive and Mountain Laurel Drive, replacing them with raised crossings.

As to why the county has decided not to include both stop signs and raised crossings is that it doesn’t solve the problem of motorists running/rolling through the stop sign. The signs are unwarranted and we would therefore the county is not willing to install expensive raised-crossing infrastructure while not reducing the known hazard of motorists not complying with the stop signs.

Mill and overlay will begin on July 11, 2022 and will take two to three weeks to complete. Approximately one week after overlay is complete, the raised crosswalks will be installed and stop signs removed.

Valley Parkway Maintenance and Road Improvements

Jefferson County Transportation and Engineering presented Valley Parkway design alternatives at their May 3 community meeting online. The presentation is posted on the County’s website, along with a survey link asking for feedback on the design alternatives. The survey deadline is May 10.

Additional information regarding the proposed replacement of stop signs with raised crossings from Jeffco Transportation and Engineering:

Jefferson County abides by the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Manual on Uniform Control Devices (MUTCD). FHWA conducts extensive research for the MUTCD to define national roadway standards for all traffic control devices including roadway markings, signs and signals. MUTCD all-way stop control states that approach intersections (in this case, White Oak and Mountain Laurel) must have at least 300 vehicle approaches within an hour for any of the 8 hours on an average day. Neither intersection was close to meeting this threshold. When this threshold is not met, motorists driving on the thru street (in this case Valley Pkwy) become accustomed to the lack of motorists at the side street and begin rolling or running the stop signs, creating safety hazards for not only motorists that do approach the intersection expecting traffic to stop, but vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists. This aligns with several concerns we received regarding low-compliance at these locations and is why staff prefers raised crossings. Raised crossings at these locations set clear expectations for all roadway users. Better yet, compliance is not an issue as a vertical crossing treatment forces motorists to slow while also providing greater visibility of those in the raised crossing.

Master Association Updating Policies for Compliance with New State Law

Colorado House Bill 22-1137 is titled the Homeowners’ Association Board Accountability and Transparency bill. This bill signed into law by Governor Polis and goes into effect Aug. 10. To become compliant with the new law, the Master Association will be making changes to our policies and procedures, including the Collections Policy, Enforcement Policy and the Conduct of Meetings Policy. Because this is state law, it overrides the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA) and anything in our Association documents. The Collections Policy will be updated to include new notification requirements, interest rates, application of payments, payment plans and referral of delinquent accounts. The Enforcement Policy will reflect new procedures required for covenant violations as well as fine limitations, cure periods, and other notice-related specifics. The Conduct of Meetings Policy will be updated to reflect that collection and disciplinary hearings are to be conducted in executive session. The Master Association Board will vote on the updated policies at the Aug. 16 MA Board Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Ranch House. The updated policies will be included in the board meeting packet, available at https://ken-carylranch.org/about-us/board-of-directors/.

The Operational Relationship Between the MA and the MD

By Traci Wieland, Metropolitan District Manager

Over the course of the last several months of editions of Life at Ken-Caryl, we have been discussing the unique relationship that the Master Association and Metropolitan District have in providing services to the Ken-Caryl Ranch community. Many of these articles have been about the differences, or similarities, in structure and mission. Today’s article focuses on a component of the operational relationship between the two organizations.

In 1988, the Master Association and Metropolitan District entered into a Reorganization Agreement that first outlined the District’s responsibility for the operation, maintenance, and associated costs and expenses for the Master Association’s park and recreation amenities, such as greenbelts, playgrounds and parks. This first agreement provided the initial structure for how the two organizations worked together to serve the community. A Letter of Understanding followed in 1996 that further clarified and defined the working relationship and services provided by each of the organizations. Almost two decades passed before a need was identified to amend the original agreement. The First Amendment was executed in 2014 to outline the use of District bond funds for capital improvements, and the Second Amendment in 2019 outlined which organization is responsible for specific water fees.

Operations and Board leadership changed, providing the impetus for the current draft of a Third Amendment to the Reorganization Agreement. This Amendment has been discussed by the Boards since the summer of 2020 when staff took a deep dive into insurance coverage for all Ken-Caryl Ranch amenities, developing a detailed list and plan for coverage. In addition, the Boards expressed the need for consistency and structure when discussing and employing its many boards, committees, work groups and task forces. The Third Amendment to the Reorganization Agreement also provides additional context to the ongoing efforts to streamline operations between the two organizations. When available, staff utilizes certain cooperative cost-sharing opportunities. The Amendment will define those opportunities.

The Boards have discussed the process and components of the Agreement at numerous Joint Study Sessions; however, a draft document is now available for further review and community feedback, with hopeful adoption by both Boards in August or September. The draft Agreement will be included for discussion at the respective July and August Board meetings for the Master Association and the Metropolitan District.

HB-1137

House Bill 1137 was recently passed in Colorado as a knee-jerk reaction to the mismanagement and poor decisions of one HOA in Colorado that you may remember seeing in the news.

As a result of this new Bill, Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association (and all HOAs statewide) will be dramatically affected, and will need to:

  • Evaluate and make changes to procedures for assessment collection and covenant enforcement.
  • Update/amend existing governance policies.
  • Implement changes to governance policies.
  • Budget for increased operating, management and legal expenses.
  • Discuss changes with management and develop compliance strategies.
  • Educate board members about changes to CCIOA.

As it relates to Covenant Enforcement, our enforcement procedures and fine structures will need to be updated and rewritten to be in compliance with the new law. Violations will be split into two categories…those affecting the health and safety of the community, and those that do not.

For violations that are a health and safety issue, the property owner will be given 72 hours to cure the violation. If after 72 hours, the violation is not cured, then they will be subject to fines (up to every other day) not to exceed $500.

For violations that are not a health and safety issue, the property owner will be given 30 days to cure the violation. If after the 30-day cure period, the violation still exists, they are subject to fines (up to every other day) not to exceed $500 for each violation. A second 30-day cure period will be granted before any legal action against the property owner may take place.

In addition to the above, our requirements (and there are more!), and how we notify property owners of violations is becoming more difficult, expensive and time consuming.

Look for additional communications, updates and details pertaining to governing documents and procedures in the near future as we work through the new, costly and labor-intensive House Bill requirements.

Details available at House Bill 1137.

Disc Golf Course Update

The Ranch House Disc Golf course dates back to the 1970s and is one of the oldest in the state. It was designed by Ed Headrick, who is referred to as the “Father of Disc Golf”. It is a very popular amenity in the community that is widely used by a variety of age groups.

While the disc golf course is very popular, staff also receives some feedback from nearby neighbors about ongoing negative behaviors, including night-time use, drugs, noise and alcohol. Staff has worked with the residents to mitigate the behaviors as best as possible with additional signage, additional security cameras, targeted patrols and engagement with the Jefferson County Sherriff. Staff also engaged a local disc golf design consultant. The following maintenance and improvement items were discussed and/or implemented:

  • Tee signs (installed)
  • Additional programming (ongoing)
  • Ongoing tree removal and trimming (ongoing)
  • Entrance sign (in design)
  • Redesign of Hole 5 (under consideration)
  • Tee box reinforcement (under consideration)
  • Additional fencing (under consideration)

Staff developed an internal survey that was available May 23 – May 31 to get a broader sense of usage and impact of the course. The survey provided a forum for all residents and users to provide feedback giving the Boards a general sense of use and the associated issues. We received more than 600 survey responses, and about 325 of those were residents. Highlights from the resident responses to the survey include:

  • 80% of resident respondents utilize the course.
  • Approximately 50% of the resident users are ages 24 and younger.
  • Smoking and drug use were the behaviors mentioned most often when describing negative behaviors on the course.
  • 252 resident respondents have not been negatively impacted by the course.

When asked about a preferred course of action to minimize behavior concerns while meeting the needs of the community, respondents ranked the following in order of preference:

  1. Keep the course as is.
  2. Keep the course as is and increase security.
  3. Keep the course as is and increase signage.
  4. Close the course permanently and leave space as open park space.
  5. Close the course permanently and replace with another amenity.

The full survey results, including the 305 non-resident responses, mirrors many of the themes identified above, including the preferred course of action. Full survey results can be found on the Parks page.

Staff presented these survey findings to the Master Association and Metropolitan District Boards at the July 5 Joint Study Session. Members of both Boards are supportive of keeping the course open, but also want to mitigate concerns. Staff will be exploring increased patrols, ambassador programs, signage, cameras, Neighborhood Watch and increased programming opportunities. Do you have additional ideas for course improvements? We would love to hear from you! Email Metro District Manager Traci Wieland at traciw@kcranch.org and Master Association Executive Director Victoria DeSair at victoriad@kcranch.org.

The Operational Relationship Between the MA and the MD

By Traci Wieland, Metropolitan District Manager

Over the course of the last several months of editions of Life at Ken-Caryl, we have been discussing the unique relationship that the Master Association and Metropolitan District have in providing services to the Ken-Caryl Ranch community. Many of these articles have been about the differences, or similarities, in structure and mission. Today’s article focuses on a component of the operational relationship between the two organizations.

In 1988, the Master Association and Metropolitan District entered into a Reorganization Agreement that first outlined the District’s responsibility for the operation, maintenance, and associated costs and expenses for the Master Association’s park and recreation amenities, such as greenbelts, playgrounds and parks. This first agreement provided the initial structure for how the two organizations worked together to serve the community. A Letter of Understanding followed in 1996 that further clarified and defined the working relationship and services provided by each of the organizations. Almost two decades passed before a need was identified to amend the original agreement. The First Amendment was executed in 2014 to outline the use of District bond funds for capital improvements, and the Second Amendment in 2019 outlined which organization is responsible for specific water fees.

Operations and Board leadership changed, providing the impetus for the current draft of a Third Amendment to the Reorganization Agreement. This Amendment has been discussed by the Boards since the summer of 2020 when staff took a deep dive into insurance coverage for all Ken-Caryl Ranch amenities, developing a detailed list and plan for coverage. In addition, the Boards expressed the need for consistency and structure when discussing and employing its many boards, committees, work groups and task forces. The Third Amendment to the Reorganization Agreement also provides additional context to the ongoing efforts to streamline operations between the two organizations. When available, staff utilizes certain cooperative cost-sharing opportunities. The Amendment will define those opportunities.

The Boards have discussed the process and components of the Agreement at numerous Joint Study Sessions; however, a draft document is now available for further review and community feedback, with hopeful adoption by both Boards in August or September. The draft Agreement will be included for discussion at the respective July and August Board meetings for the Master Association and the Metropolitan District. You can find those packets via the website under the Board of Directors page, or you can sign up to have those agendas and packets delivered to your inbox via the homepage of our website and clicking on the Join Our Newsletter icon at the top right corner. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me via email at traciw@kcranch.org, or by calling 303-979-1876, x 136.

Crime Prevention Presentation

Deputy Mark Bybee, from the Jeffco Sherriff’s Office, gave a presentation on crime prevention in Ken-Caryl on June 22 . The presentation included crime stats for Ken-Caryl and Jefferson County and discussed crime prevention tips, which include lighting, cameras and CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) ideas. He covered situation awareness to help keep you safe whether at home, in stores or out walks. The 30-minute presentation, followed by a Q&A session, can be viewed below.

Ken Caryl Ave. and C-470 Interchange Construction Updates

CDOT began intersection improvement work  at the intersection of C-470 and Ken Caryl Avenue on Monday, March 21. The project is scheduled to run through late August 2022.

Project improvements include:

  • Removal and replacement of the traffic signals along both directions and both sides of Ken Caryl Avenue at C-470.
  • Improving the ramps from both eastbound and westbound C-470 onto Ken Caryl Avenue (Exit 10) by adding left turn capacity for motorists who are exiting C-470 and turning left onto Ken Caryl Avenue. This will help prevent left-turn traffic from backing up at these exits.
  • Widening the right turn lanes from Ken Caryl Avenue onto both directions of C-470.
  • Minor sidewalk improvements near the intersection.

Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available. The CDOT project webpage is available at the button below. For more information, please contact the project hotline at 720-372-0606 or c470intersectionimprovements@gmail.com.

Why is there a sidewalk closure on the south side of Ken-Caryl? Will an alternate route be in place?

As of May 1, 2022, there is temporary sidewalk and bike path access fenced off from construction work. However, pedestrians and cyclists should be aware that this is an active construction site, so please pay attention to the detour signs and use caution when going through the temporary path configuration. Once work begins on improving the medians (more info below in number 3), the full sidewalk closure will be back in place. At that time, the Cathy Johnson Trail is the only alternate trail route available until the sidewalk can be reopened following construction.

Will the merge lane from C-470 south onto Ken-Caryl Ave west be extended? Is there a high level map showing what is being done here?

The current condition from C-470 South onto Ken Caryl Ave West does not allow merging and no acceleration lane is present. An acceleration lane will be added in the northwest corner of the interchange to allow for easier merging onto Ken Caryl Ave from C-470. The map below illustrates all the improvements the project includes.

What will the new crossings look like? What work is being done to the sidewalk?

The size of the median islands will be increased to provide refuge areas, sidewalks will be widened from 4’ to 8-10’ across the medians to accommodate trail traffic, and raised pedestrian crossings across the on/off ramps will be added to improve pedestrian visibility. On the East side of the intersection, a separate bike crossing will be added.

Click on the map image below for a larger image.

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