Want to volunteer on our Teen Court? Sign up for Upcoming General Legal Training!

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This training is designed to:

  • familiarize new volunteers with the concept of Teen Court;

  • teach skills necessary to be an effective Teen Court volunteer;

  • foster respect and team work among the Teen Court volunteers;

  • teach the principles of restorative justice;

  • build public speaking abilities and critical thinking skills;

  • practice skills and concepts to instill confidence and professionalism.  

All volunteers that join Teen Court must complete General Legal Training in full before serving as a member of a Peer Panel.  

Upcoming Training Dates:

Saturday, February 2 & 9

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Municipal Building (Juniper Room)

9220 Kimmer Drive

Lone Tree

 For more information, call 720-509-1265 or email teencourt@cityoflonetree.com.

City of Lone Tree Welcomes New Director of Public Works and Mobility

Colorado native Justin Schmitz   brings vast experience and innovation

Colorado native Justin Schmitz brings vast experience and innovation

The City of Lone Tree welcomed a new Director of Public Works and Mobility last month to transition into the role previously held by John Cotten, who retires in February 2019 after nearly three decades with the City.

Colorado native Justin Schmitz joined Lone Tree in November after serving as City Traffic Engineer for the City and County of Denver.

“Lone Tree is a growing, thriving city that provides a good balance between urban and suburban contexts,” said Schmitz.  “I believe it’s going to be a leader in new technology and city building, and I’m excited to be a part of its future.”

Schmitz hit the ground running from day one and is already leading his team on major projects such as expansion of RidgeGate Parkway, which is set to start next year, the installation of Adaptive signal technology, and enhancing mobility in Lone Tree.                                                    

Schmitz earned his civil engineering degree from Colorado State University. In his free time, he can be found skiing with his family, shuttling kids to and from events, and—whenever possible—celebrating a Denver Broncos victory. 

Small Cell Wireless Facilities: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

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Source: Crown Castle

Given our increasing daily use of wireless communication and a recent law passed by the Colorado Legislature, the City of Lone Tree and neighboring municipalities will be allowing the installation of small cell wireless facilities in the area. Here are the most common FAQs to help you better understand any impact it may have to your community.

Q: What is a small cell wireless facility?

A: A small cell wireless facility is part of a larger network that provides cellular service to smartphones, tablets and other cellular devices. The facilities are called “small cell” because they provide low-powered signals to complement a larger cellular network. They have a shorter range and use smaller equipment than larger cellular towers.

Q: What are the benefits of small cell facilities in our community?

A: Small cell facilities are critical to faster and more consistent connectivity. The demand for cellular service is increasing exponentially as people become more dependent upon high-quality cellular service for personal, business and public safety communications, as well as for entertainment.

Q: Where can service providers install these facilities?

A: In 2017, the Colorado state legislature passed a law requiring cities to allow construction of small cell facilities in the City’s right of way (ROW). The ROW is a City-owned strip of land that includes the street, sidewalk and oftentimes a few feet beyond the sidewalk.

Q: Can the City prohibit small cell facilities in City-owned right of way?

A: No. The 2017 state law requires the City to accommodate these facilities in the ROW.

Q: Can the City determine the number, size or design of these facilities?

A: Under current state and federal law, the City has limited ability to regulate these facilities. For example, the City of Lone Tree’s ordinance limits the distance (600 feet) between new facilities, the height (40 feet) and the color.

Q: What will they look like?

A: The City is working with providers to install free-standing poles with a limited profile or poles designed to be integrated with street lights. To date, all proposals have been for 30-foot free-standing poles. The poles are either black or green, depending on the colors of street light or traffic signal poles in the immediate neighborhood.

Q: Can the City consider the effect on property values?

A: No. Because of state and federal regulations, the City cannot consider the effect a new wireless installation may have on adjacent property values. 

Still have questions? Contact the City Manager’s Office or Public Works Department at 303-708-1818.

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Join LTPD for Coffee with a Cop

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Come chat with members of the Lone Tree Police Department while enjoying a cup of coffee! Drop by to ask questions, share concerns or simply get to know your LTPD officers better. For more information, contact Ofc. Kris Larson at 303.339.8150 or kris.larson@cityoflonetree.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Monk & Mongoose Gourmet Coffee

9580 RidgeGate Pkwy.

Lone Tree, CO

Crocs CEO Andrew Rees Joins CU South Denver for New Educational Program

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The University of Colorado South Denver has announced the launch of an impressive new program, Journey to the Top | C-Suite Series, starting in November of this year. Kicking off this series is Andrew Rees, President and CEO of Niwot-based Crocs, Inc., the maker of one of the most iconic footwear silhouettes in the world. Rees will share personal stories from his two-plus decades in footwear and retail, including his pathway to Crocs, where he’s overseen the $1 billion brand’s transformation and growth efforts.

“I am thrilled to help CU South Denver kick-off what’s sure to be an educational speaker series,” Rees said. “I look forward to sharing my story in hopes of inspiring others in the community.”

Following a professional networking reception, Rees will accompany Jackie Millet, the mayor of Lone Tree, for an intimate fireside chat with discussions of his triumphs, challenges and lessons learned along his path to success. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask Rees their own questions as well.

“This new speaker series is just one of many ways that CU South Denver is bringing exceptional educational opportunities to our community and beyond,” said Millet. “We are proud to have them in Lone Tree, and it’s an honor to participate in the kick off session with Rees.”

Scot Chadwick, the vice chancellor of enterprise development for CU South Denver, states that this will be “an invaluable opportunity for professionals across the Denver Metro Area to further their own professional development and garner hands-on insights and learnings from a chief executive officer’s journey.”

The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 - 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public with limited seating. 

For more information, click here.

RTD begins testing trains on the Southeast Rail Extension

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With construction of bridges and other structures largely complete on the 2.5-mile Southeast Rail Extension in Lone Tree, the Regional Transportation District  is entering a new phase where light rail trains can be tested on the line.

Barring weather or scheduling delays, lines will be energized during the second week of November, with testing of the entire extension from Lincoln Station to RidgeGate Station taking place shortly thereafter. 

The testing process, referred to as “systems integrated testing,” evaluates technical and performance requirements for key elements of the line. As RTD Project Manager Andy Mutz explains, “Before we open the new extension for service, we test all the elements to verify that the construction produced a safe and reliable operating rail line.” Crews will measure track clearances, test train signals and test the electrical and communications systems.

Once integration testing is completed, the Southeast Rail Extension will be turned over for training to RTD’s operations crews who will run the trains to gain familiarity with the new alignment prior to opening the line for revenue service. While this testing represents a significant step forward in the process to open the light rail line, a revenue service date has not yet been announced.

Safety remains a guiding agency priority at all times. During train testing, the public is asked to abide by all safety signage, respect closures of railroad or at-grade crossings along the alignment, and not attempt to view testing by accessing construction areas at stations and various locations along the tracks.

The Southeast Rail Extension project is part of RTD’s 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan to expand rapid transit across the Denver metro region. The project will extend the Southeast Rail Line from Lincoln Station to Ridgegate Station. Systems and testing work is planned to take place on the Southeast Rail Extension through 2018, and the line is scheduled to open for service in 2019.

ABOUT RTD

The Regional Transportation District develops, operates and maintains a public transportation system that meets the transit needs of close to 3 million people within an eight-county service area in the Denver Metro region. The agency’s buses, rail lines, shuttles and additional services provide approximately 100 million annual passenger trips. For more information, visit rtd-denver.com, call 303-299-6000 and follow along on social media: facebook.com/RideRTD, @RideRTD on Twitter, @ridertd on Instagram and rideRTDco on YouTube.

City of Lone Tree Tackles Traffic Issues, Reduces Congestion, Improves Safety with Support of Partners

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County Line Road Improvements completed on time and under budget

On Nov. 1, Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet was joined by representatives from neighboring municipalities at Seasons 52 in Lone Tree to celebrate the major improvements made to the area near Park Meadows Retail Resort thanks to their collaborative efforts.

“When you exist at the corner of I-25 and C-470, you can’t help but spend a lot of time and energy looking at traffic and transportation so it’s exciting to be here to celebrate another transportation project,” said Millet.  “This was a very much needed improvement, and we have a lot of people to thank.”

This project, which was completed on Oct. 19, was possible thanks to the support of Lone Tree’s partners: Douglas County, City of Centennial, Denver South Transportation Management Association and Park Meadows Metropolitan District.  

“What we see at the County is no doubt the impact to the mall, one of the main economic drivers in the state,” said Douglas County Commissioner Roger Partridge.  “But we also see the impact to both Arapahoe County and Douglas County, making this a regional project.”

Road improvements included an additional northbound lane on Park Meadows Center Drive which splits into separate lanes for southbound and northbound I-25 and eastbound County Line Road, and a new left turn lane from westbound County Line Road into Park Meadows Retail Resort.  In addition, a westbound right turn lane was added from the I-25 southbound off ramp onto County Line Road.

City Seeks Feedback on Lone Tree Comprehensive Plan

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The City of Lone Tree is seeking the public’s feedback on updates proposed to the Lone Tree Comprehensive Plan, which provides the general direction of how the community should grow in the next 20 years and beyond.

By City Charter, the Plan is evaluated every three years by City Council to determine if changes are warranted.  The existing Plan was adopted by City Council in 2015.

City staff encourages the public to review the proposed Lone Tree Comprehensive Plan and the Summary of Proposed Changes, and send comments, feedback or questions to Planning Manager Jennifer Drybread at jennifer.drybread@cityoflonetree.com by Nov. 21.

City of Lone Tree Partners with Neighboring Municipalities to Manage and Reduce Traffic Congestion

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The City of Lone Tree, along with the support of City of Centennial and City of Greenwood Village, is deploying innovative technology to improve traffic flow on the area’s busiest roads.

“Traffic and congestion do not recognize municipal boundaries and neither do our residents.  A regional solution is required and Lone Tree looks forward to employing innovative, smart technology in collaboration with our partners to provide real solutions for our communities,” said Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet.

The Intelligent Transportation System — or ITS — an integrated communications system that connects to the City of Centennial’s fiber network and Traffic Operations Center is currently being implemented. Part of this implementation involves the installation of 64 closed-circuit cameras at high-traffic intersections and travel-time monitoring equipment on major corridors. These cameras are for real-time traffic monitoring, not surveillance.

Alleviating traffic congestion in conjunction with improving the safety and efficiency of our roadways are shared challenges among the cities of the south metro Denver area. Partnering with our neighboring cities on this pilot program will provide each of us with the integral data prior to investing additional resources in the appropriate technology for traffic management,” said Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko.

Recently the cities of Centennial, Greenwood Village and Lone Tree identified this pilot project to take a cross-jurisdictional approach to managing and reducing traffic congestion. Specifically, the cities are working to create a connected, data-driven, multi-jurisdictional traffic management plan for Yosemite Street between Lincoln Avenue and Belleview Avenue that promotes efficient and safe traffic flow through the installation of sensors at traffic signals. This is the first multi-jurisdictional partnership to enable adaptive signal technology.

 "This project speaks volumes about regional cooperation, demonstrates a coordinated approach to improving air quality, and positively impacts traffic flow," said Mayor Ron Rakowsky, Greenwood Village. 

A private sensor vendor, Blyncsy, has secured a grant to facilitate the installation of their sensors in Centennial and Lone Tree (Greenwood Village already has similar sensors in place) to monitor traffic and collect volumes, travel times, and delay (time spent waiting at a signal). The data collected will directly serve the City’s pilot project with Greenwood Village and Lone Tree to install adaptive signal technology on Yosemite Street. This data will fully describe the existing conditions on the corridor.

After the adaptive technology is deployed and the software starts making tweaks to the signal timing, the entities can measure the effectiveness of the pilot project by comparing the before and after conditions. A successful pilot will prove emerging technology can be applied to traffic signals to benefit businesses, commuters, and residents alike, and will set a precedent for all future efforts our cities undertake.