Foxridge ImageThe FoxRidge General Improvement District (FRGID) was formed by the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners in 1990 to maintain certain public improvements within specific boundaries of the FoxRidge neighborhood. 

Pursuant to Arapahoe County Resolution No. 1576-90, the FRGID is “authorized to construct, install, acquire, repair, replace and maintain fencing, sprinkler systems, trees, shrubs, sidewalks, grass, decorative stones, entrance markers, benches, lighting systems and general landscaping items…” 

The FRGID is a separate entity from the FoxRidge Improvement Association.  Since its formation, the FRGID has primarily maintained certain landscaping, monument signs and fencing within its boundaries.  Most of the fence maintained by the FRGID was installed by the developer(s) after the initial housing was constructed with no specific plan for maintenance or replacement. 

FRGID Fences

The FRGID fence, which generally runs along the arterial and collector roadways in and along the FRGID boundaries, has been maintained by the FRGID since its formation.  Despite being formed for fence maintenance purposes, the FRGID was not granted the property rights needed to conduct maintenance work on all portions of the fence, which in some locations is location on private property.  

In May 2017, City Staff presented information to the FRGID Board of Directors concerning the neighborhood’s proposal for the replacement of the FRGID fence.  During the ensuing discussion, the FRGID Board of Directors recognized that FRGID’s legal authority to maintain or reconstruct the fence in certain areas was in doubt and halted further maintenance activities until the FRGID could determine whether the fence was located in public right-of-way (ROW) or on private property. 

The FRGID completed a fence location assessment to help resolve that question.  The the assessment shows that nearly ninety-five percent of the fence is located in City ROW.   Even though a significant amount of FRGID fence is located in the City ROW, there remain certain maintenance limitations.  The difference between fence located in City ROW and fence located on private property is summarized below:

FRGID fence in the City ROW

  • The FRGID is able to claim ownership of the fences
  • The FRGID is able to maintain the exterior
  • The FRGID cannot maintain the interior of the fence or replace it without an easement due to the need for a contractor to enter various homeowners’ private property. 

FRGID fence on private property

  • The FRGID cannot claim ownership of the fences
  • It would require a bill of sale for the FRGID to attain ownership
  • The FRGID does not have the authority to provide any type of maintenance work on those fences (interior or exterior)
  • The FRGID would need an easement to do any interior or exterior maintenance

Updates

November 13, 2017: The Board directed City Staff to work with the property owners to obtain ownership of those fence segments along with easements for construction and maintenance purposes.  Based upon that direction, the FRGID began working toward the acquisition of ownership of the fences along with easements from the owners of those properties.

March 5, 2018: Staff returned to the Board and received consensus to move forward with a fence inspection.  Additionally, Staff received direction to move forward with the acquisition of easements on all properties with GID fencing.

August 31, 2018:  At the direction of the FRGID Board of Directors, an inspection of the entire three (3) mile length of FRGID fences was recently completed by Jacobs staff with support from a fence subject matter expert at Split Rail Fence Co, Inc.

The inspection involved assessing the quality and stability of the posts, pickets, top rail and panels of the fence. The results of the inspection showed that approximately 200 posts of the approximately 2040 were failed and loose. Additionally, there were approximately roughly 3% of the total picket amount has failed. For the full fence panels, 24 failed and one was loose. Finally, 2035 top rails failed and are recommended to be replaced and painted or stained.

Based upon the inspection results and the inspector’s recommendations, the failed and loose portions of the fence are in need of repair or replacement. Should those failed and loose portions be fixed, the inspector estimates that the fence as a whole would last approximately five to seven years before full replacement may be required.

Staff is working to determine options to move forward which would likely include options for an immediate maintenance plan in addition to a longer term replacement plan, and will be back in front of the FRGID Board of Directors with details of those options at a later date.

 

Next Steps

An inspection of the GID fence is currently underway and should be complete in June.  Staff is currently preparing a letter to all homeowners with a GID fence as well as easement conveyance documents.  The homeowner letter will include information regarding upcoming community meetings where homeowners can ask questions regarding the easement document.  However, homeowners are welcome to ask questions anytime by emailing the City at GID@centennialco.gov.

Once the fence inspection is complete and the easement acquisition process is underway, Staff will return to the Board of Directions with an update and to receive future direction.

Contact for Further Information

For more information, please email GID@centennialco.gov


Frequently Asked Questions

What does an easement entail?

An easement gives a person or entity a legal right to use someone else’s land.  For example, as provided on most of the plats in the Foxridge neighborhood, there is an easement for gas pipelines that is six feet in width on each private lot running along the public right-of-way. In this case, an easement would give the Foxridge General Improvement District the right to enter a portion of a property owner’s lot for purposes including fence maintenance, replacement and repair. 

What benefits will I receive by signing an easement?

The easement will allow the FRGID to maintain a portion of the fence on the property.

Will I receive any compensation for signing the easement?

Each property owner will receive a one-time payment of $10.00 as consideration for conveying the easement to the FRGID.

What if I don’t want to sign it?

If a homeowner with FRGID fencing on their private property does not want to sign the easement, the FRGID unfortunately will be unable to maintain, replace or repair that portion of the fence as it will not legally be allowed work on the fence.

Am I giving up a portion of my property interest by signing the easement?

Yes, the City (FRGID) will acquire a limited property interest to locate and protect the fence, and to access a portion of the property for fence related construction or maintenance purposes.

If I sign the easement document, does that mean the fence replacement project will move forward?

At this point, the FRGID Board of Directors has not given direction to replace the FRGID fence and Staff is unable to provide information regarding fence replacement costs at this time.


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