Milestones

1998
  • Discussion about possible incorporation at pancake breakfast 

  • Arapahoe Citizens for Self-Determination founded

  • Petition filed with District Court for election regarding incorporation.

  • District Court rules petition invalid

  • Petition corrected and 2,500 signatures collected in 6 hours

1999
  • HB 99-1099 signed by Governor Owens to give priority of petitions for incorporation of large municipalities to take priority over smaller municipalities’ annexations
  • District Court found the Centennial Petition to be valid and to take priority over competing annexation proposals and  ordered an election on whether Centennial should be incorporated.

  • Interveners in the District Court case appealed the ruling.

2000
  • Colorado Supreme Court hears oral arguments.

  • Colorado Supreme Court issues decision that an election should be held to decide incorporation of Centennial.

  • Incorporation election. Voters decide to incorporate the City of Centennial, with 77% of voters in favor.

2001
  • City Seal and Official Map adopted.

  • First officers of City of Centennial government elected to serve until November election.

  • City of Centennial established.

  • Chapparal and Willow Creek parcel annexed

2002
  • Cherry Creek Centre, Saddle Rock Ranches and the Arapahoe Lima Dealership annexed

  • Position and duties of City Manager established.

  • City Council adopts first Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct.

2003
  • Centennial partners on the acquisition of the Bow Tie open space

  • Centennial Youth Commission established

  • Walmart property annexed

  • Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority “ACWWA” property annexed 

  • Centennial Municipal Court established

  • 1% dedicated Sales and Use tax increase approved by the voters

2004
  • Centennial Comprehensive Plan adopted

  • Broncos Parkway Bridge opened

  • Centennial Liquor Licensing Authority was established

2005
  • Centennial ranked 25th Safest City (population over 75,000) in nation by Morgan Quitno Press

2006
  • Southeast Light Rail Line opened

  • Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA) formed

  • Vermilion Creek and Tagawa Gardens properties annexed

2007
  • Comcast property on East Dry Creek annexed

2008
  • Our Voice, Our Vision: Centennial 2030 report issued

  • City purchased property at 13133 E. Arapahoe Rd. for new Civic Center and park

  • City approved master plan for Parks, Trails, Recreation and Open Space

  • Greenfield property annexed

  • Voters approve Home Rule Charter. Centennial becomes a Home Rule City

2009
  • Fremont, Estancia, Chapel Hill, Piney Creek Village and Arapahoe High School properties annexed

  • Election Commission, Audit Committee, Budget Committee and Investment Committee established as required by Home Rule Charter

  • The Streets at SouthGlenn opened

2010
  • Centennial partners with Parker Jordan Metro District to acquire 80 acres of open space along Cherry Creek

  • New Land Development Code adopted

2011
  • Colorado’s first IKEA opened

  • Senior Commission established

  • Celebrate Centennial’s 10-year anniversary of incorporation

  • Creation of the City’s Home Improvement Program (HIP)

  • Groundbreaking of Centennial Center Park

  • Opening of the Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space

  • Opening of the Centennial Link Trail

  • Centennial Promenade property annexed 

2012
  • TABOR Ballot Measure 2D allowing the City of Centennial to retain and spend City revenues from any and all funding sources that currently or will exist passed with 76% of voters approving the measure

  • Centennial Center Park officially opens on April 27. On August 8, 2012 the City and Governor John Hickenlooper co-hosted a celebration of Colorado’s Olympians, featuring Centennial resident and gold-medal swimmer Missy Franklin. 

  • Innovation Pavilion opens

  • Acquisition of the Eagle Street Facility

  • Hosted a Welcome Home Celebration at Centennial Center Park recognizing Colorado Olympians including resident Missy Franklin

  • Completed the City’s first roundabout at Peakview Rd. and Peoria

  • Money Magazine named Centennial 47th Best Place to Live

  • Easter-Lima and Windmill Creek properties annexed

2013
  • Centennial Center Park wins DRCOG's Live, Work Play People's Choice Award

  • Ballot Measure 2G to restore the City’s right and ability to leverage existing fiber optic infrastructure passed with 76% of voters approving the measure. 

  • Neighborhood Park Grant Program initiated

  • Centennial Promenade (#2), Piney Creek Hollow Park, Indian Hills Elementary and Centennial East Corporate Center (#1 and #2)  properties annexed

  • Eagle Street Facility officially opens to house Centennial Public Works, Animal Services, Code Compliance and the 24/7 Citizen Response Center

2014
  • Inaugural Centennial 101 Citizen's Academy class offered to residents

  • Centennial Center Park amphitheater enhancements complete

  • Final link to Centennial Link Trail complete

  • Centennial Center Park receives 5280's Best Playground in the "Top of the Town" issue

  • USA Today ranks Centennial #26 in 50 Best Places to Live

  • Money Magazine ranks Centennial #13 of 50 Best Places to Live in America

  • Centennial City Council has approved a $100,000 exemption for the City’s share of the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT)

  • Centennial East Corporate Center (#3 and #4), Signature at Dry Creek and Dry Creek Corporate Center (#1-3) properties annexed

  • Centennial becomes one of the 32 inaugural partner cities in national broadband initiative 

  • Centennial awarded Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Grant

  • The Jones District breaks ground

  • City purchases its first Arctic Shark

2015
  • USA Today names Centennial #4 Best Place to Live in America

  • Topgolf opens first Colorado location

  • Launched Explore Centennial Online Business Directory

  • Centennial Youth Commission initiated Teen Court

  • Centennial Promenade (#3), Panorama Corporate Center, Jordan Road (#1-2) properties annexed  

2016
  • Go Centennial | Centennial partners with Lyft and Xerox to provide commuters free rides to and from Dry Creek Light Rail Station

  • Centennial joins Transportation for America’s Smart Cities Collaborative to tackle urban mobility challenges

  • City Council approves Fiber Master Plan

  • Arapahoe Road – Waco to Himalaya Widening Project Completed

  • Adopted new Coyote Management Plan

  • Purchased 5 new snow plows

  • Briarwood property annexed 

2017
  • Centennial’s Public Works Department became the 119th accredited public works agency, and the first public-private partnership public works agency in the U.S. by APWA

  • Established FiberWorks and the Fiber Commission

2018
  • Mayor Stephanie Piko takes office

  • Centennial NEXT comprehensive plan approved

  • Centennial Fiber Network completed

  • Intelligent Transportation System installed

  • Joined SMART Cities Alliance

2019
  • Joined Partners in Energy Partnership

  • City Annexed Six Properties

  • Council Adopted Strategic Mission, Vision & Values

  • Launched SPARK Centennial Pilot Program