Senate Bill 23-213 Fails
Thank you to all who took the time to contact our state legislators opposing Senate Bill 23-213. The bill did not pass! It was defeated in large part by our citizens who reached out to our legislators, attended town hall meetings and were committed to keeping local control local.
This unprecedented bill was a bold attempt to undermine a century of local decision-making regarding land use and zoning by the state. Based on Governor Polis’ stated priorities this fight is not over. It is very likely that similar measures will likely be introduced in next year’s legislative session. It’s important we all remain vigilant and united.
The City of Centennial will continue working with the Colorado Municipal League and surrounding municipalities to defend home rule. Centennial’s home rule charter may be found online at www.centennialco.gov/homerule.
Thank you Centennial community!
History of Home Rule in Centennial
In 2001, Centennial incorporated as a statutory city governed by state laws. On November 6, 2007, Centennial’s citizens elected 21 residents to serve on the Home Rule Charter Commission to draft a Home Rule Charter. On June 10, 2008, the citizens of Centennial voted to approve a Home Rule Charter, making it possible for Centennial to have control over local matters of local concern, including sales tax collection and audit.
The approved charter serves as a “constitution” for the City. The charter allows the government to be more knowledgeable of and responsive to local needs and issues of its citizens while allowing for flexibility to grow, evolve and respond to future circumstances.
Read the Home Rule Charter (PDF, 821KB).