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City Charter Review

The City Charter is our most important legal document, describing the powers and essential functions of your local government. Like any foundational document, the Charter is periodically updated to ensure it evolves to meet the needs of the community. Our Municipal Code requires a review of the Charter every ten years. In early 2021, as part of this process, the Arvada City Council appointed a committee to perform a comprehensive review of the City Charter and for making recommendations to the City Council for amendments, deletions or other changes to the Charter. The Charter Review Committee conducted several public meetings, which included public input, to determine their recommendations to Council.

At a public hearing on August 16, 2021, Council considered and approved the Committee's choices for amended Charter provisions:

  • Council Member Employment Prohibition (Section 4.3)
  • Initiative and Referendum (Section 5.13 and 5.14)
  • Council Vacancies (Section 4.6)

Four ballot measures will be submitted to voters on the Nov. 2 ballot (with initiative and referendum amendments being split into two separate ballot questions).

Ballot Questions for the 2021 Election

QUESTION NO. 1 - AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER FOR THE CITY OF ARVADA

Shall Chapter IV, Section 4.3, “Qualifications,” of the Arvada City Charter concerning qualifications to be a candidate for City Council, be amended by deleting language that prohibits an employee from another municipality from holding public office in Arvada?
 YES
 NO

QUESTION NO. 2 - AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER FOR THE CITY OF ARVADA

Shall Chapter IV, Section 4.6, “Vacancies,” of the Arvada City Charter concerning procedures for filling vacancies on City Council, be amended by increasing the number of days to fill a City Council vacancy from 30 days to 45 days?
 YES
 NO

QUESTION NO. 3 - AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER FOR THE CITY OF ARVADA

Shall Chapter V, Section 5.13, “Initiative Procedures,” of the Arvada City Charter concerning procedures for submitting initiative petitions, be amended by increasing the amount of time permitted to gather signatures on an initiative petition from 30 days to 60 days?

 YES
 NO

QUESTION NO. 4 - AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER FOR THE CITY OF ARVADA

Shall Chapter V, Section 5.14, “Referendum Procedures,” of the Arvada City Charter concerning procedures for submitting referendum petitions, be amended by increasing the amount of time permitted to gather signatures on a referendum petition from 30 days to 60 days?
 YES
 NO

Learn more about the Nov. 2 election.

Previous Actions

  • At the April 26 council workshop, Mark McGoff, the Chair of the Charter Review Committee, presented the Charter Review Committee Report to City Council. View Meeting video.
  • The Charter Review Committee held its final virtual meeting on March 25 view meeting video.

  • The Charter Review Committee held its third virtual public meeting on March 11  view meeting video

  • The Charter Review Committee held its second virtual public meeting on Feb. 25.  View meeting video.
  • The Charter Review Committee held the first of its virtual, public meetings on Feb. 11. View the meeting video.
  • At its Jan. 11 meeting, the City Council officially formed the Charter Review Committee and appointed members.  Download meeting agenda View meeting video.

Your Role

​You have the opportunity to provide feedback to the Charter Review Committee, at meetings (register via engage@arvada.org or 720-898-7500), and as part of a City Council public hearing later this spring where councilmembers will discuss and potentially approve recommended amendments to the Charter. Your feedback will inform the discussion, recommendations and approvals of the committee and City Council.

Committee Membership

The City Charter Review Committee includes 20 members who are registered voters within Arvada.  Review a list of members.