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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.

What's Happening

Our Municipal Code requires a review of the Charter every ten years. As part of this process, the Arvada City Council appoints 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.

Next Steps: Following its final virtual public meeting:

  • The Review Committee will prepare a report and written recommendations for City Council to consider.

  • Council will review a summary of recommendations at the April 26 workshop, and a Charter Issues Committee will be created to help educate the community on the proposed Charter revisions. (Public comment will be available.)

  • Based on Council's feedback, the City Attorney's Office will draft a resolution for City Council's consideration and approval at a business meeting containing all suggested Charter revisions. (Public comment will be available.) 

  • If City Council approves the resolution, the issues will be included on the ballot for voter consideration as part of the November 2021 election. (Public comment will be available.) 

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.

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Committee Membership

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