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  • Tips for enhancing professionalism during virtual meetings
    This publication offers tips and suggestions to local government elected officials and staff to help ensure that virtual public meetings maintain the same formality, efficiency, and professionalism as an in-person meeting.
  • Urban Renewal
    Urban renewal is one of the most important tools cities and towns in Colorado have for revitalization, redevelopment, and economic development. This reference guide provides a clear explanation of the law and other topics related to urban renewal, including an overview of tax increment finance and a brief chapter on downtown development authorities.
  • Urban Renewal - PDF
    Urban renewal is one of the most important tools cities and towns in Colorado have for revitalization, redevelopment, and economic development. This reference guide provides a clear explanation of the law and other topics related to urban renewal, including an overview of tax increment financing adn a brief chapter on downtown development authorities.
  • Municipal Taxes and Fees
    The primary sources of municipal revenue are sales and use taxes, and property tax. Fees are charges imposed for the purpose of defraying the cost of a particular government service. This booklet addresses how taxes and fees work, how to institute a new tax or fee, and legal limitations. (2018)
  • TABOR: A Guide to the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights
    This update is a product of careful consideration and multiple revisions, resulting in a guide that is the most up-to-date information on TABOR.

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  • CML Newsletter CML June 14 Newsletter
    June 11, 2024
    In this issue: 
    • Governor signs CML-initiated State Support for Affordable Housing bill into law
    • Spring District Meetings connect and empower Colorado municipalities
    • Research Corner: Municipalities respond to unfunded state mandates
    • Legal Corner: Rethinking ‘rights of nature’
  • Cover of CML Newsletter CML May 31 Newsletter
    May 29, 2024
    In this issue: 
    • Member Spotlight: Woodland Park acquires land for Avenger Open Space
    • The Faces of Public Service: Lone Tree & Walden
    • Research Corner: Legal actions impact municipalities
    • Legal Corner: The future of local lodging tax
  • Cover of CML Newsletter CML May 17 Newsletter
    May 14, 2024
    In this issue: 
    • Newly passed laws affecting cities and towns
    • Renewable energy and sustainability resources for local governments
    • The Faces of Public Service: Fraser & La Jara
    • Clerks’ Corner: Maintaining accurate records is hard work — and important
  • Cover of CML Newsletter CML May 3 Newsletter
    April 30, 2024
    In this issue: 
    • Register now for the 2024 CML Annual Conference in Loveland
    • CML Spring District Meetings are about to get underway
    • Research Corner: The role of property tax in municipal budgets
    • Legal Corner: Impact fee challenges — coming soon?
  • Cover of Colorado Municipalities magazine Colorado Municipalities — Civility
    April 17, 2024
    The 2024 CML President's Initiative is an effort to promote civility in local government. In keeping with this theme, the April issue of Colorado Municipalities magazine includes articles on CML's Civility Starts Here campaign, promoting civility in public meetings, de-escalation techniques, self-care for public servants, as well as a preview of the 2024 CML Annual Conference.





  • CML Supports SB24-174
    March 5, 2024

    SB24-174 Sustainable Affordable Housing Assistance uses state support to focus local government planning efforts on housing, with an emphasis on improving affordability and avoiding displacement, while providing flexibility to develop community based strategies for growth. Under the bill, local governments of a certain size will conduct housing needs assessments every six years, with the option to participate in a regional assessment.

    The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) will establish methodologies to create a baseline for the assessments and conduct a statewide assessment. Local governments will create housing action plans to meaningfully plan for housing needs, recommend legislative actions for adoption by locally elected leaders, promote regional coordination, and engage the public on efforts to address housing needs in the municipality’s jurisdiction. The bill updates county and municipal master plan standards to consider certain growth-related information sources and include water and strategic growth elements. The bill limits the power of new restrictive covenants to prohibit accessory dwelling units and more dense housing types where permitted by local zoning.

    CML respectfully requests your support.

  • 2023-2024 Election Webinar Series: Ballot Order, Mail Ballot Signature Verification, and Canceling an Election
    February 28, 2024
    This webinar is part of CML's 2023-2024 Election Webinar Series for clerks. During this webinar you will learn about ballot order, circumstances that must exist for a municipal election to be canceled, canceling an election, determining terms in the event of vacancies, and procedures for verifying mail ballot signature verification. While especially intended for clerks whose municipalities will be having elections in spring 2024, all clerks are welcome to participate.
  • CML Opposes HB24-1313 Unless Amended
    February 22, 2024

    House Bill 24-1313 Housing in Transit-Oriented Communities mandates rezoning of certain areas around rail and bus transit corridors by local governments within Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Colorado Municipal League, in partnership with other local government associations, is seeking amendments to remove punitive language that allows the state to withhold vital HUTF funding from local communities and removes local elected officials’ ability to make decisions for their communities.

    Your partnership is respectfully requested to oppose the bill unless it is amended.

  • The Ins and Outs of Digital Accessibility
    February 15, 2024

    By now, everyone in the digital world know that websites should be accessible to all users, but do you actually understand what makes a site truly accessible? Digital accessibility is more than just adding alternative text, relying on your developer to make the right decisions, or catering to just one disability or impairment. In this webinar, led by Aten Design Group's in-house, IAAP-certified web accessibility expert, you will learn the ins and outs of digital accessibility.

  • CML Opposes HB24-1152 Unless Amended
    January 31, 2024

    HB24-1152, Concerning Increasing the Number of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), raises some concerns about home rule and local control. While CML share's the state's goal of expanding housing options, this bill encroaches on traditional land use and zoning authority of home rule municipalities.

    HB24-1152 imposes top-down residential zoning standards on select municipalities in Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) by making accessory dwelling units (ADUs) a “use by right” in single family zones. The bill would prohibit local governments from maintaining parking requirements, owner-occupancy rules, and so-called “restrictive” design or dimension standards.

    CML respectfully requests opposition, unless the bill is amended

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