City targets ailing trees, clutter, inoperable vehicles

Centennial amends code to keep private property free of eyesores

Posted 7/22/17

New amendments to Centennial's municipal code enforce an uncluttered yard, the removal of dying and diseased trees and the enclosed storage of inoperable vehicles.

“Centennial is known for our neighborhood,” said District 1 Councilmember …

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City targets ailing trees, clutter, inoperable vehicles

Centennial amends code to keep private property free of eyesores

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New amendments to Centennial's municipal code enforce an uncluttered yard, the removal of dying and diseased trees and the enclosed storage of inoperable vehicles.

“Centennial is known for our neighborhood,” said District 1 Councilmember Candace Moon. “Having strong compliance for our code in our residential and business areas is important to the way the city looks. Our neighborhoods are spotlighted as a great place to live, so we want to keep that going by having strong ordinances to protect our property values.”

The ordinance will be enforced once a complaint is filed. All complaints are physically investigated by the code compliance division and if no violations are found, the case is closed. If there is a violation, education of the property owner is the first step used to resolve the issue. If voluntary compliance with the city code is not achieved, a ticket will be issued.

“The concern is not only aesthetic, but it also has to do with quality of life and property values,” said Steve Greer, the city's director of community development. “It also creates a harborage for rodents, insects and animals.”

The ordinance was created to further enforce property values, Moon said.

“I think having strong ordinances with code compliance will help everybody in understanding that our homes are our value,” Moon said. “We want to keep our property value up.”

Centennial residents who wish to file a complaint can call the citizen response hotline: 303-325-8000.

Stockpiling


The amendment to the code states that the stockpiling of materials “may not be stored anywhere on private property” unless within a fully enclosed structure. This includes rear and side yards.

The stockpiling regulation indicates that private property must be free of junk, debris, garbage, scrap, tires, inoperable equipment and other stockpiled items.

Inoperable vehicles

Inoperable vehicles, according to the municipal code, cannot be stored anywhere on private property unless they are screened from view or enclosed in a structure. They can be in view if associated with a permitted or licensed auto repair business.

Garbage

Disposal bins can be placed in the public street to accomodate trash removal up to 24 hours. The bins cannot be placed on the sidewalk.

Garbage cans must be stored in areas that are not visible from the street.

Trash can lids must be used to minimize odors and prevent the spread of trash in other areas.

Trees

The city passed an ordinance requiring residents to remove trees that are dead, broken, diseased, infested by insects, or that are otherwise a danger to public safety from private property.

A tree is considered a danger if it impacts the well-being of other plants or causes a potential hazard to people and property.

A tree is considered a nuisance if it is close enough to damage persons or property if it were to fall. Aesthetic concerns alone will not constitute a nuisance.

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