June 2012                                                          

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Photograph from the top of Fremont Pass near the Climax Mine.   
Governor Hickenlooper announced that the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance grant program will provide $20 million to local governments throughout Colorado as early as February 2013.  "The Energy Impact program is a vital financial resource to help address the impacts of energy and mineral production on local communities across Colorado" Hickenlooper said.  "These funds repair and build roads, improve public facilities, build and restore water and sewer systems and help bolster the capacity of local governments."


DOLA administers the Energy Impact Assistance Fund (EIAF), created by the general assembly in 1977.  Applications will be available online on August 1st, 2012.  For more information on this program, please visit the Energy Impact Assistance Fund section of the DOLA website, or contact your DOLA regional manager.  



Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S. 24-30-1301 to 1307) require all new facilities, additions, and renovation projects funded with 25% or more of state funds to conform with the High Performance Certification Program (HPCP) policy adopted by the Office of the State Architect (OSA) if: 

  • The new facility, addition, or renovation project contains 5,000 or more building square feet; and
  • The project includes an HVAC system; and
  • In the case of a renovation project, the cost of the renovation exceeds 25% of the current value of the property.
  • Project has NOT entered the design phase prior to January 1, 2008.

The HPCP requires projects achieve the highest possible LEED certification with the goal being LEED Gold.  Projects funded through DOLA are required to participate in the OSA's registration and tracking process.  Forms must be submitted to DOLA.  Please contact Tareq Wafaie or your regional manager with any questions.

Help the Community Development Office give a warm welcome to KC McFerson, who joined us on May 17, 2012 as our summer intern. KC is a student at the University of Oregon, earning both a law degree and a master's in community and regional planning.  She has worked on community and economic development programs in developing countries and is excited to move to Colorado upon graduation.  KC enjoys rollerblading, dogs, and the outdoor-oriented Colorado lifestyle.


JUST WRAPPED UP A PROJECT?  ADOPTED A NEW PLAN?  The Community Development Office is continuously building its online resource library.  The resource library offers sample plans, policies, regulations, publications and handouts, and useful links in an effort to reduce research time and provide a tool for comparison. We encourage you to visit the resource library and submit your sample plans to the CDO team in digital format.  Your contributions make this tool stronger!
Upcoming Events 

For more upcoming events information, please visit our partners' calendars:


APA Colorado upcoming events page

DCI community calendar


For more opportunities, please visit:

APA Colorado's jobs page

Planetizen's jobs page

CCI's job board

CML's CareerLink


Want to include an opportunity in our next listserv?  Email Tareq Wafaie


News, Funding, and Other Announcements 
About the Community Development Office (CDO)
Our Smart Growth and Main Street team is made up of community development specialists with expertise in land use and economic development.  We are always available to assist Colorado local governments with related issues.

Marc Cittone, AICP, Main Street Specialist
Andy Hill, CDO Director
Stephanie Troller, Main Street Coordinator
Tareq Wafaie, AICP, Community Development Specialist - Land Use 

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