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5 projects in 5 years logoCommerce City's Capital Improvement Projects are one-time projects that generally consist of building improvements in excess of $100,000 or public infrastructure improvements in excess of $10,000. These projects are approved annually by city council.

Typically, capital improvement projects - known as CIP - are funded through sources outside of the general fund. Over the last decade, the value of the city's CIP program ranged from $3 million $5 million annually.

In 2011, Commerce City identified more than $1 billion in capital improvements ranging from parks to roads that would be necessary over the next 25 years to meet the needs of a growing community. But it's not just about building projects; operating and taking care of community assets is part of the CIP program too.

Five Projects. Five Years. One Penny.
In 2013, Commerce City’s voters approved a 1% sales and use tax increase for new parks, recreation and road projects. The ballot measure was a result of a two-year, community-driven process to identify how to implement programs and services that address growing population needs, achieve vision and build a better Commerce City.

Program Goals
Through participation from residents, businesses and city council, the City’s vision of a Quality Community for a Lifetime can be realized with improved mobility, greater access and increased recreational opportunities. The city is committed to completing the first five projects by Jan. 1, 2019 and achieving the following goals:
  • Build high quality facilities to lower their long-term maintenance costs
  • Spend taxpayer dollars wisely and transparently
  • Complete projects on time

Program Approach
The City has adopted a "phases and gates" model to implementing all CIP projects and communicating their status. This approach provides a common language for employees, contractors and the public.
Phases and Gates Model