Lakewood Ward boundaries change, Belmar Entertainment District
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Lakewood Ward boundaries change
Ward boundaries within Lakewood are what determine which Council member represents who within the city — there are five wards — and the Council discussed how to change those boundaries Oct. 24.
After every federal census, boundaries for congressional offices, state house and senate districts are re-established. The Colorado Supreme Court approved a redistricting plan in Nov. of 2021, and the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder’s Office altered the county’s general election precincts in response.
Because of these county changes, City Council was presented three options to match county precinct boundaries to ward boundaries. Council could not agree on one option, but narrowed it down to two. The main concerns were moving the least amount of people into another ward, and creating boundaries that were regular and even.
The two remaining options will be further prepared by City Clerk’s and voted on after a second public hearing process in the near future.
Belmar Entertainment District
Lakewood City Council approved the creation of the first entertainment district within the city on Oct. 24. The district covers about 30 acres, cornered by South Wadsworth Blvd and W Alameda Ave, and includes Century Theaters, Whole Foods and multiple other businesses.
Council approved the ability to create these districts earlier in the year, with Belmar being the first to apply. The district can now form a promotional association and vie for a common consumption area within it — an area where people can eat and consume alcohol. This area would be significantly smaller than the district itself.
Every business in the district is not required to be part of the promotional association, and according to the City Planning Director Travis Parker, it “could result in an increase in sales tax revenues.”
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