Foxridge ImageThe FoxRidge General Improvement District (FGID) was formed by the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners in 1990 to maintain certain public improvements within specific boundaries of the FoxRidge neighborhood. 

Pursuant to Arapahoe County Resolution No. 1576-90, the FGID is “authorized to construct, install, acquire, repair, replace and maintain fencing, sprinkler systems, trees, shrubs, sidewalks, grass, decorative stones, entrance markers, benches, lighting systems and general landscaping items…” 

The FGID is a separate entity from the FoxRidge Improvement Association.  Since its formation, the FGID has primarily maintained certain landscaping, monument signs and fencing within its boundaries.  Most of the fence maintained by the FGID was installed by the developer(s) after the initial housing was constructed with no specific plan for maintenance or replacement. 

FGID Fences

The FGID fence, which generally runs along the arterial and collector roadways in and along the FGID boundaries, has been maintained by the FGID since its formation.  Despite being formed for fence maintenance purposes, the FGID was not granted the property rights needed to conduct maintenance work on all portions of the fence, which in some locations is location on private property.  

City Staff presented information to the FGID Board of Directors concerning the neighborhood’s proposal for the replacement of the FGID fence.  During the ensuing discussion, the FGID Board of Directors recognized that FGID’s legal authority to maintain or reconstruct the fence in certain areas was in doubt and halted further maintenance activities until the FGID could determine whether the fence was located in public right-of-way (ROW) or on private property. 

The FGID completed a fence location assessment to help resolve that question.  The the assessment shows that nearly ninety-five percent of the fence is located in City ROW.   Even though a significant amount of FGID fence is located in the City ROW, there remain certain maintenance limitations.  The difference between fence located in City ROW and fence located on private property is summarized below:

FGID fence in the City ROW

  • The FGID is able to claim ownership of the fences
  • The FGID is able to maintain the exterior
  • The FGID cannot maintain the interior of the fence or replace it without an easement due to the need for a contractor to enter various homeowners’ private property. 

RGID fence on private property

  • The FGID cannot claim ownership of the fences
  • It would require a bill of sale for the FGID to attain ownership
  • The FGID does not have the authority to provide any type of maintenance work on those fences (interior or exterior)
  • The FGID would need an easement to do any interior or exterior maintenance

The City and FGID are currently working with the property owners to obtain ownership of the GID fence segments along with easements for construction and maintenance purposes.

FGID Questionnaire Results

In March 2019, the City conducted an online questionnaire to gain feedback from FGID residents 355 households responded. The results are below.

Question 1: Are you willing to pay for a fence replacement?

Yes: 261      No: 91     No response: 3

Question 2: Which material do you prefer?

Trex: 181        Cedar: 92     No response: 79

53 homeowners with a GID fence located on or adjacent to their property responded to the questionnaire. Forty-nine of them responded 'yes' to their willingness to help pay for a fence., while two said 'no' and two had 'no response.' In response to question 2, twenty-nine homeowners voted for Trex, while 16 voted in favor of cedar. Eight people had no response to question 2.

Next Steps

City staff is scheduled to present project updates to the Board of Directors on June 3 and potential ballot language on July 15. As these dates are subject to change, please check the Council Agenda page on the City website to confirm.

Foxridge GID Representatives 

The FGID representatives are Martha Riley and Ed Bain. They can be reached at foxridge.gid.reps@gmail.com

Contact for Further Information

For more information, please email GID@centennialco.gov


Frequently Asked Questions

What does an easement entail?

An easement gives a person or entity a legal right to use someone else’s land.  For example, as provided on most of the plats in the Foxridge neighborhood, there is an easement for gas pipelines that is six feet in width on each private lot running along the public right-of-way. In this case, an easement would give the Foxridge General Improvement District the right to enter a portion of a property owner’s lot for purposes including fence maintenance, replacement and repair. 

What benefits will I receive by signing an easement?

The easement will allow the FGID to maintain a portion of the fence on the property.

Will I receive any compensation for signing the easement?

Each property owner will receive a one-time payment of $10.00 as consideration for conveying the easement to the FGID.

What if I don’t want to sign it?

If a homeowner with FGID fencing on their private property does not want to sign the easement, the FGID unfortunately will be unable to maintain, replace or repair that portion of the fence as it will not legally be allowed work on the fence.

Am I giving up a portion of my property interest by signing the easement?

Yes, the City (FGID) will acquire a limited property interest to locate and protect the fence, and to access a portion of the property for fence related construction or maintenance purposes.

If I sign the easement document, does that mean the fence replacement project will move forward?

At this point, the FGID Board of Directors has not given direction to replace the FGID fence.


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