Cimarron Metropolitan District

Sustainability Program Guidelines 

The Candelas Sustainable Development Program provides a comprehensive approach for sustainable community development for the benefit of present and future generations. The Program presents a balanced model to meet environmental, social, and economic needs of the community while accommodating the financial commitments and realities of the development environment. The policies, guidelines, and standards of the Program provide a wide range of activities that are reinforced by complementary sustainable design features included in the Candelas Residential Design Guidelines. Click below for more information on the Sustainable Development Program.

 

Please email all applications to ltinajera@ccmcnet.com or mail to:

Candelas

9371 McIntyre Street Arvada, CO  80007

Attn:  Lee Tinajera

Sustainability Homeowner Grant Process

  1.  Homeowner submits an application for QRES Distribution to the District staff via e-mail.The application must include appropriate background information, fully executed contracts and/or receipts, and proof the work was completed.
  2.  District staff uploads the application into the Smartwebs portal.
    • If the property has already received a QRES rebate (to Homebuilder) or grant (to Owner), the application is immediately declined, and District staff will notify the Homeowner. [see VI.(6.3) 1]
    • If the property is eligible for a rebate or distribution, the application is made available to the Candelas Sustainability Committee (CSC) for review. 
  3.  CSC review the application in the portal. The review may be done on an ad-hoc basis in between meetings or during the next CSC meeting. A majority (quorum) of the total number of CSC members is required for action.
    • If 'Approved', the application is forwarded to the Trustee. [See VI.(6.2). (a). (ii). (A) 1
    • If 'Declined', District staff will notify the Homeowner. The Homeowner will be invited  to submit another application subject to the same process as before. [See VI.(6.2). (a). (ii)1]
    • If 'More Info Needed', District staff will notify the Homeowner, process any additional information in the portal, and notify the CSC when the revised application is available for review.
  4. Trustee reviews the recommendation from the CSC. If approved, District staff will notify the Owner.
  5. District staff will update the portal to indicate the lot is no longer eligible for a QRES Distribution

 1     Referenced section is in the Declaration of Trust for the Candelas Sustainability Trust

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Candelas Sustainability Committee

What is the Candelas Sustainability Trust?

The Candelas Sustainability Trust (“Trust”) was established in 2011 by a Declaration of Trust (“Declaration”) to facilitate and encourage education and implementation of sustainable community development in Candelas in accordance with the provisions of certain Protective Covenants and Easements (“Covenants”) and the Sustainability Development Program (“SDP”).  The Trust was created to provide a flexible, future funding source specifically for residential renewable energy systems installation and related educational and community programs relating to sustainability.

Who manages the Trust?

The Trust is administered by the Candelas Special Improvement District No. 1 (the “Trustee”). The Trustee receives recommendations from the Candelas Sustainability Committee (“CSC”).

What is the purpose of the Candelas Sustainability Committee? Why am I just hearing about it now?

The Declaration provides for rebates and distributions from the Trust to be made to homebuilders and homeowners who install qualified residential energy system improvements (“QRES Improvements”) into homes located in Candelas, and also provides for funding of sustainability programs (“Qualified Community-Wide Sustainability Programs”).

The CSC establishes the rules and procedures related to 1) the definitions of QRES Improvements and Qualified Community-Wide Sustainability Programs and 2) applications for and disbursement of rebates, distributions, and funding from the Trustee.

Determinations of whether a particular improvement (whether made by a homebuilder or a homeowner) is a QRES Improvement will be in the discretion of the Sustainability Committee according to the guidelines set forth in Exhibit A of the Declaration. These guidelines may be amended by the Committee. 

The Community-Wide Sustainability Programs are programs which satisfy the guidelines set forth in Exhibit B of the Declaration. These guidelines may be amended by the Committee. 

No QRES distributions were allowed until 800 certificates of occupancy were issued by the City of Arvada for homes within Candelas.

Who is on the CSC?

The CSC is made up of five (5) homeowners.  


How is the Trust funded?

Each homebuilder is required to pay a contribution to the Trust in connection with the purchase of a lot (“Sustainability Contribution”), which is due when the homebuilder obtains a building permit for such lot. The Sustainability Contribution amounts are:

  1. Single-family detached: $3,000
  2. Single-family attached: $1,500
  3. Multi-family attached: $1,000

From this Sustainability Contribution, 75% goes to the QRES account, used for funding rebates and distributions, and 25% goes to the administrative account, which is used for Qualified Community-Wide Sustainability Programs.

What are the rebates and distributions for and how much are they?

Rebates (for homebuilders) and distributions (for homeowners) may go towards qualified QRES Improvements to encourage sustainability on a PER LOT basis. Rebates or distributions are granted once per lot, for the lifetime of the lot, regardless of ownership. Rebates are the lesser of 65% of the Sustainability Contribution (as defined above) or actual out-of-pocket costs by the homebuilder. Distributions are the lesser of actual out-of-pocket costs by the homeowner or the homeowner’s pro-rata share of the QRES account. The pro-rata share is the amount of available funds in the QRES account divided by the number of eligible homeowners at the time.

What is a qualified QRES Improvement?

Initially, all the rebates and distributions have been for rooftop solar installations. However, we suggest you review Exhibit A of the Declaration for a more comprehensive list.

How do I know if my homebuilder already claimed the rebate for my lot?

Contact Lee Tinajera at ltinajera@ccmcnet.com.

What if the QRES Improvement I am considering is not listed on Exhibit A of the Declaration?

We encourage you to submit a pre-application to Lee Tinajera at ltinajera@ccmcnet.com for the CSC to consider.

Are QRES Improvements that the builder installed when we purchased our home eligible?

No. The Declaration explicitly states that homeowners are not eligible for a QRES distribution in connection with QRES Improvements installed by a homebuilder.

How do I apply?

Please see the process on this webpage.

What is the Administrative Account for?

The administrative account will be used to fund Qualified Community-Wide Sustainability Programs, as well as any administrative tasks that are necessary (e.g. legal consultations). Exhibit B of the Declaration lists some guidelines for sustainability programs; however, the CSC will ask the community for more ideas as the program evolves.

How do I suggest a project to the CSC?

We are always interested in hearing from our neighbors. Please send your ideas to Traci McDonald @ ccmcnet.com.

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This information has been prepared by the District to provide property owners with general information and to answer questions regarding the Sustainability Committee.  This information is intended to provide an overview and does not purport to be comprehensive or definitive.  You are encouraged to independently confirm the accuracy and completeness of all statements contained herein.

Additional questions can be answered by the District Manager, Traci McDonald.  You may contact her at 720-625-8080 or tmcdonald@ccmcnet.com.




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