The Aurora Highlands Community Authority Board (CAB) is a Metro District that was established in 2019 [as a result of… an approved service plan by the city? Or was this the result of an action by AACMD?] Its purpose is to own, operate, manage, and maintain the various properties and common areas throughout the community.
There are six Districts that are part of the CAB and help manage different aspects, somewhat like departments of a local government. The one with the greatest responsibility is the Aerotropolis Area Coordinating Metropolitan District (AACMD), which serves to finance the construction of public improvements – such as roads, water and sewer infrastructure, sidewalks and trails, parks, the recreation center, etc. – that will benefit all the residents in this community.
Simply stated, the AACMD collects a portion of property taxes homeowners pay (via a mill levy that is typically funded through the escrow on their mortgage) and the CAB manages the community’s common areas and operations on a daily basis.
Timeline of Metro Districts in Aurora Highlands
2019 – The CAB was authorized by the City of Aurora, long before any homes were built in Aurora Highlands, to oversee common areas throughout the community
[DATE] – The CAB established three smaller districts within Aurora Highlands. These are referred to as Metropolitan Districts Nos. 1 – 3. As the community grows, more of these smaller “neighborhood” districts will be added.
They oversee smaller geographic areas of the community and are intended to give residents, who sit on those Boards, more control over proximate public amenities, design review, and covenant enforcement.
[DATE] – AACMD also established two Districts called ATEC Nos. 1 & 2 that oversee the planning, design, financing, and maintenance of the commercial and retail areas of the Aurora Highlands.
2020 – The Board of Directors for both CAB and AACMD were expanded to seven members from five.
2022 – CAB organizational structure was amended to form additional smaller Districts, Metropolitan Districts Nos. 4 – 6 to prepare for the buildout of additional residential areas.
Board of Directors
Because Metro Districts are approved by the city before any residents move in, it’s typical that the Board of Directors is made up of stakeholders – which could include developer and builder representatives, for example.
In this case, Matt Hopper serves as the Board Chairperson. But he’s not a volunteer. Matt is a full-time employee, who works on site every day to oversee property management, works with the builders, and coordinates with the city and other organizations serving Aurora Highlands to ensure a pleasant experience for residents.
You can find more information on Matt and the other Board members here.
What are Metro Districts?
Think of Metro Districts as hybrids between small local governments and HOAs. They operate under a legal structure authorized by the Colorado General Assembly that’s been in place for more than 70 years.
They are common in large, master planned communities – like Aurora Highlands – with multiple builders, new infrastructure, vast public amenities, and commercial and retail space. In fact, there are over 1,500 Metro Districts in Colorado.
They are typically established by a community developer to oversee the buildout and maintenance, ensuring all infrastructure is in place and operating to support residential homes and business operations.
They are managed by a Board of Directors and governed by a set of bylaws. They are able to assess property taxes of the residents who live in the defined district to help pay for public amenities – such as roads, water and sewer infrastructure, sidewalks and trails, parks, recreation centers, pools, etc. that everyone benefits from.
What do I pay to the Aurora Highlands metro districts?
In December 2021, the AACMD Board of Directors authorized a mill levy of 78.486. Find out what that means to you on our Property Taxes page.