Uplands is investing millions of dollars up front for utility system upgrades, roadway improvements, street safety measures, and to address pre-existing stormwater/flooding issues on Shaw Boulevard. These items, along with the installation of miles of pedestrian and biking connections, don’t cost the City or existing residents anything — even though both groups will benefit from these improvements.
These collective public infrastructure obligations will require Uplands to seek approval for a Metropolitan District to cover a portion of those costs, as contemplated by the City’s Metropolitan District policies for traditional mixed use neighborhood communities (e.g. Bradburn). The City’s policy regarding Metropolitan Districts is to approve them only after an Official Development Plan (ODP) has been approved. At this time, no Metropolitan District documents for Uplands are scheduled for hearings/approvals because the ODP is still pending.