Citizen Engagement & Involvement

The Metro District values and encourages citizen engagement and involvement. There are a variety of ways, described below, to get more involved in your local government. If you have questions about ways to get involved, please contact our staff at

Board Study Sessions & Meetings

Residents are encouraged to attend monthly board study sessions and meetings. The monthly meeting schedule, as well as meeting agendas and minutes, are available here.

Director Elections

The Metro District’s Board of Director elections are held in May of even-numbered years until 2023, when special district elections change to odd-numbered years. Registered voters who live in or own property in the Highlands Ranch Metro District may vote in these elections.  They may vote for candidates in any region regardless of the region in which they live or own property. To be eligible to run for an open seat you must reside within the region open for election.

Click here to learn more about elections.

Highlands Ranch Citizens Academy

The Highlands Ranch Citizens Academy, established by the Highlands Ranch Metro District in 2020, aims to build the civic capacity of Highlands Ranch residents. This seven-session course exposes participants to key topics and issues in Highlands Ranch and introduces opportunities for civic involvement.

These topics include the role of local government, local services including parks, recreation and open space, public works, water and wastewater, public safety – and related topics including financial stability, the history of Highlands Ranch and community partnerships. Information is also provided about local leadership from and services provided by the Highlands Ranch Community Association and fellow local community partners.

Each three-hour session focuses on a different topic and consists of engaging presentations and Q&A sessions with local subject matter experts and fellow academy participants. The academy provides a great opportunity to learn more about our unique government structure and community service providers while networking with local leaders.

Participant Criteria:

  • Must be a Highlands Ranch resident.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Willing to commit to attending eight evening sessions in January and February 2021. This includes an evening graduation reception and event.
  • Participants are expected to display professional courtesy and respectful conduct to promote a positive experience for all.
  • Class size is limited.

Benefits of Participation

  • You will learn about the local government and service providers in Highlands Ranch and how it impacts your daily life.
  • Networking opportunities – meet fellow civic minded residents, local government staff and elected officials.
  • You will learn about opportunities to become more involved in your community.
  • Participants who attend all seven sessions will receive recognition at a Metro District board meeting.

There is no cost to participate. This program is funded by the Highlands Ranch Metro District and its community partners.

Information and applications for the 2021 program will be available here in the fall of 2020.

In the photo to the right, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock speaks to participants about public safety in Highlands Ranch. 



The photo to the left shows participants touring the Recreation Center at Eastridge during the session when they learned about the HRCA’s roles and responsibilities in our community. 

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