Please view amenity frequently asked questions about Barefoot Lakes, The Cove, community trails and parks on the Amenity FAQs page.

Many answers to your questions can be found here. Please note, you must be a registered user and logged in to view detailed information about The Cove programming, reservations, and access card information.

The Fee Schedule, Frequently Asked Questions, and access to your online account can be found on the Payments page.

Trash removal service is not provided by the Districts or included in the Districts’ general operations fee paid by owners. The preferred Trash Removal provider is Waste Connections out of Erie Colorado who will be offering special discounts to residents of the District. Having one Trash Removal provider will also eliminate heavy truck traffic in the neighborhood on different days causing wear and tear on streets and eliminating trash cans sitting out on the curb several different days during the week. Waste Connections pick-up day is Wednesday. Contact Waste Connections to set up trash services by contacting them at:

Waste Connections (303) 288-2100

Approval by the ARC is required pursuant to the Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Barefoot Lakes and Residential Improvement Guidelines and Site Restrictions for Barefoot Lakes. To be considered by the ARC a Design Review Request Form must be submitted online or mailed to St. Vrain Lakes Metropolitan District Nos. 1-4 (collectively, the “District”). The ARC will review each request for architectural or landscape approval and approve and/or disapprove in writing each such request (which may be with conditions and/or requirements) within sixty (60) days after the ARC receives the Design Review Request Form and complete Plans and Specifications. More information regarding the ARC process, design guidelines, and the Design Review Request Form can be found in the Design Review section of this website.

The Residential Improvement Guidelines and Site Restrictions (the “Guidelines”) are intended to assist Owners living in the Barefoot Lakes Community (the “Community”) in implementing landscaping and other Improvements to their property. The Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Barefoot Lakes (the “Covenants”) require that prior approval from the Architectural Review Committee (the “ARC”), be granted before the construction, erection, placement, alteration, planting, application, installation or modification of any Improvement upon any Lot shall be made after the initial construction of the home on the Lot. In order to assist Owners, the ARC desires to establish certain pre-approved designs for several types of Improvements and to exempt certain Improvements from the requirement for approval. The full Guidelines and the Landscape Guideline booklet containing the guidelines established by the ARC can be found at:

Please review the Homeowner Landscape Guidelines, under the Design Review tab on the website for further fence installation specification and maintenance details. All fences constructed on a lot by the builder, developer, or owner shall be maintained, repaired, and replaced by the owner of such lot.

High Plains Environmental Center is contracted by St. Vrain Lakes Metropolitan District No. 1 to assist in the establishment and ongoing management of Barefoot Lakes service areas native landscaped areas. Please view more information at the following links:

Native Area Management Presentation
Natural Areas Management Plan

Please contact the District Management Team by submitting an online form.

The District was formed for the purpose of providing public infrastructure and improvements needed to serve the Community. The developer understood that the Town of Firestone did not consider it feasible or practicable to provide services and there were not any other entities in existence which had the ability and/or desire to undertake the design, financing, construction, and operation and maintenance of the improvements which were needed for the Community to be developed and sustained.

Improvements or public infrastructure such as water main lines, wastewater main lines, streets, storm water facilities and landscape improvements were built within the Community to allow/accommodate the homes to be constructed in the Community. Some of the new public infrastructure will be dedicated to the Town of Firestone for perpetual ownership and maintenance. The other improvements will remain the responsibility of the District to operate and maintain.

A portion of property taxes are paid to the District for repayment of debt for costs associated with the public infrastructure projects, and a portion are paid towards the ongoing maintenance of the public infrastructure owned and maintained by the District.

The District is largely funded through the same mechanism as the local Town, County, School, Fire and Library Districts. That is, through the process of assessing mill levies on the assessed property values within its boundaries, it collects “property taxes.”

There are several pieces to the collection of property taxes. 1) The allowable mill levy is based on the mill levy guidelines stated in the Service Plan approved by the Town of Firestone and the mill levy needed to fund voter-approved spending. The assessment rate or percentage at which the property is assessed is a factor, as the Colorado Legislature may adjust the assessment rate from time to time. 2) The mill levy is determined by calculating the District’s funding needs for operation and debt service.

The total 65 mills is broken down into two funds for the District, 55 mills is dedicated to the debt service fund paying on bonds issued in 2017 that have financed the public infrastructure in St. Vrain Lakes Metropolitan District No. 2. The remaining 10 mills goes towards operations of the public assets.

The District adjusts the mills levied to account for the reduction in the RAR, but only to collect the same revenue if the RAR was kept at the rate when the mill levy cap was approved which was 7.96%.

To view the full calculation breakdown since 2016 please view more information here

To view the Building a Better Colorado Understanding Your Property Taxes click here

Want to learn more about metropolitan districts in general?

To view the Metro District Education Coalition Information click here

To view the Department of Local Government Information System click here

Below you'll find links to external Special District Education resources. We're also happy to assist you with any questions you may have. You can contact us by visiting the contact us page on the top of the screen.

Special District Education Coalition

About Metro Districts

Living in a Metro District


Required Notice Pursuant to House Bill 23-1105 – Metropolitan District Homeowners’ Rights Task Force

House Bill 23-1105 created the HOA and Metropolitan District Homeowners’ Rights Task Forces to examine certain matters in communities that are governed by these entities.  The Metropolitan District Homeowners’ Rights Task Force will review, among other matters, tax levying authority and practices, foreclosure practices, communications with homeowners and governance policies. A requirement of the new law is that we notify you of the creation and existence of the Metropolitan District Homeowners’ Rights Task Force prior to its first meeting.  If you have any questions about the Metropolitan District Homeowners’ Rights Task Force, please reach out to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies or visit their website at