Pancake breakfast
Arapahoe Citizens for Self-Determination founded


Petition filed with District Court for election regarding incorporation.


District Court rules petition invalid

December 12

Petition corrected and 2,500 signatures collected in 6 hours

February 1

HB 99-1099 signed by Governor Owens to give priority of petitions for incorporation of large municipalities to take priority over smaller municipalities’ annexations

April 8

District Court found the Centennial Petition to be valid and to take priority over competing annexation proposals and  ordered an election on whether Centennial should be incorporated.
Interveners in the District Court case appealed the ruling.

May 3

Colorado Supreme Court hears oral arguments.

July 21

Colorado Supreme Court issues decision that an election should be held to decide incorporation of Centennial.

September 12

Incorporation election. Voters decide the incorporate the City of Centennial, with 77% of voters in favor.

  • City Seal and Official Map adopted.
February 6

First officers of City of Centennial government elected to serve until November election.

February 7

City of Centennial established.

  • Chapparal and Willow Creek parcel annexed
  • Cherry Creek Centre, Saddle Rock Ranches and the Arapahoe Lima Dealership annexed
  • Position and duties of City Manager established.
  • City Council adopts first Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct.
  • Centennial partners on the acquisition of the Bow Tie open space
  • Centennial Youth Commission established
  • Walmart property annexed
  • Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority “ACWWA”​ property annexed 
  • Centennial Municipal Court established
November 4

1% dedicated Sales and Use tax increase approved by the voters

  • Centennial Comprehensive Plan adopted
  • Broncos Parkway Bridge opened
  • Centennial Liquor Licensing Authority was established
  • Centennial ranked 25th Safest City (population over 75,000) in nation by Morgan Quitno Press
  • Southeast Light Rail Line opened
  • Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA) formed
  • Vermilion Creek and Tagawa Gardens properties annexed
  • Comcast property on East Dry Creek annexed
  • Our Voice, Our Vision: Centennial 2030 report issued
  • City purchased property at 13133 E. Arapahoe Rd. for new Civic Center and park
  • City approved master plan for Parks, Trails, Recreation and Open Space
  • Greenfield property annexed
June 10

Voters approve Home Rule Charter. Centennial becomes a Home Rule City

  • Fremont, Estancia, Chapel Hill, Piney Creek Village and Arapahoe High School properties annexed
  • Election Commission, Audit Committee, Budget Committee and Investment Committee established as required by Home Rule Charter
  • The Streets at SouthGlenn opened
  • Centennial partners with Parker Jordan Metro District to acquire 80 acres of open space along Cherry Creek
  • New Land Development Code adopted


  • Colorado’s first IKEA opened
  • Senior Commission established
  • Celebrate Centennial’s 10 year anniversary of incorporation
  • Creation of the City’s Home Improvement Program (HIP)
  • Groundbreaking of Centennial Center Park
  • Opening of the Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space
  • Opening of the Centennial Link Trail
  • Centennial Promenade property annexed 
  • TABOR Ballot Measure 2D allowing the City of Centennial to retain and spend City revenues from any and all funding sources that currently or will exist passed with 76% of voters approving the measure
  • Centennial Center Park officially opens - April 27
  • Innovation Pavilion opens
  • Acquisition of the Eagle Street Facility
  • Hosted a Welcome Home Celebration at Centennial Center Park recognizing Colorado Olympians including resident Missy Franklin
  • Completed the City’s first roundabout at Peakview Rd. and Peoria
  • Money Magazine named Centennial 47th Best Place to Live
  • Easter-Lima and Windmill Creek properties annexed
  • Centennial Center Park wins DRCOG's Live, Work Play People's Choice Award
  • Ballot Measure 2G to restore the City’s right and ability to leverage existing fiber optic infrastructure passed with 76% of voters approving the measure. 
  • Neighborhood Park Grant Program initiated
  • Centennial Promenade (#2), Piney Creek Hollow Park, Indian Hills Elementary and Centennial East Corporate Center (#1 and #2)  properties annexed
December 19

Eagle Street Facility officially opens to house Centennial Public Works, Animal Services, Code Compliance and the 24/7 Citizen Response Center

  • Inaugural Centennial 101 Citizen's Academy class offered to residents
  • Centennial Center Park amphitheater enhancements complete
  • Final link to Centennial Link Trail complete
  • Centennial Center Park receives 5280's Best Playground in the "Top of the Town" issue
  • USA Today ranks Centennial #26 in 50 Best Places to Live
  • Money Magazine ranks Centennial #13 of 50 Best Places to Live in America
  • Centennial City Council has approved a $100,000 exemption for the City’s share of the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT)
  • Centennial East Corporate Center (#3 and #4), Signature at Dry Creek and Dry Creek Corporate Center (#1-3) properties annexed
  • Centennial becomes one of the 32 inaugural partner cities in national broadband initiative 
  • Centennial awarded Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Grant
  • The Jones District breaks ground
  • City purchases its first Arctic Shark
  • USA Today names Centennial #4 Best Place to Live in America
  • Topgolf opens first Colorado location
  • Launched Explore Centennial Online Business Directory
  • Centennial Youth Commission initiated Teen Court
  • Centennial Promenade (#3), Panorama Corporate Center, Jordan Road (#1-2) properties annexed  


  • Go Centennial | Centennial partners with Lyft and Xerox to provide commuters free rides to and from Dry Creek Light Rail Station
  • Centennial joins Transportation for America’s Smart Cities Collaborative to tackle urban mobility challenges
  • City Council approves Fiber Master Plan
  • Arapahoe Road – Waco to Himalaya Widening Project Completed
  • Adopted new Coyote Management Plan
  • Purchased 5 new snow plows
  • Briarwood property annexed 
  • Centennial’s Public Works Department became the 119th accredited public works agency, and the first public-private partnership public works agency in the U.S. by APWA
  • Established FiberWorks and the Fiber Commission
  • Mayor Stephanie Piko takes office
  • Centennial NEXT comprehensive plan approved
  • Centennial Fiber Network completed
  • Intelligent Transportation System installed

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