December 2022 Newsletter

December Newsletter
Community Events
2022 Wheatlands Great Light Fight Rules/Guidelines

If you consider yourself a holiday fanatic or if you just like making the holidays extra special for the kids, please join Wheatlands Metro District Great Holiday Light Fight!!!
The Great Holiday Light Fight is a residential holiday decorating competition. Submit photos of your home all lit up, and fans of Wheatlands will decide who has the best setup. 
  • How to win: The top three contestants with the most likes, and unique shares on our Facebook page will win! Make sure to tell your friends to share, comment, and or like your home’s post to vote! To join our page, click the like button at:
  • Rules: Photos must be taken during the night so that your lights can shine extra bright! This contest is for residential homes within the Wheatlands Metro District.  The Voting takes place on Wheatlands Metro Districts Facebook Page. The post with the most Shares + Likes will win!
  • Prizes: Our prizes will be:
  • 1st Place: $100 
  • 2nd Place: $75 
  • 3rd Place: $50            
  • Deadlines: Deadline to register is December 15th, 2022. Wheatlands Metro District will post each entry separately on our page to begin the voting. Voting ends on December 25th. Results will be posted on New Year’s Day!

Join the battle! Sign up and send us your decorated home!
As part of the Great Holiday Light Fight, all entries must include at least one photo of your home decorated and up to 5 total photos.   Please include in your email to [email protected] the name of your display, your first and last name and your home’s address. Please indicate if you would like to share your address on the Facebook entry so neighbors can view your home in person or if you prefer to keep it private.  Thanks for participating!
We can’t wait to see all those decorated homes!!  #WheatlandsLightFight
A very special thank you to Jen and Mike Cronk and Rebecca Joyner 1320 Homes Real Estate – Your Race Team of Real Estate Experts for sponsoring the hot beverage tent and providing complimentary hot drinks for the Stories with Santa event coming up in December!
Upcoming Community Events
Enter Wheatlands in the search bar on the left-hand side of the page
and then click on Wheatlands Beer Tasting to register
For the month of February, there will be no rentals or social events at the clubhouse due to a kitchen and bathroom renovation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but this renovation is to continue to make improvements to the clubhouse and the community. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Wheatland’s Bunco Night is back!

Saturday, March 11th at 6pm
Wheatlands Clubhouse

Stay tuned, more details coming soon!
Want to advertise your business and help your community have amazing social events?

Become a sponsor at our social events next year.

We are in the planning process for next year’s social events and we are always looking for sponsors to help with the events.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please click on the link below to download the form. Fill it out and email it and any questions to [email protected]
Community Event Recap
The Clueless Murder Mystery Night was a huge success. Thirty people signed up and attended the event. Everyone came dressed up and ready to act out their characters. There was lots of great acting, some funny accents, tons of laughs, great food and drinks. The decorations really set the stage for the evening as well. It was a fun night of clues, chaos and murder. And 8 of the 30 people that attended, guessed the correct murderer and won prizes!
Community Information
Landscape maintenance:
Cox has been preparing the district landscaping for the winter. The trees have been wrapped according to our arborist’s standards. Water bags are on trees that were recently planted and that need extra water. Cox has been partnering with Richdell and looking at irrigation at the park and get the wiring redone from the park project. All the irrigation is in and running for Phase II of the park and now winterized. The park bathroom is still open, but the water fountain has been winterized. Cox will be running snow removal for the district and to view their snow removal map as well as the City of Aurora snow removal information visit the district map section of our website at:

Park Phase II:

Over-all Park:
Irrigation system installation is almost complete. Light poles have been installed. The base covers that the manufacturer included with the light poles are square, rather than round as specified and detailed in the submittal. Richdell and their electrician are working with the manufacturer to resolve this and get round base covers.

North End of Park:
Crusher fines installation has been progressing and will be finished this week. Masonry veneer is complete, but no caps have been installed yet. Fine grading and overall site cleanup were in progress. Engineered wood fiber installed in the hammock area

South End of Park:
Masonry veneer installation is complete on the seat walls near the courts. The wall caps have not yet been installed. Prior to mulch being put in the planting beds, excess mortar and dust from veneer reinstallation needs to be cleaned up in planting beds. Basketball courts have been striped. Late spring/early summer 2023, the courts will be surfaced with acrylic surfacing to address the poor court finish. The courts were striped so they can be used until the acrylic surfacing installation occurs. All trees, shrubs and perennials have been installed. In reviewing the installed shrubs and perennials, it appeared some of the plants were not planted deep enough. Ensure shrubs and perennials have sufficient soil cover over root balls. 

The substantial completion walk is rescheduled for Thursday, November 17. Richdell will check in with Architerra early-mid week next week to confirm they are ready for the substantial completion walk.

Urban Soccer Field:
This project is taking longer than originally expected as we have hit a few roadblocks along the way. We are still working with the Urban Soccer Field representative to create the fields, which will be shipped to us and built onsite. We have been waiting on documents from Elevation consulting regarding the slope of the land so we can go out to bid and begin moving dirt to prepare the land for the new turf fields. More to come on this project and hopefully we will be going out to bid soon. 

District Communication:
As we prepare for 2023, the Wheatlands board discussed our social media policies at our November board meeting. In order to streamline our communication on Facebook, the Wheatlands Metro District will no longer be administrating and posting in the Wheatlands Resident Facebook Group. The district will continue to share the latest news and events on the Wheatlands Metropolitan District Facebook Page and encourage residents to follow it directly at  Another option is to join our email blasts to stay up to date on the latest neighborhood news and events by signing up at The district can also always be reached via email at [email protected] at any time too. Thank you for your understanding as we update our social media policies and streamline our communication. The resident’s group will remain as a place for neighbors to communicate to each other and we appreciate the neighbors who do run this group for everyone!

District Website:
It was determined at the last board meeting that the district website should no longer be run by the board member who has been volunteering to update it. This is due to insurance issues and possible liability issues as Colorado has passed increased requirements and legislation around metropolitan district websites. The board will be soliciting for a contractor to manage the site going forward and we appreciate your patience with the site as we make the transition next year.

Clubhouse Rentals:
The clubhouse rental fee will be adjusted in 2023 due to the increasing costs to maintain the clubhouse. The fee to rent the clubhouse for Wheatland’s residents is now $45/hour (minimum of 3 hours) with a deposit of $250. For non-residents the fee is $200 per hour (minimum of 3 hours) with a deposit of $250. We still need a two-week notice to rent the clubhouse. To view all the clubhouse rental policies please visit

Swim Team: 
The Swim Team committee is working with the swim team to negotiate a contract for next year’s swim team.  The board approved moving forward with the team and authorized the committee to negotiate the contract at the last board meeting.
Mineral Leasing and Drilling:
We just received a memorandum from the City of Aurora. 
Please click on the link below for more information.
Covenants in Common Interest Communities (Metro District)

Definition. Restrictive covenants are deed restrictions typically found in a Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. Declarations including restrictive covenants are normally drafted and put in place by the original developer. In addition to the Declaration, the Metro District adopts Rules and Regulations and Residential Improvement Guidelines that clarify the Declaration restrictions. These documents are collectively referred to as “Governing Documents. “
When restrictive covenants are recorded in a declaration, they bind all property owners. Even though a purchaser may not read the declaration, the purchaser is bound by the covenants because they are in his “chain of title” and attach to the property. As a result, the courts will consider each owner to have “constructive knowledge” of the restrictive covenants, meaning that an owner has knowledge of the covenants as a matter of law. What this means is that actual knowledge is irrelevant, and an “I didn’t know” defense ineffective.

Purpose of Restrictive Covenants. The stated intention of many restrictive covenants is to “preserve, protect, and enhance property values.” This goal may be achieved as follows:
Architectural and maintenance restrictions give a development a more standard appearance because they control some of the activities that take place within its boundaries.
Use restrictions limit use of property for defined purposes and in accordance with defined standards. Use restrictions are generally intended to enhance the peaceful enjoyment of residents‘ use of their properties.

Types of Restrictive Covenants.
Architectural and Building Restrictions. The covenants require an owner to seek prior approval from the Metro District Board or Architectural Review Committee before making these types of changes.
Typical restrictions may include:
Set back requirements
Conditions on additions to dwellings (e.g., patios, enclosing porches, adding a second story, installing satellite dishes or solar panels)
Modifications to exterior appearance of dwellings (e.g., painting a different color, changing from siding to brick, adding windows and doors)
Exterior appearance of lots (e.g., landscaping, yard art, fencing)

Use Restrictions. 
Occupancy use, Leasing, Pets, Parking, Use of other limited common elements and garages (what can be stored on a patio or balcony, garage uses other than parking vehicles), Nuisance and noise, Trash, Satellite dishes, etc.…

To see the Wheatlands Metro Districts complete set of covenants and Residential Improvement guidelines please visit

Next Board Meeting

Thursday, December 8th at 6:00pm
via Zoom

We welcome all community members to attend and participate in our board meetings.

Get involved and volunteer for a committee and share your talents!

Going forward the board has decided to allow for flexibility with our meetings
and will post on the agenda prior to each meeting if they will be at the clubhouse or online. 

View our website at to see the agenda and past meeting minutes. 

Thank you! 
YMCA Programs
Kids Night Out!

When: Friday, December 2nd and 16th
5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Where: Aurora YMCA at Wheatlands

What: Kids Night Out
Drop the kids off for 3 hours of fun. Dinner, games, crafts, and a movie. Our staff will start the evening with dinner and then lead the kids through a craft and some fun games and activities, followed by a movie. 

Ages: Potty-trained to 12 years old.

Please register by the previous Wednesday.

Cost: $20/child
Limited to 20 kids.

In order for us to have Kids Night Out
will need at least 6 children to sign up. 
Enter Aurora Kids Night Out in the search bar on the left hand side of the page
and then click on Kids Night Out to register
The YMCA will be CLOSED
December 23-26th.

But will be open,
New Year’s Eve, December 31st
New Year’s Day January 1st
Southlands Events
The Southlands Shopping center continues to offer events and programs

Check on the link below for information about pictures with Santa
Ice Skating on the Pond.