Peterson Ranch LLD

The Peterson Ranch Lighting and Landscaping District (“Peterson LLD”) provides for and ensures the continued maintenance and servicing of landscape and irrigation improvements and associated appurtenances located within the public right-of-ways. At formation, the Peterson LLD was projected to consist of seven phases, for a total projected number of 563 single-family homes and an 8.94 acre multi-family/commercial parcel, located in the Peterson Ranch subdivision.

The boundary of the Peterson LLD is generally described as the area north of Bella Vista Drive, east of Walters Road, south of East Tabor Avenue (extended), and west of the lands of Peterson & Johnson Trust.

The improvements include parks, greenbelt, detention/mitigation area and storm sewer filtration units (storm receptors), and streetlights including lights on the east side of Walters Road between Bella Vista Drive and East Tabor Avenue. The Peterson LLD provides for and ensures the continued maintenance and servicing of landscape, irrigation, and sound wall improvements along Walters Road and Bella Vista Drive immediately adjacent to the Peterson Ranch subdivision boundary. Landscape improvements may include, but are not limited to: shrubs, trees, cobbles, landscape irrigation system, and associated appurtenant facilities. Services include personnel, materials, contracting services, electrical energy, water required for all necessary maintenance, replacement, repair, and administration required to keep the above-mentioned improvements in a healthy, vigorous, and satisfactory condition.

The following is a brief description of the improvements to be maintained and operated:

  • Street Landscaping of plants, trees, and shrubs along Charleston Street, McClellan Drive and Bella Vista Drive (9.3 acres total).
  • Maintenance and irrigation systems.
  • Maintenance of parks: 3.98, 2.63 and 4.67 acres, respectively.
  • Utilities and maintenance for street lights (approximately 195 lights).
  • Maintenance of the greenbelts (approximately 4 acres total).
  • Maintenance of the open space (approximately 5.52 acres total).
  • East strip street landscaping and half of the median along Walters Road (approximately 1.46 acres total).
  • Entry landscaping at Bella Vista Drive and Charleston Street.
  • Maintenance of storm sewer filtration units (approximately 16 units).
  • Detention basin maintenance (approximately 19.69 acres total).


You may have noticed some changes in the way your District is being maintained. Service reductions were necessary to bring the landscape contract costs into line with the District’s available budget for landscape maintenance. The reductions that had to be made were severe and will result in noticeable changes in the landscaping within your District.

One of the most major change that has been made, is to stop irrigating sections of the turf along the Walking Path, allowing it to die and return to a “native grass’ state. The City is exploring having City crews remove turf and sprinkle the area with an appropriate mix of native grass seeds. The former turf areas will then be mowed on the same schedule as the existing native grass areas. This change provided a major cost reduction as turf is by far the most expensive landscape feature to maintain within any district. All turf in the two parks and along Charleston and at the Bella Vista entrance will remain and be maintained. The mowing schedule in the current landscape contact runs from April 1st to October 31st.  Additional mows are scheduled during the winter months as needed and as budget allows. See Exhibit B for a schematic map of the areas where turf will be changed to native grass.

Additionally, overall reductions have been made to the service frequencies for most of the various landscape tasks done with this District. An updated Service Frequency schedule is provided as Exhibit A below.

Please know that none of the service frequency reductions were made lightly and that each decision was agonized over before being made. The main goal was to bring the District’s landscape contract costs within its available budget while we look at what options are available to reduce costs in the future while trying to maintain the District at the best service level possible within the available budget.This should keep the District from going “upside-down” budget wise with revenues not covering expenses.

MADS Peterson Ranch