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Article VII - Ordinances, Resolutions and Motions

7.1 Forms of City Council Action
The City Council shall act by ordinance, resolution, or motion. In addition to any other provision of this Charter, the following actions by the City Council shall be by ordinance that:

(a) Authorizes the borrowing of money;

(b) Imposes or levies any tax;

(c) Establishes any regulation for violation of which a penalty may be imposed, or

(d) Places a burden upon or limits the use of property.


7.2 Votes Required
(a) Every ordinance adopted by the City Council shall require an affirmative vote of a majority of those members of City Council present and voting, except that no ordinance shall be adopted with less than five affirmative votes of such majority. Resolutions and motions shall require an affirmative vote of a majority of those members of City Council present and voting.

(b) A member of the City Council shall not vote on any ordinance, resolution, or motion in which that member has a personal, financial, or business interest, nor shall a member of Council vote when that member has been excused from voting by the unanimous consent of the other members present at such meeting. An individual member of City Council shall not vote on any question or issue relative to the conduct of that individual member. Each member of City Council present shall vote on all other ordinances, resolutions, or motions at any regular, special, or emergency meeting of City Council.


7.3 Form of Ordinance
The enacting clause for all ordinances adopted by the City Council shall be as follows: "Be it Ordained by the City Council of the City of Lakewood, Colorado".

7.4 Ordinance Enactment Procedures
(a) The procedure for enactment of an ordinance shall be as follows:

(1) A proposed ordinance shall be introduced and read by title at any regular, special, or emergency meeting of the City Council;

(2) Upon an affirmative vote of a majority of those members present, such proposed ordinance shall be ordered published in full and a day and time fixed for a public hearing at a subsequent regular, special, or emergency meeting of the City Council;
(3) The public hearing and consideration by the City Council on a proposed ordinance at such subsequent regular, special, or emergency meeting shall be not less than ten days from the date of publication;

(4) The proposed ordinance shall again be read by title. After a public hearing, the City Council may consider and vote upon the adoption of the ordinance, and

(5) If such ordinance is adopted by the City Council, it shall be published by title only, except that any amendment to such ordinance shall be included in the publication.

(b) No ordinance shall take effect and be in force before thirty days after adoption by the City Council and publication by title, except that ordinances necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety shall take effect and be in force after the following: Adoption by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of all members of City Council; signature on the ordinance by the Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem, and provided such ordinance contains in a separate section the emergency nature of such ordinance. Such ordinance shall then be published by title only, except that any amendment to the ordinance shall be included in the publication.

(c) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in subsection (b) above, no ordinance that zones, rezones, or changes any zoned district shall be subject to any emergency provision and no such ordinance shall take effect and be in force before forty-five days after adoption by the City Council and publication by title.


7.5 Publication of Ordinances
The publication of any ordinance, either in full or by title, shall be in a newspaper of general circulation in the City or in such other news media as authorized by the City Council by ordinance.

7.6 Codes
(a) The City Council shall cause ordinances of a general and permanent nature to be codified and maintained thereafter in current form.

(b) The City Council may adopt, by ordinance, standard codes by reference in such manner as it deems appropriate.


7.7 Authentication of Ordinances
A true copy of each ordinance adopted by City Council shall be numbered and recorded in the Permanent Ordinance Record with a certificate of adoption and publication authenticated by the signature of the Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem and the City Clerk or designated deputy thereof.