Englewood Homeowner Immunity City Charter Amendment (2009)

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The Englewood Homeowner Immunity City Charter Amendment did not appear on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Arapahoe County for voters in the city of Englewood.

The amendment called for the protection of property owners from an "abuse of process" by city officials and required the city to pay all legal fees for the homeowner.


The ballot measure was sponsored primarily by Laura and William Bartnick. At the time Bartnicks were in the midst of a lawsuit against the city of Englewood after housing exchange students. According to the director of Englewood's Community Development Department, the city's 2009 zoning definitions prohibit the Bartnicks from housing any foreign exchange students.[1]

In an effort to change the city law and prevent further "abuse of process" by the city, said Laura Bartnick, on May 5,2009 a statement of intent to circulate a petition for the amendment to be placed on the November ballot was submitted. Days later the statement was approved. In order to place the measure on the ballot a minimum number of 968 signatures were required.[2]

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