On-street Parking Policy
As Castle Rock thrives, parking along the Town’s streets has become a highly desired amenity. With that in mind, it’s important that parking policies are implemented consistently. That’s why the Town has been working to draft a policy to guide parking along public streets in neighborhoods and commercial/retail areas. Town Council approved that policy in May 2018.
About the policy
The Town is using a policy – rather than Town Code – to address this topic. Policies tend to me more flexible and allow for future change.
In summary, the adopted policy:
- Allows on-street parking along public streets as long as it is safely accommodated.
- Recognizes the various impacts on homes and businesses related to on-street parking and define a three-phase approach for residents to request parking restrictions
This three-phase is designed to help with parking issues that are of a legal, or code nature.
Phase One: Town staff will assess physical roadway conditions to determine if any traffic operations or safety concerns warrant parking restrictions. If parking restrictions are deemed necessary to assist with traffic operations or safety, these restrictions will be installed. Please note that improper driver or pedestrian behavior, such as not yielding to vehicles when outside of a legal crosswalk, or speeding, are not variables for restricting parking.
Phase Two: If parking restrictions are not established as a result of phase one, and secondary legal or Municipal Code infractions are still a concern, a period of enforcement of these impacts will be completed. This enforcement period will typically depend on the issue, but will last generally between two to six months.
Phase Three: If secondary legal or Municipal Code infractions still persist after the phase two enforcement period, parking restrictions of limiting hours, and side to side variation may be established once the following steps are completed:
- A resident, or property owner, along the street being requested to have parking restrictions installed must obtain support of more than 65% of the property owners adjacent to the side of the street where the restriction is requested. The minimum length of street that will be considered for parking restrictions is from street intersection to street intersection.
- Once greater than 65% support of property owners is obtained, Town staff will assess the potential stakeholders that may be impacted as a result of establishing parking restrictions understanding that highly concentrated parking will likely be disbursed to nearby areas that are currently not experiencing problems requiring further reaching restrictions than those initially requested.
- A working group consisting of residents, or property owners, from the staff identified stakeholders will be established to develop various options for establishing parking restriction limits. This working group will consist of between two to 10 members, with each member representing one property within the identified stakeholder limits.
- The working group preferred plan will then be voted on by property owners who have property lines adjacent to the public right-of-way (ROW) where proposed parking restriction limits are recommended. The full plan must have greater than 50% of those property owner votes in favor of the option for the plan to be implemented. Portions of plan implementation will not be considered.
- Once a restriction plan is voted approved, Town staff will then implement parking restrictions by placing restriction signs along the respective streets. Painting of curbs will not be utilized to establish restriction zones. Restriction signs will be installed in accordance with priorities of existing workload, but will generally not exceed more than 30 calendar days in time.
The Town also knows parking Downtown is a specific topic of interest. Currently, a study is underway to evaluate current and future parking needs Downtown. Learn more about that study.
Some homeowners associations have their own parking rules and regulations. It is worth noting that this policy has no bearing on those covenants, nor enforcement of those covenants.