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A. Children rarely display exceptional fundamentals, listening skills or patience before that time, which is not fair for the kids with whom they are trying to play up. It also poses safety issues.
B. Focus should be on fun, sportsmanship, teamwork and basic fundamentals.• Occasionally, play-ups are permitted (third grade and above), but only if / when a player displaysexceptional skills or physical development. Then, they can compete at the upper-tier level in the age group ABOVE their present level / grade.
Why?1. Our goal is to build self-esteem and leadership qualities in all players.2. If a safety issue is present due to physical development.
5G is used to describe the fifth generation of wireless communications technologies supporting cellular data networks.
Local governments have very limited authority to regulate with respect to radio frequency emissions. There is a federal statute that prevents states and localities from regulating wireless facilities on the basis of the health or environmental effects of radiofrequency (RF) emissions. The preemption is found in the 1996 Telecommunications Act, 47 U.S.C. § 332(c)(7)(B)(iv). The statute and the case law interpreting it give sole authority for regulating in this area to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Local governments can do little more than require wireless companies to certify that they will comply with the federal regulations for RF emissions.
Local government organizations of which the Town is a part have advocated for the FCC to ensure these standards are up to date, and that they specifically address 5G technology. To date, the FCC has not come out with any regulations specific to 5G. The Town can continue to advocate, but not regulate, with respect to these issues.
To the extent that you would like to see greater local and/or state control over radio frequency emissions, we recommend you contact your Congressional representatives and advocate for a change in the law.
A Comprehensive Master Plan defines the Town’s broad and long-term direction. Then, it defines specific goals and objectives to help guide the Town’s decisions around growth and development.
The Comprehensive Master Plan is meant to be a land use-focused document that accompanies the Town’s other guiding documents, such as the Transportation Master Plan and the water-related master plans. Those other documents specifically address water usage and transportation/roadways/traffic.
You are charged for actual water usage on a monthly basis. However, a water budget is the maximum amount of water that your particular household is allowed to use. The budget is shown in tiers identifying indoor usage, outdoor (irrigable) usage, excess over budget and surcharge over 40,000 gallons. These tiers are established by your household’s actual usage and are independent of your neighbors. If you use more than your water budget, additional rates apply. A water budget has been shown to be an effective water conservation tool.
Assigning different days to irrigate your yard helps manage peak water demand and pressure concerns and produces less strain on the infrastructure. Limiting the time of day to water makes irrigating more efficient and decreases evaporation. Water schedules have been shown to be an effective peak demand and water conservation tool. Residents who water outside of the water schedule could be issued a watering violation.
Castle Rock does not have a water supply problem and actually is implementing very strategic plans to ensure a long-term sustainable water future. Potential talk about our water supply and conservation measures are due to keeping our customers informed. The Town feels an informed community is an engaged one. New sources of supply, infrastructure projects and conservation measures occur in all Colorado communities—and Castle Rock Water wants you to know what our plans are. Frequently, we also ask for resident input on these plans. Sign up to join the discussion. Notify Me
Especially with new development, drainage of water may be seen flowing through the yard and into the storm drain. Your home was graded with swales, directing water away from the foundation and channeled toward the sidewalk and ultimately to the storm drain. If there are excessive amounts of water or this water causes algae or ice buildup, it is necessary to look at measures to reduce it. Overwatering from you or your neighbor accounts for the primary reason for excessive water. Landscaping that has not yet matured and misaligned downspouts also cause drainage issues. Find more ways to reduce excessive water.
Town IdentityPreserve Castle Rock’s unique character as a distinct and physically separate community at the heart of Douglas County.
Community PlanningAccommodate the needs of existing and future residents while preserving and protecting Castle Rock’s identity and quality of life.
Community ServicesEnsure the provision of community services that support the public interest and well being of all Castle Rock residents and businesses.
Local EconomyPromote economic self-sufficiency and long-term stability of the local economy. This focus aims to provide a broad range of employment opportunities for residents and a healthy tax base for the Town.
Based on these objectives, the Castle Rock Comprehensive Master Plan should help guide our community in making the best choices for the Town as it grows over the next 20 years.
At the same time, the rules established criteria that would allow for local jurisdictions (like Castle Rock) to silence the regular sounding of horns if certain improvements are implemented in place of the train horn. This is referred to as establishing a quiet zone.
It’s important to note that, even with the establishment of a quiet zone, train engineers can still sound the horns if they perceive a danger or a threat.
The goal of a quiet zone is to reach a certain level of safety, defined in a measurement index by the Federal Railroad Administration. Any one or a combination of safety options can be used as long as they reach a certain threshold for safety as defined by that index. It is also possible that using one of the measures at one crossing can reach an appropriate safety score within that index to quiet the horn at multiple crossings located near each other, such as the crossings at Second, Third and Fifth streets.
In addition, Town Council has been provided an overview of a variety of combinations that could be considered. A few of these included: turning Second and Third streets into one-way streets; installing wayside horn systems that place a horn at the crossing to use in place of the horn on the train; and installing medians along Second and Third streets. Traffic impacts, emergency operational impacts and higher implementation costs were the general reasons these were not pursued further.
Councilmembers may not be current paid employees of the Town. If Charter Amendment B passes, the same will be true for the new office of at-large Mayor. Councilmembers currently receive a modest stipend, but are not considered paid employees. They do not have offices within the Town, nor do they receive benefits.
Voters on Nov. 7 approved a citizen-initiated measure to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the Town’s Mayor is elected. Now, the Mayor will be elected at-large, and there will be six Councilmembers elected within six districts. While this election changed the language in the Town Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the citizen-initiated petition that provided for the election did not identify critical elements such as qualifications for Mayor and a timeline for the transition to the new Council structure. These items must be identified in the Town Charter before the voter-approved changes can be implemented.Because any change to the Town Charter requires voter approval, another election will be required. Town Council wants community input before asking voters to consider another series of Charter amendments. To do so quickly, efficiently and with public input, Town Council has formed a Citizen Advisory Committee, which has advised Council on:
Council anticipates a special election in spring 2018.
Yes, there is a citizen-driven initiative to change the Town’s Charter. The proposed change would amend the Castle Rock Town Charter to allow for the at-large, town-wide election of the office of Mayor. In addition, it will include district changes. Town Council currently consists of seven members elected from the district they live in. Currently, the Mayor is appointed. The proposed amendment would reduce the number from seven to six districts.
The acting Town Clerk deemed there are a sufficient number of valid signatures for the effort to go forward. State Statute required Town Council to set a ballot question and call an election. The special election has been set for Nov. 7. Town Council also directed staff to develop an educational mailer for residents. The purpose is to help voters understand the question as they fill out their ballot. As part of the mailer, Town staff has been identifying draft arguments for and draft arguments against the Charter amendment. Residents now have the opportunity to submit feedback regarding the mailer messaging.
Aptive Environmental LLC, a national pest control services company, has filed suit against the Town of Castle Rock in the U.S. District Court for Colorado. In the litigation Aptive challenges the constitutionality of the Town’s 7 p.m. curfew on the ability of commercial door-to-door solicitors to contact residents. This curfew has been in effect since 2008. Aptive seeks a judicial order prohibiting the Town from enforcing this curfew on solicitors. The Town Attorney’s office is preparing a response to the litigation.
Yes, there will be a firework show presented by Douglas County on Saturday, Aug. 4. The fireworks will be shot for the Rock to honor the 100th annual Douglas County Fair and Rodeo.
Every development must go through some level of review by the Town’s Development Services Department. Following Council’s approval of this project, Wolfensberger Property Group (the lead developer of the property) submitted construction documents for Town review. Town staff has completed two reviews of the documents and are awaiting a response. Construction cannot begin until the documents are approved. Based on some discussions the Town has had with the developer, site grading and building construction could begin as early as fall 2017.
The Town continues to work with cell phone providers and others seeking to improve cell phone coverage within Castle Rock. We want to ensure that cell phone providers can efficiently and effectively locate wireless facilities within Town. The Town does have standards that seek to ensure that wireless facilities are compatible with surrounding property and uses.
On May 15, 2018, Town Council received public testimony on a request for a special use permit to allow a cell phone tower to be placed on Town-owned property on the Quarry Mesa Open Space. Town Council voted 5-1 to deny the application. (Following public testimony, the Town's Planning Commission had voted 6-0 to recommend that Town Council deny the application. Town staff had also recommended denial based upon applicable criteria.)
The resolution denying the special use emphasized a number of concerns with the application related to its proposed location, including the incompatibility of the tower structure on Town open space, which was specifically acquired and dedicated to remain as open space.
This is the second Castle Locks Self-Storage project, which will include about 60,000 square feet of storage (399 units) and 2.3 acres of RV storage. The project is under construction and should be open in 2018. View a map of projects currently underway at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity.
This area is part of the new Promenade at Castle Rock. The developer, Alberta Development Partners, has announced this building will be a Hobby Lobby and a Ross. Visit their website to learn about other retailers and amenities coming to the area.
No homes will be built on this temporary pile of dirt. According to Richmond Homes, the stockpile will be gone by mid-August, as they finish excavation work in the area. (The site grading is balanced, so there won’t be any dirt left when the work there is finished.) New piles will show up during underground utility work, but they will be temporary, as well.
In November 2016, 69 percent of Castle Rock voters approved a measure that allowed the Town to keep $714,580 in revenues beyond TABOR limits from 2015. Voters specifically allocated that money to police, fire, emergency medical and transportation purposes. That’s where the money is going.
Here is a detailed list, which Council approved in April 2017:
•Active shooter body armor and shields for 73 Castle Rock Police Officers: $95,360 •Rifle Lights for CRPD: $22,200 •Ballistic/stab-resistant vest for the K9 Unit: $2,950 •Electronic speed signs: $24,000 (note that these will not give tickets) •LIDAR speed detection devices: $12,980 •Crash Data Reader (CRPD): $3,500 •Mobile Fingerprint Units: $5,100 •AEDs for Town buildings and Downtown businesses: $37,000 •AEDs for marked police cars: $53,000 •Stop the Bleed Kids to for local schools (helps bystanders stop life-threatening bleeding): $41,000 •Reserve Brush Unit (CRFD): $15,000 •Telescopic Forklift (CRFD): $47,500 •Vehicle Extrication Equipment (CRFD): $60,000 •Flashing yellow arrows for 19 intersections: $228,000 •Flashing beacons for crosswalks: $70,000
In an effort to continually improve trail connectivity, as part of their development plan, Castle Rock Development Company has hired a contractor to add additional trail segments to the existing Native Legend Trail. The new trail segments are on town property but privately funded by the developer. Construction is expected to be completed this spring, which is why you see the construction fencing (orange mesh). The black tarp barriers are likely for silt fencing to prevent erosion and run-off. The blue flags mark the alignment of the trail for construction.
Currently, Rock Park consists of several parcels the Town has purchased over time in an effort to enhance this iconic landmark. The land that was purchased is designated as R-1 Single-Family, which would allow detached one-family dwellings, small in-home day cares, indoor and outdoor recreation, and underground public utilities, among other uses.
In May 2017, Castle Rock Parks and Recreation proposed a new zoning classification that would remove the single-family residence zoning and allow for recreation and cultural/arts facilities use. The intent of the proposed zoning classification was to have one zone designation that could cover all active parks within Town. Upon hearing public feedback, the Town is now considering a special zoning district specifically for Rock Park.
An ordinance will be presented to Town Council at its Oct. 17 meeting. The purpose is to create a new zone classification, the PL-3 District. This will officially define the park as a natural area and will align the park’s permitted uses with the activities and facilities that currently exist.
Learn more at an informational public meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 in the Town Hall lobby, 100 N. Wilcox St. Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns. Please keep in mind, this new zoning classification would not change any of the park’s features – only make it easier for the Town to maintain the monument.
The PL-3 District would define the park as a natural area with the exception of the service items and features already in existence at the park. Permitted uses on the proposed PL-3 District will generally include open space; wildlife sanctuary; trails and associated service facilities such as restrooms, picnic pavilions and information kiosks; off-street parking and driveways; and temporary community events. Additionally, the PL-3 District would allow for the continued maintenance and operation of the flagpole and Star.
Other public hearing opportunities will be at the Town’s Planning Commission meeting Thursday, Sept. 28. Town Council is also scheduled to review the proposed zoning change for the first time at its Tuesday, Oct. 17 meeting. Both Town Council and Planning Commission meetings begin at 6 p.m. in Town Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Wilcox St.
Currently, the Rock Park site is just over 62 acres and consists of eight previously separated parcels acquired as public open space between 1947 and 1991. Securing this new zoning would help officially consolidate the entire park site. This will help with maintenance for Rock Park and the Star.
The Town of Castle Rock and the Castle Rock Police Department have learned of community concerns surrounding two separate incidents occurring in mid-February 2018.On February 15, 2018, the Police Department received a report of an assault involving a knife in the Safeway parking lot. The Department was able to determine no stabbing or other crime occurred.On February 20, 2018, the Police Department received a report of a robbery in the parking lot of the Ridge Road King Soopers. After a thorough investigation, it was determined no robbery or other crime occurred.Stay tuned as the Police Department is preparing to launch its social media in the coming weeks.Get Town news straight to your inbox. Sign up at CRgov.com/notifyme, or follow the Town of Castle Rock on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Nextdoor and YouTube.
In 2018, the Town is planning a reconstruction of Meadows Parkway between the bridge over U.S. Highway 85 and Praire Hawk Drive.
The concrete pavement was installed in 1987 and has reached the end of its life. To repair the road, crews will remove the concrete pavement and replace it with asphalt. Construction is expected to begin after Memorial Day and last through mid-August.
What to expectIn all, work is expected to last 75 calendar days, with the goal of completing the work while school is out for the summer. When work begins, portions of the roadway will be down to one lane ineach direction. Discover alternate routes – such as North Meadows Drive, Castle Rock Parkway, Prairie Hawk Drive, Red Hawk Drive, and Coachline Road – at CRgov.com/MeadowsParkway.
The Town knows this temporary inconvenience will lead to long-term gain – a smoother road for the thousands of drivers who use Meadows Parkway each day. Thank you for your patience.
Previous preparationThe Town has been preparing for this work for some time. The timing of this project was purposely planned after the opening of Castle Rock Parkway/North Meadows Drive. In addition, the Town last year worked to improve Coachline Road for an anticipated increase in detour-related traffic.Before work begins this year, a right-turn-only lane will be added from North Meadows Drive to Butterfield Crossing Drive in an effort to keep traffic moving through that intersection.The project is budgeted for $2.5 million. Of that, $1.3 million is coming from a Federal Grant administered through the Denver Regional Council of Governments.
The Town uses several documents when evaluating projects Downtown. Some are requirements, as part of the Municipal Code, while others are guidelines.
Plum Creek Golf Club Pool is a private facility. In the past, the owner has discussed possible redevelopment, but no applications have been submitted to the Town. Information about active development (and redevelopment) can be found on the Town's Development Activity Map.
This central gathering place is transforming into a modern Downtown center thanks to a partnership between the Town and the Downtown Development Authority.
Construction is underway on the park, located at Second and Perry streets Downtown. Planned new amenities include a landing pavilion, splash pad, fire pits, an open lawn, a creek-side picnic area, market plaza, bridge connections to Town Hall parking, improved lighting and seating, an overlook walkway with an iconic lantern feature and a water-play area in Sellars Gulch. In addition to the new amenities, stormwater improvements along Sellars Gulch will be implemented to align with natural flood plain regulations and provide public access to the creek.
The project is expected to be completed in fall 2017. The total project cost is about $6.9 million. Get weekly updates at CRgov.com/FestivalPark. Learn more about the DDA at downtowncastlerock.com.
Buildings built in the historic Downtown area before 1945, or buildings that have a landmark designation, require a recommendation from the Historic Preservation Board if they are historic landmark properties and approval from Town Council before they can be demolished. If the building was built after 1945 and is not eligible for landmark designation, the owner must obtain a demolition permit from the Development Services Department.
When reviewing a demolition request, the Board and Council use the following criteria:
Allowable building height depends on where the building is located Downtown.
There are three districts in Downtown – the Core District, and the North and South districts. The Downtown Core District is bounded by Fifth Street on the north, the railroad tracks on the east, Second Street on the south and Interstate 25 on the west. Building height in the Downtown Core District is limited to four stories, with a maximum height of 60 feet. A landowner may request one additional floor, with a corresponding increase in building height, in the Downtown Core District. The Design Review Board, which has the authority to review building heights in Downtown, may, at its discretion, grant an additional floor request after considering the following criteria:
The North District is bounded by Wolfensberger Road on the north, the railroad tracks on the east, Fifth Street on the south and I-25 on the west. The South District is bounded by Second Street on the north, the railroad tracks on the east, the Safeway shopping center on the south and I-25 on the east. Building height in the North and South districts is limited to six stories, with no maximum height limitation. The Board, at its discretion, may grant two additional floors in these districts.
This land was zoned in 2002 to allow for a maximum of 160 units of assisted living/nursing home, or 80 multifamily units, or 38 single family homes. It could also be developed with a mix of these uses, although the developable area is only 3.85 acres, so the owner has indicated it is more likely to be either just assisted living or multifamily. Over 1 acre of open space is planned. The developer has not been in contact recently on this site, so the timing of its development is unknown at this time. There would be public hearings with the next phase, a site development plan, when the developer chooses to move forward. At that time, public hearing signs would be placed on the property, and properties within 300 feet of the site would be notified by mail.
The Town is considering purchasing the gas station on the east side of Wilcox at I-25 for use for future transportation needs. The Town’s due diligence period extends into first quarter 2019, so additional information would be available after that time. There are no current applications related to the gas station on the west side of Wilcox at I-25, so if and how that parcel may redevelop is unknown at this time.
A new Starbucks is under construction in this area. View additional information about that project.
The property is currently owned by Heir & Company, a Castle Rock business. They are currently using the building for apartments. There have been numerous discussions about renovation of the existing building or renovation of the existing building with an addition to expand the usable square footage. However, there have only been discussions, with no formal action plans. In addition, the Town’s Historic Preservation Board has nominated the building twice for Colorado’s Endangered Places Program, but it has not been accepted. The hope was to get exposure for the building and, therefore, expand possible grant opportunities.
Located at the northeast corner of Wolfensberger and Coachline roads, the Hillside community concept is to create a modern new urban village with multiple housing types. The developer has an approved Site Development Plan for 130 units in this area. They have been working with the Town to finalize the neighborhood construction documents for the roadway and utility designs. The developer has not determined when they will start construction on the neighborhood yet. View information about this and other active developments on the Town's Development Activity Map.
The proposed Festival Park Commons project is a result of a request for proposals the Town distributed in 2017 to develop a public parking structure in the existing parking lot south of Town Hall. The chosen developer is still working on concepts, including redevelopment of the three other lots south of Town Hall into the plan, and a formal land use application has not been submitted to the Town. A schedule has not been proposed at this time.
The Town knows parking, especially Downtown, is a priority for residents and business owners. The Town recently hired a consultant to conduct a Downtown Parking Study to evaluate current and future needs, as well as to get recommendations for increasing parking. Town staff is reviewing suggested implementation items that resulted from the study. One of those is establishing off-street parking requirements for new residential and commercial development in the Downtown area. In addition, Town Council has also supported new striping along Wilcox and Perry streets, which will add some on-street parking. Finally, once the new roundabout at Third and Perry streets is constructed, we will see additional parking gains near that intersection. Learn more about the parking study at CRgov.com/ParkingStudy. Learn about the roundabout at CRgov.com/PerryRoundabout.
The Town is not aware of any plans for the reuse of the vacant Wendy’s on Milestone at this time.
The vacant parcel on the west side of the frontage road, closest to I-25, is under jurisdiction of Douglas County. Although requests would go through them directly, we have not heard of any inquiries on this property. We recommend reaching out to Douglas County Zoning if you wish to inquire about the sign. You can visit their website here: https://www.douglas.co.us/land/regulations-and-procedures/zoning/.
You can view the Town’s Zoning Map to see how land in Castle Rock is currently zoned and the Development Activity Map to see where development is happening and get the most up-to-date information regarding the projects. For more information about zoning or development activity, email email@example.com or call 303-660-1393.
Much of Castle Rock was zoned in the 1980s and 1990s, and landowners are legally entitled to develop the land according to previously approved zoning requirements. Town Council is obligated to honor the legal contracts of the past.
If a landowner seeks new zoning or rezoning of their property, there are specific zoning criteria that Town staff, the Planning Commission and Town Council must use to evaluate when determining if a zoning request should be approved.
Neighborhood meetings and public notice are required prior to the zoning hearings.
The Planning Commission reviews the request and makes a recommendation to Town Council, which makes the final determination. Town Council is required to objectively review the request based upon 1) the facts and circumstances brought to the attention of the Council in the hearing process, 2) the 2030 Vision and the Comprehensive Master Plan and 3) all development codes.
A property search tool is available on the Douglas County Assessor’s website at douglas.co.us/assessor.
Much of Castle Rock was zoned in the 1980s, and landowners are legally entitled to develop the land according to previously approved zoning requirements. While Town Council is obligated to honor the legal contracts of the past, there are plans in place for responsible, quality growth. The Castle Rock Vision 2030 and 2030 Comprehensive Master Plan outline policies and goals to continue quality growth and add a diversity of businesses and housing options.
Responsible, quality growth is a combination of many things. It’s having strategic plans in place for water, transportation and public safety to make sure services like emergency response times aren’t compromised by population increases. It’s valuing land conservation, with an average of 30 percent of our community being preserved as open space. And, it’s development codes that require height limitations to protect the incredible views and buffer zones between residential and commercial developments. Most importantly, smart growth is a vision for the future.
The Town also requires new development to pay impact fees and system development charges to provide revenues to support growth-related infrastructure needs, such as water supply, adding capacity for streets, and building new parks and fire stations. The Town’s 2020 budget anticipates that the Town will receive more than $14 million in impact fees and over $25.8 million from water-related system development fees. These funds allow for additional Town infrastructure necessitated by growth.
The Town can’t stop Colorado’s growth, but it can insist on quality growth in our community.
An informative video has been created to explain how the Town plans for growth and quality development. Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6MrpXAnXDM and learn more at CRgov.com/planning.
Does the town/district anticipate building another high school in Castle Rock within the next 15 years on that space?
Decisions on new schools are made by Douglas County School District. We recommend reaching out to them directly. You can find their contact information at https://www.dcsdk12.org/about/our_district/departments/curriculum__instruction___professional_growth/contact_us.
There are no current plans for a Trader Joes in Castle Rock.
large greenbelt funded by Douglas County?
The Town of Castle Rock 2030 Comprehensive Master Plan does list a goal of working to ensure that Castle Rock maintains a physical separation from abutting towns, cities and development outside of Town limits. While there is no set metric of what the separation will look like, the Town is open to all available tools, which may include land purchase, dedication through development activity and working with current and future land preservation programs of partner government agencies to achieve the best separation possible.
We do not have any information on a Dunkin’ Donuts coming to Castle Rock.
There are no current plans for a Costco in Castle Rock. The Town does have a Sam's Club in The Promenade.
Annexation is the process by which a property becomes incorporated into the Town of Castle Rock’s jurisdiction. With that annexation, the area benefits from services the Town provides, such as public safety, snow removal, street maintenance, park maintenance and more. It also means taxable units or sales tax from that property help pay for those services. All annexation proposals must follow a State-mandated process, which includes public hearings. As part of that process, Town Council must make three decisions:Substantial Compliance: Does the annexation petition comply with State Code?Eligibility: Is the property eligible to be annexed in accordance with State Code?Annexation: Should the property be annexed?The Town has several proposals under consideration. Learn more and view the annexation proposals at CRgov.com/Annexation.
Like in most municipalities, all development – including building, planning and zoning – is handled by the Town’s Development Services Department. A new development must start with a proposed plan.
The plan is submitted to Development Services, which is staffed with experts. Engineers, community planners and designers evaluate the plan on everything from traffic and water impacts to design and aesthetic standards. Their goal is to ensure every new development not only matches the community’s vision but also makes technical sense and, above all, is safe to use. Then, the public process can begin. Planned developments are presented to the public through Planning Commission, community meetings, and Town Council. Then, staff follows up with developers to ensure public comments taken at public meetings are incorporated into the plan to the extent possible. You can see the projects going through this process using the map at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity. Sometimes, if the zoning use on the area is already in line with what the developer is proposing, it can be reviewed and approved by staff.
It’s important to know this process is market-driven. When the economy supports new amenities, developers will approach the Town with their ideas.
The short answer is no. Town Code does not require conditioned air. Exhaust air may be required, and the conditioned air is drawn in from that. However, a supply air can be run to bathrooms. It just isn’t required.
The Town has no regulations in this area. The Colorado Department of Agriculture oversees licensed contractors who perform this work.
The sale in question involved six non-contiguous parcels of land within two broader areas – Westfield Trade Center and Dawson Ridge – that have a patchwork of ownership.
The areas were annexed into Castle Rock in 1984 and zoned in 1986. Some infrastructure, which still exists today, was installed before bankruptcies halting initial development in Dawson Ridge in about 1990.
Since 1992, Dawson Ridge – the larger, southern portion in which half of the recently purchased parcels lie – has been under a suspension agreement from the Town. That agreement assures the Town’s ability to obtain updated development plans for the area that conform to current Town policies. (The 1980s zoning, which is accounted for in the Town’s current population growth projections, allows for up to 7,900 dwelling units and 13 million square feet of commercial space in Dawson Ridge and up to 11.6 million square feet of commercial space in the Westfield Trade Center. Current Town rules related to water, as well as transportation constraints, would prohibit development at these levels.)
Summing up the issue, numerous steps – involving coordination among many parties – and public hearings with the Planning Commission and Town Council would be required before large-scale development occurring within the area.
updated status on this?
Potential developers of this parcel have spoken to the Town on occasion over the past several years, but no applications have been submitted at this time. If an application is submitted, it will be posted on our Development Activity Map. You can view the map at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity.
A developer has submitted a preliminary inquiry for a proposed 226 apartment building development at that location, which was zoned for up to 400 multifamily units in 1981.
The Town requires developers to obtain feedback on concepts from neighbors before submitting a formal application and site plan. If a formal application is submitted, the Town then initiates a thorough review process that includes comprehensive traffic and drainage studies, as well as site layout and buffering to adjacent properties. Opportunities for additional public input are also part of the review process. The length of time from application submission to a final decision by the Town is generally six to nine months for a project of this size.
15 M LLC has submitted applications for annexation and zoning on the 15.8 acre parcel of land just south of Memmen Ridge Open Space. Their proposal, named Memmen Trails, is for 120 single-family attached and paired homes. The proposal is still under review and has not been scheduled for public hearings yet. When public hearings are scheduled with Planning Commission and then with Town Council, it will be posted to our webpage. View the Town’s current notices for public hearings, or subscribe for future ones, online.
The residential project near Enderud and Ridge, known as Upper Sunstone Village, is a development of 261 single-family detached and attached homes. It is part of the Terrain Community, and does not include apartments. You can find out more about this project by visiting http://gis.crgov.com/hyperlinks/external/IYBY/UpperSunstoneVillage.pdf.Additionally, this development will be discussed at the Feb. 5, 2019,Town Council meeting, which is open to the public.
In regards to the Canyons South Proposal status "The property is currently zoned for development in Douglas County jurisdiction." What does that mean for Castle Rock? It seems that this large development is being planned within Castle Rock but not annexed in to Castle Rock. How does that work? Thank you.
Canyons South property has been zoned for development in Douglas County for quite some time. Past approvals allow them to build up to 968 single-family homes, a golf course, school sites and associated open space areas. In 2015, they requested to Annex into Castle Rock and increase their density up to 1,506 homes, remove the golf course, but still have schools and open space. During that process, the land owner decided to keep the zoning already approved in the County. Douglas County will be the governing body to issue building permits, own and maintain the roadways, and collect property taxes. Please contact Douglas County if you have further questions regarding where they are in the process of building this neighborhood.
The Town posts information about active developments within its jurisdiction online at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity.
No. This was a proposed idea. Town staff received a Preliminary Project Application (PPA) in November of 2017 for a sports complex located west of Ridge Road and north of Plum Creek Parkway. Town staff has not received any communication from the applicant since the comments then. Therefore the Town considers this application closed. The Preliminary Project Application is not a formal application. Instead, it is a way for developers to solicit comments from Town staff regarding the required processes for a proposed project.
Town Council approved a rezoning of the property in May 2016 for multifamily housing. The project is delayed because the applicant is questioning the requirement to install road and utility improvements within the time frame noted in the Council-approved development agreement.
Plum Creek Investments LLC has submitted a Site Development Plan for a retail strip center with gas station at the southeast corner of East Plum Creek Parkway and South Lake Gulch Road. The retail strip center is a 7,200-foot, multi-tenant retail building. A convenience store will occupy approximately 5,100 square feet, while the remaining 2,1000 square feet are reserved for a future tenant yet to be determined. Six fuel stations are proposed to be in front of the building under a canopy. An automated drive-through car wash facility will also be located on the property.
The proposed uses are allowed by zoning; however, any development of this area would be required to go through a public hearing for interface regulations, to be in compliance with the rules required on commercial properties next to residential uses. The Site Development Plan is still under staff review, and public hearing dates have yet to be determined.
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The application to annex and zone the area know as Pine Canyon within the Town of Castle Rock was withdrawn effective April 17, 2020.
The Pine Canyon property is currently zoned in Douglas County as Agriculture One (A-1) and is not within Town municipal borders. The area known as Pine Canyon spans both sides of Interstate 25, extending from the Union Pacific Railroad on the west to Founders Parkway on the east. It’s generally north of Scott Boulevard and south of Founders Parkway. (Or, generally north of Douglas County High School.)
Please contact Douglas County Community Development for information about the zoning and any future development of the property.
In 2010, Town Council approved a Planned Development Plan for that area. That plan included 117 homes. Now, a new builder is interested in developing that area. The developer conducted two neighborhood meetings to date and received feedback expressing concerns over the proposed increase in density.
If the developer were to stick with the originally approved plan, construction could begin with proper construction documents. If the developer were to make any changes to the original plan – such as increasing the density of homes, building elevations, open space allocations, site setbacks, or overall site layout – the new plan would have to go through a public process. That process would include public hearings with the Planning Commission and then go to Town Council for consideration. To date, the applicant has suggested an increase in density up to 168 homes. However, the Town has not received a formal application. Depending on the increase in density that is ultimately submitted with a formal application, there would be numerous impacts, such as traffic impacts, that would need to be studied and discussed before the public process would begin.
When formal development plans are submitted, the Town updates its Development Activity map at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity.
That area – just north of the new Castle Rock Parkway interchange and behind Home Depot – is owned by Alberta Development Partners. Some of it is located within the Town’s jurisdiction, and part of it is within Douglas County’s jurisdiction. At this time, Alberta has sent proposed ideas to the Town through a Preliminary Project Application.
The Preliminary Project Application is not a formal application. Instead, it is a way for developers to solicit comments from Town staff regarding the required processes for a proposed project. In this case, some of the area would have to be annexed into the Town. In addition, the proposed idea would have to go through zoning, site development, construction document evaluation and erosion control processes – some of which require public hearings and neighborhood meetings. The proposed idea includes both residential and commercial development options.
For this 56-acre proposal, 34.9 acres already exist within the Town (zoned as Integrated Business back in the 1990s), and 21.7 acres would have to be annexed into the Town.
The formal annexation application begins when the owner/developer of the property submits an annexation application to the Town. No formal application has been submitted, and nothing has been presented to Town Council for consideration. Learn more about the Town’s annexation process at CRgov.com/annexation.
This parcel is owned by the Town as part of Front Street’s right-of-way, which is reserved for future road widening, or road improvement projects. There are no plans for improvements at this time.
This area is known as the Oaks Subdivision. The landowner is currently looking at requesting an increase in the number of homes previously approved. They have been conducting neighborhood outreach and have not at this time submitted an official application. Information about neighborhood meetings related to development can be found on the Public Notices calendar at CRgov.com/events. (To find past events, click the “show past events” box on the calendar and enter your search in the search bar.)
That land is a dedicated for a school site. At this time, the Town does not have any requests to develop a school on this site. When we receive requests, and developments begin going through our process, we post information on our Development Activity Map at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity.
A fire pit with seating was put in by Mod Pizza. More community gathering sites are planned for the upper area of The Promenade, but locations are still be determined.
Alberta is working to get its website working again. Meanwhile, they ask that those seeking updates contact them at 303-771-4004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a retaining wall at the Promenade development that sustained damage during a July 2018 rain storm. The wall was installed by the Promenade’s developer and inspected by a third-party engineer. The July storm overwhelmed the temporary sediment pond above the wall, resulting in water and mud overtopping the retaining wall. As a result, dirt and sediment accumulated on Castlegate Drive. Town staff cleaned up this public street with the cost charged back to the developer, and the developer remediated the site and rebuilt the retaining wall on their private property. A structural engineer has inspected the repairs and determined there is no danger to the public. The developer has installed additional drainage that should prevent the same thing from happening in the future.
Albert Development Partners announced at Town Council’s Aug. 21 meeting that Whole Foods has officially signed a 20-year lease for space in the Promenade. The natural-grocery store is planning to open in late 2019/early 2020.
Looking at the vision book for the Promenade, it appears that Alberta is leaving out A LOT of the amenities that were promised to create this "High Class" shopping experience and we are being left with a shopping center we can find anywhere else that is nothing special. What has been completed so far is just a fraction of what their documents show for area's that are completed already. What is being done by the town to ensure that the developer is delivering what was promised as many people I've talked to are disappointed with what has been done so far. I've tried contacting Alberta directly but they ignore all communications and their website has broken links that don't work.
Town staff in late March 2018 met with the Promenade Development Team to discuss existing conditions and review specific site design and landscape elements identified in the Council-approved Promenade Vision Book. The project is 60 percent complete and ahead of the initial 5-year schedule. The existing and proposed tenant mix, pedestrian gathering areas, and ongoing improvements to emphasize the “mountain to prairie” architecture and landscape material theme will be completed with each phase of the project. The development team noted that landscape improvements and pedestrian gathering areas will undergo further development in the spring and summer of 2018 and beyond. The tenant mix is consistent with the commercial needs of the community and initial presentation to Council, including additional sit-down restaurants and retail sales options. View a current site map, including updated businesses, at CRgov.com/Promenade.
Hi! Can you provide an update on the Promenade shopping area? It looks like we are building more than we can fill. Several store fronts, including the one by TJ Maxx and around other areas have been empty for a long time and yet land is still being cleared. There also has not been any action on the old King Soopers and now talk of the development of Millers Landing. This is very concerning to many residents.
The Promenade at Castle Rock is in its third year, and built-out is expected to take about five years. The developer, Alberta Development Partners, decides which businesses will go in various locations, based on the market. The area is about 40 percent completed. You can learn more about coming businesses on Alberta’s Promenade at Castle Rock webpage.
It’s just a cluster of fast food shops, discount stores, mini-malls and parking lots.The Promenade at Castle Rock is in year three, of a five-year build-out plan, and there’s about 40 percent left to go. The types of businesses going into the development are market-driven and determined by the developer, Alberta Development Partners. You can view the design book at CRgov.com/Promenade. There is also a link to Alberta’s site, where the company announces new businesses.
The Town and Alberta Development Partners (the developer of the Promenade) entered into a financial agreement in 2014. The Town agreed to share new tax revenue generated on the property. No existing Town revenues nor funds were committed to the project. Instead, it is a sharing of tax revenue the Town otherwise would not receive. This revenue helps fund necessary public services such as fire, police, road maintenance and more.
Key aspects of the agreement include: • The Town shares 27.5 percent of new sales tax revenues generated from that property for up to 25 years and will fund up to $4.45 million in development fee reimbursements and an additional $750,000 fee reimbursement tied to achieving 700,000 square feet in commercial development. • The metro district on the development property intends to issue and repay $28.8 million in net bond proceeds for qualifying public improvements. • Alberta intends to acquire the land, develop the property and otherwise fund the $180 million project. • The financial agreements also include restrictions on Alberta relocating certain existing business in Castle Rock to the new development.
View the agreement and learn more at CRgov.com/Promenade.
The Meadows Town Center is zoned for mixed-use development, which includes retail, office space, commercial and residential uses – single-family homes (attached and detached), condos, townhomes and apartments. It’s zoned for a maximum of 3,679 dwelling units and a maximum height of 60 feet, and up to 75 feet if approved by Special Review.
The Town is reviewing plans for sidewalks on both sides of Coachline Road – between Wolfensberger Road and Trailblazer Way on the east side, and between Wolfensberger Road and the Ridgeline Open Space trailhead on the west side. There are three different plans, and each is in the review stage. None has been permitted yet, but the projects could possibly be permitted yet this year. It’s important to note that these are not Town projects, but are the responsibility of Castle Rock Development Co., the developer of The Meadows. Thus, their completion is dependent on that entity.
space and not 118 new residences? There are so many negatives against developing that area.
The Town has specific requirements for notifying residents of new development activity. For The Meadows Filing 16, a description of the project, the vicinity map and site plan were made available to the public on the Development Activity Map in July 2018, when the application was first received. The Development Activity Map is accessible from every page on CRgov.com through a link at the top of the page. Further, public notice signs have been posted on the site since Nov. 28, 2018. As to your question about a donation, the developer donated over 200 acres of land for the construction of Philip S. Miller Park, and more than 40 percent of The Meadows’ land area is reserved for open space. For more information and to stay up-to-date with public notices, visit CRgov.com/development.
This land is owned by Castle Rock Development Co. The horses belong to a private owner leasing that land.
We are new residents, and were told by the realtor that Castle Rock prohibits building along crests of hills in an effort to not block out views. My question pertains to the CityScape development by Richmond (on Meadows Boulevard just west of the hospital). It is not on a crest, but the homes are 4 stories tall, and completely blot out the high mountain range, leaving only sky visible. They are actually on land that is lower than our homes across the road, but they are very tall. I'm just wondering if there are any protections in place that relate to existing homes and views?Castle Rock does not have any regulations regarding existing homes and their views. Our Skyline/Ridgeline ordinance limits building height in specific protected areas that are designated on the Development Constraints Map. (See link below.) Some homes built in these Skyline/Ridgeline areas have reduced building height, additional landscaping, limited to earth tone colors, or have gone through a variance process to not have these limitations (based on detailed criteria). The CityScape homes are not limited due to this ordinance and are being built within the allowed building height of 60 feet for this Town Center neighborhood.
This area will be additional paired homes from builder KB. (Northwest corner of Celestial Avenue and Low Meadow Boulevard). Further to the west at Jonquil Street and Celestial Avenue will be single family homes from Lennar. You can learn about what’s being built around Town with our Development Activity Map.
About $7.2 million in grocery tax revenue is projected in 2019, making up 14 percent of the $51.8 million in total sales tax revenue anticipated for the year. Grocery tax only applies to food purchased at the store and then eaten at home. Other items such as paper goods, cleaning supplies, toiletries and even foods that can be immediately consumed, such as prepared sandwiches, are taxed separately from groceries.
No, renewable water is funded through growth-related revenue from new development in Castle Rock, as well as from fees on monthly water bills. The Town’s water funds are classified as enterprise funds, meaning they legally can receive only minimal tax support.
Yes. Part of the Town’s sales tax revenue is allocated to the Transportation Fund. That fund provides for maintenance of streets – including snow removal – as well as for capital projects. Elimination of the grocery tax would impact the resources available annually for street maintenance and construction.
The Town estimates it will end 2018 with $18.2 million available in its General Fund. Of that total, $9.6 million is unobligated, or not already designated for a particular use. The Town believes this reserve amount reflects sound cash management in the event of an economic downturn, given the Town’s annual General Fund expenditures exceed $50 million.
Your tax money supports the Town's Fire and Rescue, Police, streets, Parks, Open Space, Recreation Center and administration services.
On average, the owner of a $300,000 home in Castle Rock pays about $35 in property tax from the Town. The rest of the Town's funding comes from sales tax revenue.
No. The Town is a full-service municipality, offering police, fire and rescue, parks and recreation, water, building/planning/zoning, and roads/public works services to the community. However, other public entities work within Castle Rock, too. For example, Douglas County provides social, correctional and other services; CDOT maintains traffic signals on and near state highways; and the Douglas County School District is responsible for oversight of local schools. There’s even a separate cemetery district. Waste removal, meanwhile, generally is handled privately, or by a homeowners’ association.
No. Local schools – including teacher salaries and building maintenance costs – are funded through the Douglas County School District. More information about funding for Douglas County schools can be found at dcsdk12.org.
Several neighborhoods in Castle Rock have Metropolitan Districts, “Metro Districts” for short. These Metro Districts are separate governmental entities and are usually created by the developer/property owner at the time of initial development of the neighborhood or subdivision to allow for a special, localized mill levy to be imposed for certain development-related improvements (local streets, waterlines, landscaping, neighborhood amenities, etc.). These mill levies continue to support debt payments for initial improvement costs, some maintenance and new enhancements and other items set out in the approved service plans for the Metro Districts.
Metro Districts – and their mill levies - vary widely throughout Castle Rock as shown in this Town-prepared report.
Since the Metro Districts are separate entities, specific budget questions should be directed to the Metro District. For Founders Village, email email@example.com.
Many, but not all, businesses in the Promenade area have an additional Public Improvement Fee (PIF) that is assessed and remitted to the metropolitan district in that area. The metro district uses that revenue to repay debt it issued to construct the infrastructure to develop the area.
Castle Rock’s sales tax is 7.9 percent. The receipt also indicates taxes charged by other jurisdictions, which, in some cases, tax items at a different rate than the Town. For example, the Town taxes food for home consumption (gallon of milk, loaf of bread etc.), but the State of Colorado and Douglas County do not. Therefore, for all food for home consumption, the only tax that should be applied is at the 4% rate. However, there are many things everyone taxes, such as laundry detergent, which would have a tax rate of 7.9%. The different rates are broken down by the grocery store’s system, which charges the correct tax on each item, according to the jurisdiction’s tax base. Therefore, it would be incorrect to add up all the percentages to 10.8 percent. Rather, the receipt shows a breakdown of various jurisdiction’s taxes.
A balanced budget is a core part of the Town’s annual planning efforts. In fact, state law requires local governments to balance their budgets. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Our crazy Colorado weather is to blame. In most cases, the dying ash trees are the result of a combination of an early October freeze in 2019 and a very late freeze this April. Both freezes followed unusually warm days. A warmer-than-average early spring caused many plants to begin to bud or sprout, only to have their growth nipped by the freezing temperatures that occurred around April 11-13. If trees and other plants don’t seem to be blooming quite right this year, the freeze is probably to blame.
Ordinances and the Town Code are generally changed through actions of Town Council at Council meetings. A constituent may address Town Council during unscheduled public comments at a Council meeting and/or contact his/her Councilmember regarding his/her proposal.
To your specific concern, golf carts licensed with the State as low-speed electric vehicles (LSEVs) are permitted on local Town streets, generally defined as those with speed limits of 30 mph or less. View the Town Code section here: https://library.municode.com/co/castle_rock/codes/municipal_code?nodeId=TIT10VETR_CH10.04MOTRCO.
The Encore developer has committed to contributing funds toward a project to establish a quiet zone that includes the three rail crossings in the Downtown area. The Town is currently in the early project-development stages and is working with the Federal Railroad Administration, Union Pacific and Colorado Public Utilities Commission on this initiative. All of these agencies have certain jurisdiction over this project. Since the Town does not fully control this process, we can only estimate the completion timeframe. Our current estimate is the end of 2021.
The Town does not provide trash removal or recycling services. Neighborhoods with homeowners associations may provide trash removal through the HOA. Those in areas without an HOA must obtain individual service. There is a community recycling center that operates 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 701 Prairie Hawk Drive. It is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but you can visit their website for updates: https://sites.google.com/site/communityrecyclingcenter/.
As per Town Code 9.16.030, which addresses prohibited acts, no person shall use permissible fireworks except on the 4th of July between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. If the Town is under Fire Restrictions, no fireworks are allowed at all.
There are three ways to provide feedback for the official record of a Town Council meeting. First, you can attend the meeting and speak during the time allowed for public comment. Second, you can submit an email or call the contact listed for the agenda item for which you’d like to provide feedback. Finally, in some instances, there are online feedback forms set up on the Town’s website to collect feedback on certain items on the Council agenda. You can view Council agendas at CRgov.com/Council.
The Town of Castle Rock does not regulate short term rentals such as Airbnb or VRBO. However, all businesses must obtain a Town business license and pay applicable sales tax. You can find the business license application online at CRgov.com/tax.
No, you cannot install a wood burning fireplace in a new or existing structure. For more information, visit Town Municipal Code 8.28.30.
however appears to have been forgotten. There are weeds everywhere, concrete crumbling, trees half dead, and just generally dilapidated in appearance. I've heard it is getting renovated and improved but can't find any official info on the subject. Can you let us know what to expect and when? Thank you!
The Town is currently working to clean up weeds and trees under Wolfensberger Bridge, between Prairie Hawk and Park St., on a routine schedule. At this time, there are no plans to renovate the area. Business owners are responsible for the area in front of their businesses, which is enforced by the Town’s Zoning department. Entrances to The Meadows are maintained by their HOA.
Yes, the Town has acquired the gas station. Demolition, remediation and cleanup of the site will begin in the coming months. Following those actions, the Town plans to seek the Colorado Department of Transportation’s participation in interchange improvements sometime in the future.
The street, (Auburn Drive) is a disaster and I've been in numerous close call accidents and close to hitting pedestrians. There are broken down cars which never move, people parking half way in the lane, snow plow issues, etc. What is the process to make that a no parking street. The apartment is overflowing with vehicles and they need to go.
The Reserve at Castle Highlands oversees parking for their residents; the site manager enforces the parking rules set for the complex. Last year, during neighborhood meetings regarding on-street parking, staff looked at the required number of parking spaces for the apartment. We determined there were more parking spaces than required. The site manager and Castle Rock Police communicate on a regular basis about parking in this area.
Last year, discussions were held with the neighborhood on this topic. As a result, street parking was eliminated, and a bike lane added, on the west side of Auburn Drive. On the east side, street parking was eliminated in most of the road curves, near intersections and at the school bus stop.
Town Council on Dec. 18, 2018, approved a 180-day suspension on the establishment of new businesses related to kratom sales. (The action does not impact the sale, consumption nor possession of kratom.) Learn more on our webpage about the topic.
Weekend home builder signs (Richmond, KB, DRHorton, Kaufman, etc.) I have previously raised this concern to Town Council, Town Manager, Planning/Zoning and was told that the Town does not have money in the budget to enforce. I don't believe this excuse when I see the Town "blow" $1.4M on an unnecessary round about.
Town staff enforcement illegal signs during normal business hours. This topic was discussed by Town Council, and it was determined that timeframe was the best use of resources. Town staff typically will do a sweep Friday afternoon and Monday morning to stay on top of illegal signs.
Town Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Town Council can also schedule special meetings. Get details on meeting dates and times, and see what’s on the agenda, at CRgov.com/Council.
If you can’t attend in person, watch online or on TV. Town Council meetings are broadcast live at CRgov.com/WatchCouncil, where you can also find a recording of the meeting the next day. Town Council meetings are also broadcast on Channel 8 for CenturyLink subscribers and Channel 22 for Comcast Cable Subscribers several times each day.
The No Knock List allows residents to opt out of door-to-door solicitation and sales. Any issues with a solicitor not following the guidelines of the Town No Knock ordinance may be reported to the Castle Rock Police non-emergency line at 303-663-6100. If possible, contact the police while the solicitor is still in your neighborhood. Please note, civic, religious, charitable or political causes are not required to register with the Town or held accountable to the No Knock ordinance requirements. Learn more at crgov.com/NoKnock.
Flags in need of retirement can be brought to Douglas County’s Office of Veterans Affairs, which is in the basement of the County building at 301 Wilcox St.
No, Castle Rock does not have a sister city.
Challenge Hill at Philip S. Miller Park is open for one-way use. Users should walk up the stairs, then take the half-mile trail back down. Using the trail will alleviate crowding on the stairs to help with social distancing.
The Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Strategic Plan have identified the need for an additional recreation facility. The timing of a new facility will be dependent on resources and project priority. Town Council will consider a Recreation Facility Feasibility Study in the near future. Stay tuned for Council meeting details and presentation dates at CRgov.com/Agendas. Or, signup for Town Council update emails at CRgov.com/NotifyMe.
consider a public ice rink/recreation center, similar to Arvada Apex Center ? What do we need to do to be proactive about this? We seem to be proactive about putting thousands of new homes wherever there is a patch of dirt, but how about something for the community?
An indoor ice rink is something the Town may consider in its upcoming Recreation Facility Feasibility Study. Town Council will consider that study in the near future. Stay tuned for Council meeting details and presentation dates at CRgov.com/Agendas. Or, signup for Town Council update emails at CRgov.com/notifyme. In the meantime, there are two ice rinks currently planned for nearby communities – South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, and the recently announced agreement between the City of Castle Pines and Dawg Nation.
Motorized recreation vehicles, such as motorbikes, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles are not allowed on trails or open spaces. While the Town does not have a specific ordinance on electric bikes, according to State law, electric bikes or e-bikes that reach 20 mph or less can be ridden on bike, pedestrian or multi-use paths.
The Town does not currently have any plans to add a flag pole at Red Hawk Ridge
Plum Creek Golf Club Pool is a private facility. Town Council has been exploring possible options for purchasing part of the property. It’s anticipated Council will continue discussions in the future about a possible offer.
The owner has submitted an unofficial “preliminary project application” to redevelop part of the property. View that document on the Town's Development Activity Map. Part of the property would need to be rezoned in order to accommodate this preliminary plan. Town Council would have to authorize any rezoning(s) required and would have broad latitude in its decision-making on that item.
A replat is a process used to reconfigure, add or delete lots. For example, replatting can allow multiple lots to become one large lot, or one lot to become two lots. The purpose of the Rock Park replat is to create a single lot and clean up the legal description of the park.
This undeveloped land is part of the Town’s Mitchell Gulch Park. Someday, the Town would like to expand the park and improve this area. There are no formal plans at this time. Information about active development projects is on the Town's Development Activity Map.
The Town does not maintain, and has not improved, the rock scramble that is the ascent and descent to and from the top of Castle Rock. If you are a skilled climber or hiker, you can probably make it to the top. Climbing to the top is not generally illegal, but it is not recommended. You are responsible for your own safety and your decision to leave the trail.
The Rock has sheer walls that drop 50 feet or more, and falls have resulted in serious injuries and deaths. The climb down is more difficult than the climb up. Do not risk your life by depending on vegetation to stop a slip.
Climbers can be held responsible if hiking outside the park’s hours of dusk to dawn, if creating a dangerous condition such as kicking rocks off of the summit – even if on accident – or for requiring an emergency response.
Current zoning requires that the Rock remain in a natural condition. The Town does not have any plans to construct a staircase to the top.
The Town maintains the Star, a flagpole and security cameras on top of Castle Rock. Skilled workers from the Fire and Parks and Recreation departments make the climb, using safety gear as necessary, to perform needed maintenance.
The Town knows hockey and ice skating are popular in Colorado. Most ice rinks in Colorado have been built through either a public/private partnership or by a dedicated funding source, such as taxes. (Some of that is due to the cost to build and maintain them). While there has been some interest from the private sector in building a new ice rink in Castle Rock, no construction is currently planned.
One recent idea has been presented through a Preliminary Project Application. The Preliminary Project Application is not a formal application. Instead, it is a way for developers to solicit comments from Town staff regarding the required processes for a proposed project. The proposed idea would have to go through zoning, site development, construction document evaluation and erosion control processes – some of which require public hearings and neighborhood meetings.
Currently, the Downtown Development Authority has its seasonal Rink at the Rock Downtown at Fifth and Perry streets. It’s generally open each year from Starlighting in November through Presidents’ Day.
This project was proposed as a public/private partnership in 2015 between the Town of Castle Rock and Snowsports 365. At this time, the Town has not received a request from Snowsports 365 to move forward with development of facility, which is dependent on a private investment. The potential for this project still exists, but we do not have a timeframe for development.
Overall, 28 percent of Castle Rock is currently dedicated to parks and open space – either public or private. Town planners estimate that more than a third of Castle Rock’s total area will be dedicated to open space when the Town is fully built out. (View our map, which shows both current and planned parks and open space.)
Remember, what looks like open space may not be defined as open space. Some areas of Town may look like open space because there is nothing built there. In fact, many of these “open” areas of land were entitled for development in previous years – some back to the 1980s. Along with market demand, these developers are following through on the use of those entitlements.
Castle Rock is 34.31 square miles (or 21,958 acres). Here is a breakdown of parks and open space within Town:
Town-owned open space: 2,864 acres
HOA or Metro District open space: 1,444 acres
Douglas County open space: 716 acres within Town limits
Town-managed parks: 587 acres
Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course: 195 acres
Castle Rock Recreation Center: 10 acres
Private parks: 29 acres
Private recreation facilities: 68 acres
Douglas County parks within Town limits: 57 acres
Planned Town-owned parks: 252 acres
Learn about the Town’s parks and open space at CRgov.com/Parks.
Seven factors are considered when determining whether the Town should be placed under fire restrictions. These are: 1 & 2) two different evaluations of the moisture content of plant materials; 3) the current fire danger rating from the National Weather Service; 4 & 5) the resources available to fight fires and recent incidences of fires; 6) whether adverse fire conditions are predicted to continue; and 7) the local fire preparedness level as set by the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group.
If specified criteria are met related to at least three of these factors, Stage 1 restrictions are considered. Once a fourth condition is met, Stage 2 restrictions are considered. Conditions are evaluated for the Town as a whole and not for certain areas, although moisture levels may vary throughout Town given how rainfall tends to occur here.
It’s important to note that while the rapid downpours that are typical in summer in Castle Rock generally help increase the moisture level of grasses, they typically do not provide great amounts of moisture for larger, more flammable plant materials like scrub oak and trees. Additional factors including heat, relative humidity and wind also come into play when recommending fire restrictions.
CRPD officers worked 12-hour shifts to provide for double coverage on July 4. They and CRFD members working on the holiday responded to over 100 fireworks complaints.
Both Police and Fire staff faced competing demands while addressing fireworks complaints, including two serious/violent felony incidents for Police, and a dumpster fire and unauthorized burn calls and smoke investigations resulting from fireworks for Fire.
Our efforts were unable to deter every fireworks user, of course, but we were fortunate that we did not see significant fire damage in the community. Enforcing fireworks bans is difficult every year in Castle Rock – and throughout the state and country – as residents desire to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends.
To report neighborhood speeding, visit CRgov.com/Concern. When prompted to select an issue type, choose “Speeding Traffic”. The Castle Rock Police Department will be notified of your concern.
Monitoring entrance and exit traffic allows larger local businesses to accurately count and regulate the number of people in the store for the safety of the occupants. CRFD reviews and approves the modifications being developed by local businesses to ensure that all required exits are still usable.
The modifications are the store’s response to the Public Health Order and TCHD’s current social distancing best practices measures for protecting the community. These modifications have been verified to not violate the Fire and Life Safety Codes and are continually evaluated by CRFD.
Castle Rock Police Department will not issue a ticket during the one month grace period.
For signs on Town streets, the Castle Rock Police Department would be the enforcing agency. Violations can be reported to the nonemergency Police line at 303-663-6100.
Both are illegal. Vehicles must park with the flow of traffic and cannot park on the sidewalk.
Dirt bikes that are registered with the State are legal to drive on streets. As to the open space, if someone has permission from the property owner - the Meadows HOA, in this case - to use the property in that way, they may. If they do not have permission from an HOA representative, then riding in that area could be considered trespassing and/or damaging property.
With the passage of the Colorado Medical Use of Marijuana, Initiative 20 (in 2000), and the Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64 (in 2012), marijuana use (subject to certain restrictions) was legalized in the State. Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution, Section 16 (3)(d), titled “Personal Use and Regulation of Marijuana” states: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following acts are not unlawful and shall not be an offense under Colorado law or the law of any locality within Colorado or be a basis for seizure, or forfeiture of assets under Colorado law for persons twenty-one years of age or older: (d) Consumption of marijuana, provided that nothing in this section shall permit consumption that is conducted openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others. A number of Colorado statutes also govern various aspects of marijuana use. Generally, property owners are permitted to make their own choices about marijuana use on their property. However, there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account when making determinations surrounding the “legality” of marijuana use, on private property, which are driven by particularized factual circumstances. Accordingly, we are not in a position to make global statements about any specific situation. The Castle Rock Police Department is sworn to enforce the laws and it is committed to doing so.
Although no community is immune from crime, Castle Rock is a very safe community. Our crimes against persons crime rate has actually decreased since 2012.
The population of Castle Rock has grown from 51,573 in 2012 to 62,036 in 2016. During this time, the crime rate for crimes against persons, which includes crimes such as aggravated assaults and robberies, actually decreased from 1.2 crimes per thousand in 2012 to 0.79 crimes per thousand in 2016. For example, there were 7 robberies reported in 2012 versus 4 robberies reported in 2016. Aggravated assaults have stayed consistent with 29 in 2012 and 29 in 2016.
The crime rate for crimes against property has increased from 16.3 crimes per thousand in 2012 to 18.55 crimes per thousand in 2016. This increase can be attributed to retail theft, fraud and ID theft.
The Castle Rock Police Department has grown appropriately to keep up with population growth as we strive to continue to provide a high level of public safety service to the community. In 2012, Castle Rock Police had 54 officers (or 1.05 officers per thousand population) and in 2016, our department had grown to 71 officers (or 1.14 officers per thousand population.)
It is worth noting Castle Rock received recognition in May as being among the safest places in all of Colorado from LendEDU. Crime stats are published each year in CRPD’s annual report. Visit CRgov.com/police.
Here is a link to LendEDU's Safest Cities blog, with further pertinent information:
A group called the Federal Protection Agency (follow them on Facebook) provides escorts of fallen military personnel to and from Denver International Airport. Usually, they are taking the fallen member from Colorado Springs to DIA to be flown home.
Whenever this occurs, they notify all public safety agencies along the route of their estimated travel times. When possible, CRFD stands at to the overpasses to render honors as the fallen member passes through Castle Rock. Castle Rock police officers and Douglas County sheriff’s deputies also join when available, and most public safety agencies pay their respects along the entire route.
As a home rule municipality, the Town of Castle Rock has its own set of local laws and codes. It's prudent for a local government to take a look at its laws to ensure they are up to par with current legal best practices and local culture. That's why Town staff started a review of Town Code related to animals in 2017.
After conducting research and gathering public feedback, Town staff has recommendations for the Castle Rock community and Town Council to consider. One of those recommendations is to replace the current ban on Pit Bulls with a two-tired, behavior-based potentially dangerous/dangerous provision.
Town staff conducted extensive research throughout the review process and found most Colorado communities do not have breed-specific bans. Research shows breed-specific bans present a number of challenges and are difficult to enforce. That's why the team is making the recommendation to move away from a breed-specific ban to a two-tiered, behavior-based potentially dangerous and dangerous animal system. The proposed system would allow authorities to focus on the particular behavior of a dog and not it's appearance or genetic make-up.
It's important to note, the proposed system also outlines definitions for both potentially dangerous and dangerous animals. These definitions are designed to proactively manage a potentially dangerous dog, and would not necessarily require a dog to injure/bite another animal or person before being classified as potentially dangerous. Additionally, dangerous dogs would be clearly defined, and steps to remove the animal from Town limits would be outlined.
Staff has also proposed revisions to other areas of Town Code related to a variety of animals, including chickens, bees, dogs, cats, wildlife and more. It's important to note, Town Council has not made a decision. Learn more about the proposals and next steps, and provide your feedback.
traffic pattern from the construction. It is painted/marked to allow inner circle traffic to exit and outer circle traffic to continue in the roundabout. It should have been corrected and finalized by now, but I was curious when this would be done. You can look at the circles in the Promenade, or really anywhere else in the world and see that this needs to be fixed asap. I've seen many near misses, and subsequent road rage, and hope it is addressed by the original contractor soon.
The roundabout at Wolfensberger is unique to Town, as it is the only fully multi-lane roundabout in operation. Another one will soon be in use as construction wraps up on the roundabout on North Meadows Drive, near Castle View High School. When traveling in this multi-lane roundabout, the signs and stripes will help you. If you need to make a right turn, use the right lane. If you’re making a left turn or U-turn, use the left lane. To go straight, use either lane. Traffic in the outer lane should not continue around the roundabout. Current markings reflect these movements, and there are no plans to change the existing patterns. To learn more about roundabout rules and safety, visit CRgov.com/Roundabouts.
and it would appear those 1200+units going in would make it very very difficult to navigate downtown. Will there be a bypass for those who live in downtown, terrain, etc?
The Town’s Transportation Master Plan is the document that provides a guide on how the Town will work to address the additional traffic from new development. The TMP projects what future traffic conditions are expected to be with the planned growth and then identifies what roadway projects will be needed to address congestion associated with that growth. A new bypass in the vicinity of Downtown Castle Rock is not a project in the current TMP. The recommended projects from the TMP are reviewed and prioritized each year based on the available funding. The highest priority projects are included in the Town’s five-year Capital Improvement Program.
Specifically regarding Downtown, the Town initiated the Downtown Mobility Master Plan in 2018 as a follow up to the TMP to plan for future growth and its impact on Downtown. The goal of the plan was to identify transportation improvement projects that maintain mobility, reduce congestion and improve access throughout Downtown.
Some of the key recommendations identified as part of the Downtown Mobility Master Plan include a series of intersection improvements such as new roundabouts and new traffic control patterns. Similar to the larger TMP, all recommended capital projects identified in the Downtown Mobility Master Plan will need to be prioritized against other transportation needs.
You can learn more about the Transportation Master Plan at CRgov.com/Transportation and the Downtown Mobility Master Plan at CRgov.com/MoveAroundDT.
The streetlights on Highway 85, South of Meadows Parkway are in the process of switching ownership from CDOT to the Town. Before the Town is able to make necessary repairs, CDOT must reconfigure power access. The Town will continue to work with CDOT on making the lights operational.
No, the Town paused construction due to winter weather. Now that spring is upon us, the Town will be finishing final construction and landscaping. Currently, the intersection is a functioning roundabout, but more is to come.
Our neighborhoods seem to be on their own little islands. Rec trails are great for families or walking the dog, but they don't allow people to get from A to B. I've seen the master plan documents, but it seems like CR is way behind the times when it comes to transportation and it seems to be getting worse as we expand without a comprehensive plan.
Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding biking and walking in Town. The Town strongly supports being able to bike or walk to destinations in Town and surrounding communities. In 2017, the Transportation Master Plan was updated and is available to review on the Town’s website: http://www.crgov.com/1840/Transportation-Master-Plan. It shows the master planned vision which is our goal, and includes adding bike lanes and multiuse sidepaths (wide sidewalks) to a number of streets throughout Town. Wide sidepaths are wide enough to accommodate people walking or biking, which is especially important for adults or children who do not feel comfortable biking in the roadway. As guided by this plan, the Town is also constantly adding new on-street bike lanes every year as part of the Pavement Maintenance Program, which will add a new striped bike lane where one is planned and where pavement width permits. New connective routes are also added regularly. For example, the East Plum Creek Trail is currently being extended to connect Downtown with Crystal Valley Ranch area. Some roadways, bike lanes and sidewalks are planned to be through or run along undeveloped land and will become the responsibility of the developer when the parcel is developed.
Timing signals is an imperfect science, and in Castle Rock, managing that science is a partnership between the Town and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
CDOT owns and operates signals along US Highway 85, including the segment between U.S. 85 and I-25 known as Meadows Parkway. The same is true for Founders Parkway, between I-25 and Fifth Street. Some signals are pre-programmed to go with the ebb and flow of traffic, based on traffic counts and patterns during certain times of the day.
Considering the level of growth and changing traffic patterns in and around Castle Rock, the Town and CDOT have regular discussions and review traffic operations. You can learn more about the Town’s philosophy and how we measure this topic in our asset management plan on our website.
Castle Rock plans for the future of its transportation network with the Transportation Master Plan, which was updated this year. Page ES9 of the plan shows the completed street network anticipated for the Town’s full build-out. The development market will determine when full build-out occurs, which is why the Town is always planning for the future.
Specifically for Cobblestone Ranch, the Transportation Master Plan shows the existing two access roads - CO Highway 83 (Parker Road) and several other access points to CO Highway 86 (Founders Parkway) through the Terrian. While major access roads are not part of the plan, Castle Oaks Drive west of Cobblestone Ranch will be improved by the developer to include curbs and walking or biking lanes that will connect to the Terrian. The timing for all of these improvements depends on the pace of growth. With this area under construction, some of the slight delays may be coming from construction traffic, which won’t be a factor once the area is fully completed.
Generally speaking, the Town defines two types of roadwork: maintenance and capital improvement projects.
For maintenance projects, the Town takes a strategic approach through the annual Pavement Maintenance Program. Neighborhood roadwork is concentrated to one of five areas of Town on a rotating basis. This maintenance extends the life of Town roads and helps the Town get the most out of its investment in infrastructure. Learn more at CRgov.com/PMP. In 2018, the Town will also reconstruct a portion of Meadows Parkway.
Capital improvement projects are those that address safety or congestion-related concerns. They’re new lanes, new roads, etc. For example, in 2017, the Town will install a roundabout at Third and Perry streets Downtown. In the design phase are improvements to intersections at Founders Parkway and Allen Way as well as at Founders Parkway and Crowfoot Valley Road. Get details on the Town’s Capital Improvement Program at CRgov.com/CIP.
If so, will it remove all or most of these compounds? I have read that reverse osmosis tends to remove everything, but I was not sure about microfiltration.
Yes, pharmaceuticals, hormones and other non-regulated contaminants will be removed to below detectable levels by the advanced treatment processes that will be added to the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility as part of our reuse project. These processes are designed to remove many of the same types of contaminants that reverse osmosis removes. The processes we are adding include ozone treatment, biologically active carbon filtration, ultraviolet radiation and granular activated carbon filtration. These are in addition to microfiltration, which is already used as the facility. Microfiltration which is very similar to, but not quite as extensive as, reverse osmosis.
Regardless of where our water originates, Castle Rock Water must meet very strict state and federal regulations to provide clean and safe water. In fact, the wastewater treatment plant also must remove contaminants from water before releasing it into the creek, as communities downstream are already picking this water up to treat it for drinking water.
One of the reasons we are implementing reuse is that it is a more economical solution for Castle Rock. Pumping water from thousands of feet below the surface, or from sources far away, is more expensive than using water we already own and within our community. Projections indicate we may still need to raise rates slowly over time, but at a much smaller pace than if we were to use imported renewable water supplies.
Reusewater is a safe, sustainable and economical water source for the community thatCastle Rock Water has beenplanning for since 2006. There was not a vote held on this, but rather years ofplanning to secure the community’s long-term water future. Planning documents can befound at CRgov.com/WaterPlans, and the public is invited to attend the monthly WaterCommission meetings to learn more aboutlong-term water. Reuse water is the wave of the future, and as all water isrecycled, this transition is a natural process. It is estimated that all SouthMetro communities will be using reuse water by 2050. Most communities arealready recycling water, as this treated wastewateris allowed to flow downstream to be picked up for drinking water treatment.Instead of allowing cities downstream to use this water that we have paid for,we will be recapturing it. While water demand is a factor, reuse water andtransitioning to a renewable water are necessary for a sustainable future,regardless of growth. Reusing supplies allows for a more locally controlled,drought-resistant andenvironmentally sound water supply.
Sellars Gulch is a surface stream that flows into East Plum Creek. The stream has natural flows that come from rain and snow, sprinkler systems, and natural surface springs. Surface streams, like Sellars Gulch, are a dynamic system that lose and gain water as they travel downstream. Sellars Gulch is wet around Festival Park, but then dips below ground. The water spreads among the sand and gravel underground, but then can be extracted as a drinking water supply downstream. Water that exists in the sand and gravel adjacent to a surface stream below ground is called an alluvial aquifer.
We are being proactive and asking for your help. Every year before summer, Castle Rock Water prepares a Summer Demand Plan, which helps predict what the summer water supply demand will look like. This plan takes into account new water supplies, weather projections and other changes in our community.
The recent hot, dry weather and lack of rain has resulted in East Plum Creek, one of our renewable water sources in Castle Rock, dropping to record low levels. Our proactive approach to conservation during this hot weather, is about peak demand on our systems. Castle Rock Water has a deep groundwater supply. And now, we also have renewable water. Still, we want to be mindful of all of our resources.
What does peak demand mean? Imagine four people in your house all taking long, hot showers at the same time – all while the dishwasher and laundry machine runs on the hot cycle. The hot water heater cannot keep up with the demand all at once, so next time, you may reduce the time in the shower ¬– much like we are asking residents, HOAs, and businesses to do with outside watering.
Lately, residents, HOAs and commercial customers have been using more water than normal. Typical water usage over the summer is about 12.4 million gallons per day. (Typical water usage outside of summer/irrigation months averages approximately 4 million gallons per day.) The past few weeks, the community has been using up to 16.5 million gallons daily. That’s a 25 percent increase, and it’s putting stress on our system during peak times. It’s not that we’re running out of water, it’s that our infrastructure cannot keep up with the peak demand.
For Castle Rock Water it means at certain times of the day the water in our storage tanks is being used by outdoor watering faster than the tanks are being filled. To keep up with that demand, Castle Rock Water is asking residents to be mindful of their outdoor water use. Additionally, HOAs and commercial customers are being placed on a three-day-per-week watering schedule.
What does this mean for you? Help us be proactive in managing our water resources. Stick to the every-third-day watering schedule and work to reduce usage by at least 20 percent. That means if you are watering 10 minutes per cycle, cut back to 8 minutes. That’s really all your lawn needs! Additionally, residents can water between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., and commercial customers can water between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Keep in mind, if you water in the middle of the day, temperatures are so hot, you can lose up to 50 percent of that water due to evaporation.
Most importantly - you don’t need to water every day. Being efficient with your outdoor watering can help your landscape be healthy and save water.
If you’re looking for more ways to cut back, Castle Rock Water will be adding additional funds to the rebate program. Head to CRconserve.com for more conservation tips or to apply for the rebate program.
No, but our rates are a result of the local challenges related to water in our semi-arid region. Like most South Metro communities, Castle Rock is transitioning from a deep groundwater, nonrenewable supply to a renewable supply from snow and rain. This will ensure a sustainable water source for the future. See how we compare to Front Range providers and see how one study compares water and sewer rates nationally. Keep in mind that comparing water bills is not easy, as every water provider is different. For instance, one reason a water bill from Denver Water is less than Castle Rock Water is that it is for drinking water service only. Separate bills (or property taxes imposed) are required for wastewater and stormwater in some other communities. Rates and fees are analyzed and adjusted annually, and this plan is reviewed by a resident-driven, open-meeting Water Commission.
With recent changes over the last several years, developers are required to utilize landscaping materials designed for our semi-arid environment. For example, Kentucky Bluegrass is not allowed on common spaces and, in 2018, it is no longer allowed anywhere for new development in the Town – including on residential lots. Developers must follow our landscape criteria manual with prescribed low-water-use plants and irrigation practices.
While we are high, mountain desert, we don’t call it desert-scape. We don’t even call it xeriscape. These terms give the idea of rock and cactus. While beautiful, this is not the native Colorado landscape. Castle Rock advocates “Coloradoscape,” with a variety of colorful, low-water-use plants, accented by boulders and organic mulch.
Castle Rock Water has been purchasing water rights in areas of the South Platte River watershed for the last five years as part of our long-term water supply strategic master plan. We are also working on projects to fully reuse all of the water the Town already owns the legal right to use. While we work to build infrastructure (pipes, tanks, plants, etc.) to use that water, Castle Rock leases the water to other entities in order to maximize revenues, to help offset the costs to our customers for developing these water supplies. Our goal is to keep rates as low as we can while still ensuring we have a healthy water supply, updated infrastructure and sustainable water future.
Please visit CRgov.com/tax for the proper applications. Contact the Sales Tax Division at towntax@CRgov.com or 303-660-1397.
They are not intended, nor designed, to alert people in houses, businesses or vehicles of tornado warnings. Most outdoor warning systems in place in Colorado today are remnants of the old civil defense siren system.
Outdoor warning systems are expensive. Based on the model that says one siren covers 1 mile, the Town would need a minimum of 33 sirens at a cost of about $35,000 each, or $1.16 million. That amount does not include annual maintenance and fees.
To be prepared in the event of tornadic activity, the Town recommends that each homeowner and business purchase a NOAA weather radio. A good radio costs $25 and $50 and can be purchased at local stores. Some even are portable. These radios will alert you to any severe weather, not just tornadoes.
Residents also can register with a number of free services on the Internet to have severe weather alerts sent to their mobile devices.
These steps will ensure that you get notified of severe weather whether you are at home, work or outdoors. Preparedness begins with the individual, and these are two easy steps to be more prepared.
The testing process to become a firefighter includes practical job-related tests (fire-based and EMS-based), peer and Chief’s interview panels and successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test offered by the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department, South Metro Fire / Rescue or equivalent CPAT certificate. Offers of employment are contingent on successful criminal history check, reference check, fit-for-duty physical, driving record check and previous employer check.
The Fire and Rescue Department only accepts applications during specified posting times annually, which are posted on this website. The Fire and Rescue Department does not accept applications on an ongoing basis. Applications received during non-specified posting times with not be accepted. Please check this website for updates on employment opportunities with the Fire and Rescue Department.
All group classes have a minimum of three participants. Preschool classes have a maximum of four participants and many youth classes have a maximum of four participants. Our advanced swimmers in upper level Youth classes max at six participants.
Please call our Aquatic Programming Specialist at 720-733-2283 or Learn to Swim Coordinator at 720-733-4485 before the session starts. Once a session has begun, refunds will not be granted. There will be a 10% cancellation fee charged for any class cancelled within three days of the start of a session.
Dedicated and known public open space, school and park properties generally have formal Town signs explaining the intended use. Yet, sometimes, even these uses change and real estate professionals – even very knowledgeable ones – may not know about recent developments or unusual agreements. Therefore, always feel free to call the Planning Division directly with questions regarding vacant land near your prospective home, 303-660-1393.
Our Planning Division can help you determine what the zoning is for your neighborhood and nearby areas, plus what the definitions allow – call 303-660-1393.
Town services primarily are paid for by municipal sales tax, which is 3.9 percent of the 7.9 percent paid in local sales tax. Therefore, the Town encourages residents to ensure quality services by shopping locally.
For our technicians’ safety, please ensure: 1) all pets are secured2) an adult (18 or older) is present in the home3) the meter is easily accessible
Keep in mind, even though your water meter may be located within your property, it belongs to the Town. Tampering or damage to the meter is prohibited and reasonable access to this meter is required. (Municipal Code 13.12.050)
Do not shut your water off at the street (this valve is the property of the Town and should not be tampered with.) Especially during cold weather, do not remove the lid for the meter pit as it will allow the warm air to escape and colder air in, potentially causing additional problems.
If you need an emergency shut-off at the curb stop or meter pit, call 720-733-6000 during standard business hours or Castle Rock Police at 303-663-6100 after business hours.
• Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall of the house. This small amount of water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing.• Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks near exterior walls.• Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees. • Insulate pipes in your home's crawl space and attic. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Insulation, heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables can help.• Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located (e.g. electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes).• Disconnect garden hoses.
If your water pipes are frozen, or if there is only a trickle, try some of the helpful tips listed below before calling a plumber:
• Locate where the water comes into your home - basement, crawl space or garage. Is there heat to that area? Is the vent to your water closet (where your water heater is located) open? • Open a faucet, let a trickle run. If there is no water at all, leave the faucet open, but make sure the drains are clear. • Open your cabinet doors to let heat in on your pipes. A small space heater can help. • Run a hair dryer on your pipe so heat can dispense through your plumbing system.
If you are completely out of water after trying these steps, call us at 720-733-6000.
We know how difficult it can be to finalize your party guest list in advance. All party packages are designed and priced for up to 10 kids, with an additional $5 per child over 10. Please let your party host know when you arrive on the day of your party if you have more than 10 kids. They are happy to set up for your additional guests and verify additional charges.
Children between the ages of 1-17 are included in your party attendee count. Additional admission information is available at CRgov.com/MAC.
You will have access to your party room as soon as your party host is able to complete set up for you. Please be courteous and watch your scheduled time, as there is most likely another party scheduled after yours. We want to make sure everyone is able to enjoy their scheduled times.
You are welcome to bring in table top decorations for your party if you wish, however you are not permitted to hang anything on the walls, windows or ceiling. We will provide colored tablecloths, plates and balloons. There will also be forks, napkins, and a choice of bottled water or juice boxes, all chosen at time of booking.
You are more than welcome to bring in food or drinks, however you are asked to keep this in the party room. NO alcohol is allowed in the facility.
You are welcome to have food delivered for your party.
No. Inflatable toys, flotation devises, mermaid tails, and confetti are not allowed in the pool area. Children age 7 and under need to be accompanied by an adult in the water.
Yes, you will need to provide your own towels.
Your party hostess will handle set up and clean up for your party. Please be sure to check in with them when you arrive. They will check you into the facility, direct you for your planned activities and/or provide you with any needed wristbands, stamps, etc. We hope that you have a wonderful party experience. Your host will check on you throughout your party and clean up afterward.
30 people. The tables seat 24 children. Extra tables are not allowed to be brought into the party rooms.
In order to receive a full refund, parties must give notice of cancellation at least two weeks before the rental date. Parties cancelled within two weeks will be rescheduled.
1. Fines and costs are written at the bottom of the ticket
2. Or, you have already been to court Pay ticket here
The due date for payment, a class, and/or community service is written on the sentencing summary sheet you received at court. If you do not have your sentencing summary, please call the court at 303-663-6133.
The clerks for the Municipal Court can change your hearing date one time and no more than 30 days after the original date. You must call the court at 303-663-6133 to inquire about changing your hearing date.
We do not take payments over the phone. You can come to court and pay with cash, check, or a credit/debit card. We do not take checks for restitution, outstanding judgment and warrant, and/or default judgment payments. You may mail in checks and money orders to the Municipal Court at 100 Perry St, Castle Rock, CO 80104. You can also pay online at citepayusa.com.
Please contact the court by email or at 303-663-6133 for any inquiry's concerning extensions.
When a sign is approved, the following guidelines apply: • The (Deaf/Blind) Child Area sign shall be placed in accordance with the guidelines in the MUTCD •The sign placement will be reviewed every two years to insure that the criteria stated above still applies • The sign(s) will be removed when the child becomes 18 years of age • The requester of the sign shall be responsible for notifying the Town of Castle Rock traffic engineer if the child is no longer living at the address for which the signs were placed• The requester of the sign shall recognize that these signs are supplemental signs for warning purposes only and do not carry full protection for the child
Crosswalk markings are not needed at intersections where legal crosswalks exist in order for them to be enforced. This is an important distinction to be kept in mind and is the guiding principal for the establishment of these guidelines. Markings should be limited to locations where legal crosswalks don’t already exist in order to create one and at intersections with legal crosswalks only when additional supplemental treatments are added to increase safety.
Standard locations that are marked are uncontrolled approaches, stop sign-controlled approaches, traffic signals on all approaches, school zone crosswalks and safe routes to school. All other locations are engineer-reviewed following the Crosswalk Marking Guidelines.
Picnic pavilions and play fields may be reserved at select Town parks. Pavilion reservation requests must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the date requested. All other park amenities may be used on a first-come, first-served basis. Park picnic pavilions rental fees: 1-50 people - $50 per block 51-100 people - $100 per block Park picnic pavilions are available for rental at: Bison Park, Butterfield Crossing Park, Centennial Park, Founders Park, Rock Park, Matney Park, Mosman Pavilion at Metzler Ranch Community Park, Philip S. Miller Park (special rate applies), Rhyolite Regional Park and Wrangler Park.
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48-72 hours prior to work beginning on your street, you will receive a bright, green notification on your front door. This door hanger will notify you about temporary inconveniences, such as parking off of your street and blocked driveway access. If work is delayed due to weather or other issues, you will receive a new door hanger with updates. No Parking signs will also be placed on your street 24 hours ahead of construction, along with electronic message boards 3-5 days before work begins.
Please contact Public Works at 720-733-2462 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to report any property damage. Public Works will respond to your request within 2 business days and corrections will be completed by the contractor within 7 business days.
Sidewalks will still be accessible and golf carts will be available for drop off to resident’s homes while street access is blocked, if needed or desired by the resident.
Please contact Public Works at 720-733-2462 or at email@example.com to provide feedback or ask questions. Near the end of the roadwork season, usually around September, a survey will be sent to your home and we greatly appreciate your response to help us continue to improve our program and serve you better.
The Town is investing $11 million in the Pavement Maintenance Program in 2020. The funding is primarily from the Transportation Fund, which includes revenues from sales tax, motor vehicle tax and building use tax.
Licenses are required for dogs, not cats. Any person owning, keeping or having custody of any dog older than 6 months must obtain a license. To obtain a license, call Castle Rock Animal Care and Control, 303-663-6100, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. More information, including the license application, may be found on the Police webpage, CRgov.com/Police.
Exceptions: • Have a signed note from parents or legal guardian • Be in transit from legal employment
• Crimes reported through the system should be non-emergencies, occur within Town limits, and have no known suspects. Incidents occurring along Interstate 25 or on a state highway are not eligible, as those are pursued by Colorado State Patrol. In addition, crimes occurring in the unincorporated Douglas County areas are also not eligible, as those are handled by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.• All reports filed using the system are reviewed by a police officer and receive the same investigation and statistical analysis as if the report had been filed by an officer. If further review is needed, an officer will contact the person who filed the report. ePoliceReporting
Call the Castle Rock Police Department's property and evidence technician, 303-660-7558. Or, check a list of lost and found property on the Police webpage, CRgov.com/Police.
For specific questions about the program or application process, please contact Debora Lewis at 303-663-6110. You may also follow the link below for more information about this program. Victim Advocate information
The Police Department no longer provides fingerprinting services in response to Senate Bill 17-189. For additional information on where you can obtain applicant fingerprint services, visit the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s website.
At this time, the Town of Castle Rock does not require a permit for home security systems.
If your dog is licensed Castle Rock Animal Control would have your address and contact information. Many un-licensed pets are dropped off at the Castle Rock Buddy Center, which would be a good place to start.
Document the barking on your audio/visual device and call Castle Rock Animal Control (the dog must be barking for 10 minutes or more).
Yes, there are no longer breed specific restrictions. Restriction are now based on the dog’s behavior.
No, they are only permitted off leach in designated off leash parks.
No, physical leashes are required up to 10 feet long.
Most local Animal Clinics have applications on site or you can find it on the Town of Castle Rock Website.
No, cats no longer need to be licensed.
Yes, up to 8 (no Roosters) and check with your Home Owners Association as community by-laws may prohibit.
Priority 1Streets classified as arterials, major collectors, commercial/industrial and commercial business areas. These typically are high-volume streets that connect major sections of Town and provide access for emergency fire, police and medical services.
Priority 2Streets classified as minor collectors and school bus routes or roads providing access to schools.
Priority 3Low-volume and residential streets.
Priority 4Cul-de-sacs and alleyways.
Stop signs are installed at intersections when an engineering evaluation indicates the installation is appropriate. They are installed where a minor street enters a major street, on a street entering a highway or where a combination of restricted view and accident history indicates a need.
Federal and state regulations require the installation of all traffic control devices, including stop signs, to follow the guidelines in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The manual dictates the size, shape and color of all traffic control signs. This manual has guidelines for installing signs in order to create uniformity from state to state, which makes it easier to drive in places you have never visited before.
Similarly, many people believe installing stop signs on all approaches to an intersection will result in reduced speeding or fewer accidents.
There is no real evidence to indicate that stop signs decrease the overall speed of traffic. In fact, impatient drivers view the additional delay caused by unwarranted stop signs as lost time to be made up by driving at higher speeds between stop signs. Again, if problems with speeding exist, stricter enforcement should be sought from appropriate law enforcement authorities.
When signals are irregularly spaced, providing progression can be a very difficult task. On some streets, full two-way progression is only possible for very short stretches. Good coordination plans must be updated whenever traffic volumes increase or new signals are added.
Despite the difficulties, good signal coordination benefits include reduced auto air pollutant emissions, reduced delay for drivers, improved roadway efficiency and decreased fuel consumption.
Fixed-time signals are set for average conditions and change at predetermined time intervals.
Traffic-actuated signals use motion-detectors, which look like cameras, to detect the presence of vehicles at an intersection and adjust the timing for optimal traffic flow. Learn more about signals
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• Early every Friday morning for the downtown and retail / business areas. • Residential areas are swept about once every 90 days. • Main routes are swept when necessary, like after snow events. • Specialty sweeping occurs near construction areas, transportation spills or traffic accident clean-ups, as required.
Like stop signs, speed bumps are perceived as an easy solution to speeding. But speed bumps also have limitations. Contacting law enforcement should be your first step if you have concerns about consistent speeding on a particular street.
Speed bumps, when properly located, can be a useful traffic-control device. However, their installation must be carefully evaluated.
At signalized intersections where there is a pedestrian signal, cross when the "walk" or walking pedestrian symbol lights up. A flashing "don't walk" or upraised hand symbol means that if you haven’t yet entered the intersection, it’s too late to cross the street before the traffic signal changes. A steady "don't walk" or a steady upraised hand signal means it’s too late to begin crossing. Don’t enter the street, but quickly finish crossing if you already have started.
Standard locations that are marked are uncontrolled approaches, stop sign controlled approaches, traffic signals on all approaches, school zone crosswalks and safe routes to school. All other locations are engineer reviewed following the Crosswalk Marking Guidelines.
With the start of the new decade, the Parks and Recreation Department has decided to completely modernize their point of sale system. The Department strives for excellent customer service. The new POS system will streamline all previously offered services; combining all membership, pro shop, registration, senior specialized programs, athletics and group fitness services into one easy system. This means a new, user-friendly experience, both online and in person. The new system will also run concurrently with a mobile app, compatible with IOS and Android devices.
Along with the new registration system, the Department will also be accepting all major credit cards, including American Express and Discover, as well as chipped cards, “tap” cards and Apple and Google Pay.
In order to ensure only the most accurate and current data is entered into the new system, the Department decided to only transfer over the information of members who had active memberships as of December of last year. Even with this stipulation in place, the Department still transferred approximately 10,000 members from our old registration software into the new system.
In order to be put into the system, please be ready to share current information. Members must bring in a Town of Castle Rock water bill to prove their residency. Both paper and online bills are acceptable. The system requires a current and valid name, birthday, address, phone number and email. Please note that all members will need to have their picture retaken in the interest of safety and security.
Members are welcome to bring in their old ID cards for disposal. New member cards are available, with bar codes instead of magnetized strips. No need to bring your entire wallet—new member cards also come with two keychain-sized cards for easy access. Once you’ve downloaded the mobile app, members can also use the bar code affiliated with their member profile to scan for entry.
Yes. Until the transition is fully complete, staff will still have access to the data from the old registration system. Please note that with the new operating system, punch cards will now have an expiration date of two years past the date of purchase. Legacy punch cards from the old registration will still be honored.
Due to the parameters of the new registration system, only members with an active membership may use the self check-in at the Recreation Center. To check in with a punch card, please speak with a staff member.
Yes! These specialized senior programs will now be integrated into the new registration system. Senior members in the Silver Sneakers, Silver&Fit or Renew Active programs will need to be entered into the system in order to take advantage of these programs. Senior members in these programs will receive a new member card, and will be able to use the self check-in at the Recreation Center. In order to be put into the system, members must bring in a Town of Castle Rock water bill to prove their residency, either paper or online bills are acceptable. The system requires a current and valid name, birthday, address, phone number and email. Please note that all members will need to have their picture retaken in the interest of safety and security. Specialized senior programs also require a unique code. Please contact your insurance company and bring in this code to front desk staff in order to start this specialized membership. Front desk staff may assist in retrieving this code only if they have all required information, especially an email. If you cannot provide all relevant information, please contact your insurance company for assistance.
It’s simple. We want to share the many benefits of shopping locally, including places to do so, such as your business. We’ll feature reasons to shop here in Town along with local businesses on our social media, in print, with video and on our website.Facebook: Facebook.com/CRgovTwitter: @CRgovInstagram: @CRGOV
As a Town focused on character, your unique business is vital. You’re part of Castle Rock’s fabric and small-Town feel. At the same time, the Town relies heavily on sales tax to fund police, fire, snow removal, roadwork, parks maintenance and other services our community needs.You see, residents pay, on average, just $35 per year in property tax. That funds about 17 days of fire and police services. Funding for the rest of Town services for the rest of the year is from sales tax.
Simply let us take photos and use them on various platforms. Then, share our social media posts using #ShopLocalCR! You might even consider promoting a deal of your own. Consumers who know their dollar goes a bit further in Castle Rock are more likely to shop, dine or be entertained here.
Nope! Local business owner and photographer Nick Lucey will be out photographing local businesses for the campaign. All we ask is that you’re open to photos being used.
Town Code requires all businesses and residential property owners and/or tenants to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 48 hours of each snow event, with 2 inches or more of accumulation. If you live on a corner, snow removal is required on both sidewalks - in the front and on the side of your property. Residents should also keep curbs and gutters free of ice, to allow drainage and prevent buildup.
For safety and efficiency, plow drivers cannot change plow directions based on the street. Especially when snow is actively falling, it is not possible for them to choose a specific side of a narrow, residential street. Town priority is to plow residential roads from the center outward, providing one passable lane, placing snow along the side. This prevents favoring one side over another and is time efficient.
The Town has invested in two ice-breaking attachments to address major ice buildup issues. Residents can request ice breaking in a specified area by reaching out to Roads@CRgov.com or 720-733-2462. Public Works will evaluate icy areas of Town and prioritize treatment in the same manner as plowing, starting with priority no. 1 streets, and by looking at the severity of the buildup and traffic volume. With the amount of sunny days in Colorado, some icy areas will be lest to melt on their own.
Snow is never intentionally dumped onto cleared driveways and sidewalks; however, it will happen as plows move quickly. To help with the issue, pile snow onto the grass rather than the street, and continue to clear driveways as plows visit your neighborhood. Snow that is piled on the street will likely be pushed back into your driveway by a plow.
Senior citizens and persons with disabilities who are unable to clear snow from their sidewalks may receive assistance from the following organizations:
Downtown has its own plow route. Plow drivers will clear a lane in each direction, with snow pushed to the middle. If a significant storm occurs, trucks and a snow blower will haul away snow. More often, plow drivers will slush out the snow, moving it back and forth across the road to help it melt. It is recommended that businesses choose one parking stall on each block to pile snow into, so the rest remain available for use.
Ahead of a storm, the Town uses a product called Torch. It is a proprietary blend of salt water, complex sugars and a small amount of rust inhibitor. Treating roads before a storm helps prevent icing, especially on elevated roadways and bridge decks. Cold, dry conditions are best for pretreatment, as precipitation washes the mixture away.
The Town has 13 plow trucks, 10 4x4 trucks with front plows, three front-end loaders, a snow blower and a motor grader. All of these vehicles work together depending on the significance of the storm.
Food is permitted. Soft sided coolers only - no large coolers. No glass containers will be allowed inside.
A low profile beach lawn chair or blanket to sit on is recommended.
Parking is available at Philip S. Miller Park.
Music starts at 6:30 PM. Gates open one hour before showtime.
This is a rain or shine event. We do not allow umbrellas into the venue, so please wear proper rain gear.
No, please bring your picnic basket for your family.
Only service animals are allowed into the ticketed concerts.
Large Coolers/Hard-Sided Coolers (soft-sided coolers only)
Glass of any kind
Pets, except service animals
Noisemakers or air horns
The Amphitheater is best suited for low profile beach chairs and chairs less than 37" in height. While we do our best to get this message out, people still show up with higher chairs. Because we do not want to send anyone away, we do our best to accommodate every person. If you bring in a higher chair, you may be asked to sit on the sides of the venue so you do not block the view of someone else. Please be patient and see an Event Staff member if you need assistance with a blocked view issue. We will do our best to make everyone comfortable.
Yes, you may re-enter the venue, but will be subject to bag check.
Attendees are asked to wear face coverings during the check in process and while walking around the event.
Section 8 of the Temporary Erosion and Sediment Control Manual (TESC) provides information on residential drainage regulations for all residential lot construction. Refer to Section 8.4 for minimum drainage requirements for finished grade.
The Town requires landscaping to be installed within six months after occupancy. This includes both front and back yard landscaping.
The Town contracts with Vector Disease Control for mosquito control. To submit a mosquito annoyance complaint or request information on the Town's mosquito control program, please contact Vector at 877-276-4306 or email Colorado@vdci.net.
Refer to our brochure for troubleshooting facts and suggestions to address excessive water, ice and algae growth concerns. To inquire about our chase drain program, please call the Stormwater Hotline, 720-733-2235. Excessive Water brochure.
Recognize potential illegal discharges! Only stormwater is allowed down the drain. When considering what may go down the "gutter," remember it is anything you would be comfortable drinking or swimming in. Report accidental and illegal dumping into the storm drainage system to the Stormwater Hotline, 720-733-2235. Call 911 immediately if you suspect hazardous or life-threatening substances. For a list of allowable discharges, refer to the Town Municipal Code Chapter 4.03.080 in the link below.
A drainage swale is an engineered drainage feature, which the builder creates for the purpose of protecting the structure. View an illustration of a swale and Section 8 of our TESC Manual for additional information.
You can register to vote online at Go Vote Colorado. To register in person, go to the Douglas County Elections Office at 125 Stephanie Place in Castle Rock.
Regular and special elections are conducted by mail ballot in Colorado. Ballots are mailed to registered voters at the address associated with their voter registration.
There are seven election districts within the Town of Castle Rock. View the map and enter your home address to determine your election district.
RTD south-most endpoint. Thanks!
The Town does support giving rides to seniors through the Castle Rock Senior Center. Rides are offered up to Lincoln Avenue in Lone Tree. With, the Southeast Light Rail stop extension opening later this month at the Ridgegate Station, the Senior Center will offer rides there as well. For more information on how to register for the senior shuttle, visit https://www.crgov.com/1864/Transportation-Services or call the Castle Rock Senior Center at 303-688-9498.
In addition, the Neighborhood Network offers seniors in Douglas County rides to various locations including south Denver. For more information contact Neighborhood Network at 303-814-4300.
In the future, the CDOT Bustang transit service plans to open a stop in Castle Rock with the nearest stop at the Arapahoe light rail station. The timing of this new service is currently unknown.
Backflow is caused by backpressure (pressure on the house side of the meter is greater than the supply side) or by backsiphonage (negative pressure causing substances to be sucked into the supply lines). Backsiphonage (the effect is like a soda straw) can occur when a leak, line break or heavy usage causes the pressure in water lines to drop below the pressure in other areas of a home. Both cause a reversal of normal water flow, possibly drawing contaminated water into the public water supply system.
Sources include: cooking oil, butter, margarine, lard, shortening, gravy, sauces, sour cream, mayonnaise and oil from cooked meats. Here are some tips to keep your drains fat-free:• Use paper towels to wipe greasy dishes before washing.• Use sink strainers to catch food waste during washing.• Put food scraps in the compost or in the trash.• Use a container, and store this waste in the freezer. Then, put it in the trash after it has hardened.• Never pour grease down the drain or into a toilet.• Paper items, feminine products, baby wipes and disinfecting wipes should not be disposed of down the toilet.
Town Council has been advocating for a responsible and rapid reopening of local businesses. On May 20, Mayor Gray, with the complete support of Town Council, sent a letter to Governor Polis requesting that Castle Rock’s businesses be allowed to reopen as soon as possible while self-managing the safety protocols they deem best for their employees and customers, with input from the State health department.
With the full support of Town Council, Mayor Gray worked with the Douglas County Commissioners and Mayors to draft suggestions and plans for the reopening of Douglas County, including Castle Rock. This information was shared with Tri-County Health Department and the State as part of our request to reopen Castle Rock and Douglas County. The request was approved on May 22.
Castle Rock is subject to Governor Polis’ current public health orders; however, as mentioned above, Mayor Gray and Town Council continue to advocate for the rapid and safe reopening of businesses.
The Town has been meticulous in following the guidelines regarding the services and amenities provided by the Town. Additionally, The Town also has been actively involved in education about public health guidelines.
Discuss real solutions to slowly open the economy in a way that doesn’t fuel a second spike, getting businesses and citizens to work together to make as many people feel safe to shop and spend as possible, and a flexible plan to expand and contract commerce when/if there’s a COVID resurgence in 20/21?
The Town has allocated over $265,000 in grants and loans to assist small businesses in Castle Rock recognizing this economic harm coming from the pandemic. There were no stipulations on how the grant money was to be used, and the funds were awarded without any further conditions.
The Town continues to encourage everyone to follow the public health orders as it advocates for changes that safely open up businesses as soon as possible. The Town is working with the Castle Rock Chamber, the Downtown Business Alliance and the Castle Rock Economic Development Council to identify opportunities to help businesses open. For instance, the Town is allowing restaurants, bars and similar businesses to apply to temporarily expand their outdoor seating areas to serve additional customers while maintaining social distancing requirements. If a contraction is needed due to a COVID resurgence, we’re better prepared as a result of the measures we’ve already taken and what we’ve learned along the way.
Reuse water involves producing safe drinking water from wastewater. After water is used in our homes and businesses, it goes down the drain and is sent to the wastewater treatment plant. There, contaminants are removed and the water is released, in our case, into East Plum Creek. This water will then be picked back up from the creek, and sent to Plum Creek Water Purification Facility where it will undergo traditional and Advanced Treatment processes. This purified drinking water will be distributed to homes and businesses throughout Castle Rock.
Reusing water is one of the most cost-effective, environmentally sound and sustainable methods of water supply that there is. Castle Rock is diversifying its sources to ensure a strong water future. We currently get water from underground aquifers and our local East Plum Creek. Reuse water will allow these sources to recharge. We also import water, and while it is a great supply, this is expensive. The cost for reuse water is considerably less than many other sources. Reuse water will make up about 1/3 of all water supply for the Town beginning in 2020.
All drinking water that is distributed to homes must meet strict local, state and federal regulations for drinking water standards, regardless of where the water originates. With reuse water becoming more common, additional scientifically-proven treatment processes, like Advanced Treatment, are put in place. Advanced Treatment addresses contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products that can get into local creeks and rivers. Advanced Treatment will make water more pure than current standards. Reuse water and all drinking water is tested daily to ensure it is safe to drink. Customers can take a tour of the treatment facility and also view water quality test results.
Advanced Treatment is a multi-barrier process designed to eliminate contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products. This treatment is in addition to the traditional treatment processes which, by local, state and federal law, must already meet safe drinking water standards. Having several treatment processes addresses different contaminants and provide redundancies. Advanced treatment has proven to completely eliminate difficult to remove common compounds like sucralose, an artificial sweetener, ensuring similar, less prevalent and easier to remove compounds like amphetamines, opiods and other pharmaceuticals are also eliminated to below detectable levels. Advanced Treatment processes are being added to the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility in 2018-2020.
It isn’t—water reuse already happens. Usually water that has been treated from the wastewater treatment plant is released into the nearby stream. Communities downstream then pick that water up and transport it to a drinking water treatment plant, where it is treated, tested and then distributed for use within the home or business. To address water rights and concerns for biological and pharmaceutical contaminants, regulations and processes specifically for reuse water are being developed.
Yes--molecularly speaking, anyway. The same water that exists today also did when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. All water on earth is recycled in some way. Treatment processes just speed up and focus those natural purification processes.
Water reuse purification facilities are popping up all over the world and some communities have used reuse water for more than four decades. Potable reuse in the U.S. Locally, Aurora began using reuse water in 2010 with the installation of the Prairie Water project which supplies 50 million gallons of potable reuse water per day to Aurora and surrounding communities. (Some of our WISE water is from Prairie Waters.) It is estimated that by 2065 almost 30 percent of water consumed in all South Metro communities will be from reuse.
Hard water is created when water moves through soil and rock dissolving small amounts of naturally occurring minerals. These minerals primarily include calcium and magnesium which are nutrients frequently found in food. Hard water is not a health concern and thus water providers typically do not treat for it. Front Range communities, like Castle Rock, have Moderately Hard to Hard water.
While Castle Rock Water does not advocate using water softeners due to the amount of salt that can impact the wastewater system, hardness settings for Castle Rock are between 6.6 to 10.8 GBG or 108 to 125 ppm.
This white residue is most likely a result of the hardness of the water. The Moderately Hard to Hard water found in Castle Rock contains naturally occurring calcium and magnesium ions. These minerals are not removed from the water and are actually essential minerals our bodies need. The white spots on glassware or other fixtures are caused by the calcium. Adding a rinse aid to the dishwasher may help eliminate the white film and appliance discoloration.
Having an in-home water filter in Castle Rock is not necessary. We conduct daily, quarterly and annual testing throughout the year to analyze the quality of water throughout the water treatment and distribution process. Castle Rock Water continues to meet or exceed water quality requirements making your tap water safe to drink. Using an in-home water filter is a personal choice.
Bottled water is considered a food product and is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Bottled water is not as heavily regulated or tested as tap water. Water utilities are required to publicly provide water quality reports while bottled water companies are not. Some bottled water companies actually use tap water as their source.