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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. Get details on the Citizen Advisory Committee and sign up for updates at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee, or read a mailer sent to the community.
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.
Learn more about the election and draft mailer at CRgov.com/2017SpecialElection.
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.
Sign up for email updates at CRgov.com/MeadowsParkway
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.