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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.
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.
The Pine Canyon property is currently zoned in Douglas County as Agriculture One (A1) and is not within Town municipal borders. This property is currently going through a review process with Development Services. The latest submittal to the Town on this proposed project was received in November 2017. This is the ninth proposal related to this property that has been submitted over the course of many years.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.) The applicant currently proposes to annex into the Town and change the zoning to allow for a mix of single-family and multifamily housing (up to 1,320 dwellings). The proposal also includes 133 acres of open space and 57 acres of land for public use (schools, parks, etc.) The proposal also includes up to 40,000 square feet of non-residential development, such as offices, retail stores and restaurants on the east side of I-25, and up to 775,000 square feet of non-residential development on the west side of I-25.As part of this process, public hearings are required at various stages, including presentations to both the Planning Commission and Town Council. All public hearing dates are posted online at CRgov.com/Notices. The applicant is required to send letters to homeowners in the area (within 300 feet), and there will be a yellow public notice sign placed on the property. There are no public hearings scheduled for this proposal at this time. Due to public interest about this annexation proposal, the community is invited to an open house to learn about the proposal and to ask questions. Save the date- Monday, Feb. 12, from 6-8 p.m. at Town Hall, 100 North Wilcox Street, Second Floor.More information and all the proposal documents are online.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 phases during 2017 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.
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.
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 will advise Council on:
Applications for the committee are now being accepted at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee. 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.
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.
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.
Please let your party hostess 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.
Additional admission information is available at CRgov.com/MAC.
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.
We will provide colored tablecloths, plates and balloons. There will also be forks, cups, napkins, and a choice of soda or juice, all chosen at time of booking.
We hope that you have a wonderful party experience. If you feel generous and would like to tip your party hostess, they can only accept cash.
1. Fines and costs are written at the bottom of the ticket
2. Or, you have already been to court Pay ticket here
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.
Park picnic pavilions rental fees:
1-50 people - $50 per block51-100 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 Festival Park Rhyolite Regional Park Wrangler Park Pavilion and Field Reservations
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
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
At this time, the Town of Castle Rock does not require a permit for home security systems.
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.
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.
Only service animals are allowed into the ticketed concerts.
Large Coolers/Hard-Sided Coolers (soft-sided coolers only)
Alcohol (we have beer and liquor, as well as, non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase inside)Glass of any kind
Pets, except service animals
Noisemakers or air horns
Securitywill perform a bag check before you may enter into the amphitheater.
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.
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 GESC and DESC Manual, below, for additional information.
The short answer is that rear wheels of trailers and larger trucks will bump up slightly on the center circle. It was built to accommodate that.
The Town’s Public Works Department worked closely with the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department on the roundabout’s design, which had to work for both a tight space and large trucks. Because rear wheels of trailers and larger trucks will need to bump up onto the center slightly, the center circle was designed as a slight dome. With that design, the center circle can be traversed by larger vehicles, but also be seen by the traveling public.
If you still can’t quite picture it, we understand. We’ll be posting a video when the roundabout it completed. Watch the Town’s official Facebook page at Facebook.com/CRgov.
When driving the roundabout, please remember to yield to traffic already in the circle. As always, please yield to public safety vehicles.
As Castle Rock thrives, amenities are being improved. The Town is currently working in partnership with the Downtown Alliance to reimagine Festival Park.
As part of the park improvements, Second Street between Wilcox and Perry Streets will permanently close and become part of the park. Related traffic studies indicate this street closure will increase the volume of cars using Third and Perry Streets. The new roundabout will help keep traffic moving smoothly.
A mini version is being used to maintain visibility for drivers. As a bonus, the mini roundabout will mean more parking spaces Downtown.
Access to local businesses is a priority for the Town of Castle Rock. During construction, the Town plans to maintain access for both cars and pedestrians through the intersection. It’s always possible that – for safety’s sake – a temporary or partial closure will be necessary. The Town will keep residents and business owners updated at CRgov.com/PerryRoundabout.
The Town will work closely with all who plan to host special events Downtown this summer to ensure safety and access for all participants. Specifically, during the annual Douglas County Fair Parade and other related events, such as Western Heritage Welcome and Boots and Brews, the Town will secure the construction site and pause construction activities. Pedestrians in the area are still asked to use caution around construction areas.
Find updates on this web page, or get them straight to your email by signing up for updates at CRgov.com/notifyme.
Regular and special elections are conducted by mail ballot only in Colorado. Ballots are mailed to registered voters to your home address. You may vote at your convenience and leisure, just remember to return your ballot either by mail, or deliver your ballot to a convenient ballot drop-off location.
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.
At least eight days before an election you may still register to vote online at Go Vote Colorado to receive a ballot in the mail. To register after this time through Election Day, contact the Douglas County Elections Office at 125 Stephanie Place in Castle Rock.
Unofficial Election results will be available on the Douglas County Elections website as well as the Town's website.
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.
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.
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.