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Your Town Council representatives meet twice a month, and during those meetings, Councilmembers make decisions that impact you, our residents and business owners. This email will help you stay connected with those decisions. 

Generally, Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Wilcox St. These meetings are open to the public. 

What's ahead for May 1?

You can view the full agenda online for the Tuesday, May 1, meeting. While there are several other items on the agenda, here’s a brief snapshot of a few things Council is scheduled to discuss. 

Festival Park Commons Parking Garage
Town Council is set to consider a memorandum of understanding to generally frame future negotiations for a public/private partnership to build a new parking garage Downtown.

Town Council in April authorized Town staff to work with a developer (Castle Brae Development, LLC) and the Downtown Development Authority on a redevelopment and public finance agreement that would help bring a new parking garage to the property just south of Town Hall. The MOU being considered Tuesday night is the next step in this process.

The MOU is not binding and would simply frame negotiations for the formal agreement, which would still require a public hearing and Town Council approval. Generally, the MOU defines the parameters of the project and the financial obligations of each entity.

The parking garage is proposed as part of the potential Festival Park Commons Project and could have an estimated 300 Town-owned public parking spaces. Overall, the Festival Park Commons project is proposed to include the public parking garage, residential units, retail and office space.

This proposal must also go through site development review, including site design, layout and necessary off-site improvements. The MOU would allow staff to concurrently work on these processes while negotiating a formal redevelopment and public finance agreement. 

Second reading regarding changes to the Town’s Animal code

Following two open houses and initial public feedback, Town Council is poised to hear Tuesday the second formal presentation from Town staff on proposed changes to Town Code related to animals. This will be the final formal considerations by Town Council and related public hearings.

Proposed changes include a staff recommendation to replace the current breed-specific ban with a two-tiered, behavior-based system.

As a home rule municipality, the Town of Castle Rock has its own set of laws and codes. It’s prudent for local government to evaluate its laws from time to time to ensure they are up to par with current legal best practices and local culture. That’s why Town staff started a review of the Town Code related to animals in 2017. Council directed staff to move forward at its March 6 meeting. Town Council then reviewed and approved the first formal reading of the ordinance at its April 17 meeting.

It’s important to note, there will be time for public comment at Tuesday’s meeting. Priority will be given to Town residents, and speakers will generally be limited to four minutes.

Learn more about the proposed changes to Town Code at CRgov.com/animals.

Council to consider parking requirements for new Downtown developments

Downtown Castle Rock is a charming destination for both residents and visitors, and Town Council wants to ensure growing parking needs are met.

Using public feedback and Town staff research, Council will consider an amendment to Town Code regarding parking requirements for new construction Downtown.

Throughout Downtown, new residential construction would be required to have one parking space per newly constructed dwelling unit.  For non-residential construction, Downtown would be divided into two sections – one north of South Street (or roughly Town Hall), and one south of South Street.

Under the proposal, new developments in the north area would be required to have one parking space per 500 feet of new construction. (The first 2,000 square feet would be exempt.) Parking requirements for the south area would be in accordance with current Town Code for off-street parking, which is specific by use. For example, a hotel would require more parking than a hair salon.

Consistent with current code, this proposal also includes an option for the Development Services Director to grant a parking reduction based on a variety of factors.

These proposed changes are based on input from local business owners and staff research into Downtown parking standards throughout Colorado and as defined by national standards. 

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Water Resources Strategic Master Plan

Since 2006, Castle Rock Water has had a Water Resources Strategic Master Plan – it was most-recently revised in 2016. That plan lays out strategic steps to help ensure the community has water now and in the future. Town Council will be presented with Code revisions Tuesday to incorporate renewable water requirements from the plan into the requirements for any future annexations. The changes to code add requirements for proposed annexations to address renewable water needs. Council will also be presented a related resolution to amend the plan to clarify these long-term water requirements for future potential annexations and entitlements in the Town.

Renewable water is important for the community’s long-term water future. The Water Resources Strategic Master Plan outlines programs designed to achieve a 75 percent renewable water supply by 2050. Because the Town Code does not currently address any requirements for renewable water for proposed annexations, the amount of renewable water the Town is currently developing does not account for future annexations. The changes to Town Code add requirements for proposed annexations to address renewable water needs.

The goal is to ensure that as the Town evaluates future proposed annexations and/or entitlements, Castle Rock Water has a process in place to ensure any proposed annexation has a plan to provide long-term renewable water before that property moves forward.

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