June 5 Council Update: Murdoch’s Public Incentive Agreement approved, signature requirements for potential Mayoral candidates moves forward, Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan finalized
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Here are some meeting highlightsAt Tuesday’s meeting, Town Council took action on several agenda items including the decision to move forward with an amendment to the Oakwood Apartments Planned Development Plan and Zoning Regulations. This ordnance would amend the planned senior-living community at Oakwood Drive and Front Street to incorporate 109 residential units. The planned community is owned by the Douglas County Housing Partnership and would provide housing for seniors living in the Castle Rock community. To officially move forward with the amended project, the ordinance will be presented to Town Council for a second reading.
You can watch the full meeting online, but here is a brief update on other Council action.
Council approves Murdoch’s Public Incentive Agreement
Making sure Castle Rock has a thriving economy is a key cornerstone in the Town’s Comprehensive Master Plan. The vacant former King Sooper’s location at the Milestone Center – off Founders Parkway between Allen Way and Front Street – has led to a decline of business at the shopping center. Due to the loss of traffic, several tenants have followed by closing their doors. Town Council approved an agreement (4-2, Mayor Green and Councilman Bower opposed), Tuesday that will help fill the vacant anchor location and bring new life into the shopping center.
Council approved an incentive agreement with Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply. The incentive will help the company offset costs associated with converting the former grocery store space for second-generation use. According to this agreement, Murdoch’s will receive a 25 percent sales tax shareback not to exceed 4 years or $300,000. Based on Murdoch’s projected gross revenue, the Town estimates the store’s sales would equate to approximately $240,000 of net taxable revenue to the Town in the first year.
Sales tax dollars generated from retail locations fund several Town services including police, fire, road improvements and park maintenance. Murdoch’s could help generate a significant amount of revenue for the Town.
Watch the presentation and Council discussion.
Town Code changes to identify signature requirements for potential Mayoral candidates moves forward
Castle Rock voters on May 15 finalized the necessary details to elect their Mayor at-large. Town Council approved (5-1) the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday that would detail the signature requirements for the nomination of Mayor and members of Town Council.
The ordinance would amend Town Election Code to identify requirements for Mayoral candidates to qualify for the ballot. Additionally, the ordinance would make certain corresponding changes to the Councilmember candidate petition process.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Council discussed and made amendments to the first reading of the proposed changes. If finalized at second reading, the ordinance would dictate that a Mayoral petition should contain at least 10 signatures from registered electors in each of the six Council districts. Additionally, both a Mayoral and Councilmember petition must be personally circulated by the prospective candidate. Also, the ordinance would identify that a registered elector would only be allowed to sign one Councilmember petition and one Mayoral petition.
The Town’s Election Commission is currently working to redistrict the Town from seven Councilmember voting districts to six. Those interested in running for Council or Mayor must start by registering with the Town Clerk. Visit CRgov.com/elections for more information.
Watch the discussion.
Parks and Recreation 2018-2020 Strategic Plan
Our community is ever-changing, but maintaining levels of service is always a top priority. That’s certainly true with the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department. Castle Rock is known for its beautiful parks and well-planned open space and trails. Town Council officially adopted the department’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan to make sure the parks, trails and open space to which the community has grown accustom, are here to stay.
The goal of the strategic plan is to highlight aspects of parks and recreation that need attention and help drive budget planning related to parks and recreation services for the next three years. The main focus is on administration and planning for parks, trails and open space; recreation; maintenance and operations; and golf.
The department has been working on its strategic plan for some time. A draft version of the document was posted on the Town’s website to gather public feedback. Additionally, Parks and Recreation staff held office hours where residents could ask questions and submit comments. Town Council’s formal adoption of the document was the last step in the process.
Watch the presentation.