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One way to attempt an apples-to-apples comparison of police departments’ staffing is a ratio of the number of police officers to 1,000 residents. Castle Rock is at the low end of the scale locally using that metric, with 1.05 officers per 1,000 residents. By comparison, Parker has 1.31 and Lone Tree 3.47.
Looking a bit further away, to other communities of 50,000 to 100,000 residents, Broomfield has 2.01 officers per 1,000 residents, Longmont has 1.64, and Loveland has 1.51.
Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department’s 2021 Master Plan foresees a need for a sixth fire station, to serve northeast Castle Rock, within the next five years. Additional stations may also eventually be needed to serve west central Castle Rock and possibly also southwest Castle Rock. New stations benefit the entire community because they help alleviate call volumes at existing stations. It costs about $2 million annually to staff a fire engine, which a new station would house.
The average new home built in Castle Rock is about 2,200 square feet. At $7 per square foot, the new housing construction tax would add $15,400 to the cost of that average home. It's important to note that market factors determine the price for which homes sell, and not the actual cost of construction, which includes land costs, construction materials, labor, permits, taxes, fees and other expenses.
Recent single-family home sales prices in Castle Rock are on the lower end of the spectrum when examining data for other communities in Douglas County and other similarly sized communities along the Front Range. Median August 2021 sales prices, according to REColorado:
Castle Pines: $830,000
Castle Rock: $610,000
Commerce City: $500,000
Highlands Ranch: $655,000
Lone Tree: $1,095,000
Source data: https://www.dmarealtors.com/news/market-trends/city-and-county-market-trends-reports-sep-21
The funding being requested would cover not only the 75 positions but also various equipment, training and operational needs for CRPD and CRFD.
In 2021, the average CRPD Officer’s salary is $82,238. The Town also pays an average of $29,381 per officer in payroll taxes and benefits – including retirement and healthcare. Additionally, an average of $10,707 is budgeted per officer to cover training, uniform and vehicle costs, for an average annual budget need of $122,326 per officer hired.
For CRFD firefighting/prevention/EMS staff, the average salary is $82,103. Benefits average $28,813, and $17,000 is included for training, uninforms and overtime, for a total cost of $127,916 per firefighting/prevention/EMS position.
Growth helps pay for growth, but it doesn’t generate sufficient sales tax revenue to fund the Town’s fire and police needs. Looking back a decade, in 2011, the Town collected $19.5 million in sales tax revenue into its General Fund, where fire and police expenses are budgeted. 2017 was the first full year major stores in the Promenade were open. That year, the Town collected $30.7 million in sales tax into its General Fund, so that development substantially increased the Town’s capacity to fund general service needs. But, the revenue trajectory has declined, with $37.6 million in sales tax revenue collected into the General Fund in 2020.
To fund fire and police needs over the next five years and beyond, the Town needs $76-$80 million in revenue annually into the General Fund. Sales tax currently accounts for 65% of the fund’s revenue, so $49-$52 million in sales tax would be needed. Budget projections include 8% growth in 2021, 4.5% in 2022 and 3% in each year from 2023-2026. That would mean sales tax revenues of $42-$46 million – less than the $49-$52 million needed. The new housing construction tax would be used by the Town to meet fire police needs, as well as other general service needs, over the next five years and beyond.
The Town is anticipating receiving grants and other financial contributions to construct the I-25/Crystal Valley Parkway interchange.
If the Town obtains $40 million in intergovernmental and developer contributions toward the interchange, its total TABOR revenues for 2023 could be about $120 million, or roughly $30 million over its projected TABOR revenue limit for the year. In the absence of a TABOR timeout, that means the Town would have to stop the interchange and return the contributions or cut expenses elsewhere – like in fire, police, parks and rec, or roads – by $30 million so it could issue TABOR refunds.
Further, strong sales tax revenue thus far in 2021 has created the possibility that the Town will exceed its TABOR revenue cap for this year. Granting the TABOR timeout would allow the Town to use all funds collected in 2021 – and in any year through 2030 where financial performance is strong – to meet needs while still preserving other aspects of TABOR that require voters' approval for tax increases or multiyear financial obligations.
The new housing construction tax would take effect Jan. 1, 2022, and would be applicable to any building permits pulled after that time. The lodging tax would also take effect Jan. 1, 2022, while the sales tax increase would take effect April 1, 2022, to allow adequate time to educate retailers. The TABOR timeout would apply to all of 2021 and would last 10 years, through the end of 2030.
As the Town budget is developed each year, Town staff evaluates more than 6,000 line items to identify areas of potential savings and adjusts the budget accordingly. This includes evaluation of the Town’s fleet of nearly 450 vehicles, trailers and other equipment to determine optimal replacement schedules for the best cost benefit. Additionally, Town leadership has consistently said “no” to potential service expansions, choosing to focus on core services like fire and police. For instance, the Town has not pursued adding an arts center, public internet service, a public transit system or a number of other services offered by other area municipalities, keeping its focus on community-supported priorities.
Colorado voters in 2020 repealed the Gallagher Amendment, which set residential and nonresidential property tax assessment rates in the State Constitution. Now, the State’s General Assembly sets the rates.
The residential assessment percentage for 2021 is 7.15%. At that rate, the owner of a median-valued home in Castle Rock ($449,947.50) pays $38.48 in Town property tax.
The General Assembly has temporarily lowered the assessment percentage for 2022 and 2023 to 6.8%. 2022 is not a reassessment year, so if the Town’s mill levy rate remains at its current 1.196, the owner of a home valued at $449,947.50 would instead pay the Town $36.59 in property tax next year. The Town’s mill levy rate could decline, however, due to this year’s reassessment and a provision in the Town Charter that restricts annual growth in the Town’s property tax revenue to 5.5%. In that instance, the homeowner in the example would pay the Town even less than $36.59 in property tax in 2022. The Town expects in 2021 to bring in only $1.4 million in property tax revenue.
Currently, the total sales tax rate in Castle Rock is 7.9%, with 4% of that going to the Town. Here’s how that compares to other municipalities within Douglas County:
Castle Pines: 6.75% total, 2.75% of which is local
Larkspur: 7.9% total, 4% of which is local
Lone Tree: 6.8125% total, 1.8125% of which is local*
Parker: 8% total, 3% of which is local
*Lone Tree City Council has referred to this fall's ballot a question to ask that city’s voters to increase this to 7.8125% total, 2.8125% of which would be local.
It’s true that the Douglas County Schools, Douglas County and the Douglas County Libraries all receive more property tax revenue from Castle Rock homeowners than the Town. And, in many areas, a neighborhood-level metropolitan district receives the most significant portion of the property tax Castle Rock homeowners pay.
Each of these entities, like the Town, provides an array of local services and is wholly independent, with a governing board whose interest is meeting the entity's own funding obligations. The Town cannot compel these groups to contribute funds toward the Town's needs, nor force them to negotiate. Given these dynamics, it’s not feasible to simply reallocate the property tax homeowners pay to these other entities to meet the Town’s needs.
The Town charges impact fees – as well as water-related system development fees – for every new home built. View current impact and system development fees. Of these fees, $1,052 goes to the Fire Capital Fund, and $526 goes to the Police Capital Fund. These one-time payments can be used for one-time purposes, like toward building a new fire station. Impact fees cannot be used to fund ongoing operational costs, like paying a firefighter or police officer’s annual salary. It's because of this that impact fees are not a revenue source able to meet the growing staffing needs of the Fire and Police departments. A video helps further explain this information.
This would have been more of a concern in the past, before a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled that states can charge sales tax on purchases from out-of-state retailers. Since that ruling, most online retailers – including major ones, like Amazon – have been collecting and remitting sales tax to the Town when purchases are shipped to Castle Rock addresses.
The one-time funds provided to the Town through the American Rescue Plan Act only can be used through 2024 for specific, federally authorized purposes, including:
These funds cannot lawfully be used to meet the Town's public safety staffing needs; toward construction of the needed Interstate 25/Crystal Valley Parkway interchange; for Parks and Recreation purposes; nor toward trail and open space acquisition and maintenance.
The Town manages its finances conservatively and generally spends millions less each year than it brings in – this held true even during the Great Recession. Fire and police positions are in the General Fund, which had a 2020 year-end balance of $21.1 million – about $9 million of which wasn’t committed to a specific purpose. It’s not prudent for the Town to use those funds to hire additional fire and police personnel, however, because they can’t necessarily get replenished each year. CRFD and CRPD’s needs will add about $5 million in expenses in 2022 and another $4 million in 2023. (Additional costs in outgoing years are $3 million in 2024, $8 million in 2025 and $4 million in 2026.) One can see that simply using savings would not allow the Town to meet these needs, not to mention it would exhaust the Town’s savings, which is intended for use during difficult financial times or for funding extraordinary opportunities.
The Town received almost $3.5 million in federal CARES Act funds in 2020. Those funds could only be used for specific purposes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Town Council elected to award over half of the funds, more than $1.8 million, to support small local businesses during a time of great need, rather than use those funds to support Town financial needs. The Town's funding needs are long-term in nature and require reoccurring sources, not one-time grant funding.
That’s not true. In fact, in two separate rulings, the Colorado Supreme Court – both in City of Aurora v. Acosta (1995) and in Havens v. Board of County Commissioners of the County of Archuleta (1996) – affirmed that voters can allow their local governments to keep revenues in excess of TABOR limits using parameters as broad or as narrow as they may choose.
Annexations require a coordination with a wide range of participants that include: the property owner, Town staff, County representatives, affected HOA representatives, interested citizens, many state review agencies to include the Colorado Department of Transportation. All annexations require public hearings for all to participate in front of the Planning Commission and the Town Council prior to any official approval/denial.
Public hearings are the best place to voice your opinion. However, use of the Town’s website and writing letters to staff, the Planning Commission and Town Council are also good ways to voice your opinion.
Annexations increase traffic in and around Town borders. Prior to any annexation, a transportation study identifies the necessary road improvements to handle the increase in traffic. The annexation and zoning processes also include a Development Agreement, and that agreement decides how the development team of annexed property will pay for the necessary road improvements.
No. We currently have more than 27,000 homes in Castel Rock, and more than 54,000 entitled residential lots that can be built in Castle Rock. Residential and associated commercial and industrial growth is likely to occur with or without annexation.
Updated Dec. 7, 2021
Castle Rock Water has a long-term water plan in place that accounts for existing and future Council-approved developments. Properties that annex into the Town must also 1) convey all existing ground water rights under the property or at Council discretion pay cash in-lieu if they do not have enough ground water rights to support proposed development and 2) provide adequate renewable water resources for proposed development of the property to the Town to ensure the appropriate amount of water is available.
Lap lane schedules are available to print by visiting our expanded schedules page. This page allows you to filter and print schedules based on your interest. The lap lane schedule is also available on our app which is available in the Google Play and/or App Store for ios by searching “RockRec”. If you would like to view the full schedule for a particular pool, you can click the link to the pool you are looking for on the left-hand side of the screen.
Pool hours vary by hour and scheduled activities/programs. You can view the schedule for the specific pool you are looking for by visiting our expanded schedules page. If you would like to view the full schedule for a particular pool, you can click the link to the pool you are looking for on the left-hand side of the screen
All visitors, including parents and guardians, are required to pay a daily admission for each visit.
Splash pads operate seasonally. They are generally open between Mother’s Day to Labor Day from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Children ages 11 and under must be accompanied by a guardian at least 15 years of age or older, at all times, to utilize the facilities.
Schedules are available to print by visiting our expanded schedules page.
To filter to a specific calendar, click "Deselect All" in the Legend Key. Then, click on the category, or categories, you are interested in viewing. Keep in mind, some schedules may not be listed as a category. View those individual expanded schedules on the left-hand navigation of this page such as Burgess Memorial Pool, Butterfield Crossing Pool, MAC Pool Schedule, REC Lap Pool Schedule and REC Leisure Pool Schedule.
Class schedules are also available on our app which is free to download in the Google Play and Apple App Store or iOS by searching “RockRec”.
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.
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You may submit your concern using our Report a Concern portal or use the Contact Us button on this website.
If you need more information about Town events or issues, email us or call the Community Relations Division, 303-660-1365.
Our community is thriving. As more residents and business owners discover Castle Rock as a desirable place to raise a family or grow a business, it’s important to have a guiding plan. A plan helps ensure the Castle Rock we know today, remains the Town we still love in the future. 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.
Growth is market-driven. We can’t control when there will be market interest to create new businesses and housing developments in our community. What we can influence is how that growth happens when the market is ripe.Every residential and commercial development must be approved through the Town’s planning process. As expert Town planners and engineers work with interested developers, they compare proposed plans with the Town’s Comprehensive Master Plan. Visit the Development Steps webpage to learn more about the process.
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.
The existing connection between the end of Sapphire Pointe Blvd and Mesa Drive is meant for emergency access only. Converting that to a public roadway connection would add additional traffic on Mesa Drive which that the roadway was not designed to carry. Given that Mesa Drive is a two lane rural roadway with residential driveways on it, this is not an ideal route for regional traffic to / from Interstate-25.
There is a planned roadway that would connect Crowfoot Valley Road to Hess Road through the Canyons Development in Castle Pines. This development is located to the north and west of Crowfoot Valley Road. That roadway is slated to be constructed by the developer of that property but the timing of the full connection from Crowfoot Valley Road to Hess Road is currently unknown.
Crowfoot Valley Road is planned to be widened to a four lane cross section from Founders Parkway to the Town limit just north of Sapphire Pointe Boulevard. This widening project is currently part of the Town’s 5-year Capital Improvement Program plan and is slated to occur in 2024. The need for the widening improvements was originally identified within the Town’s Transportation Master Plan.
Updated Jan. 13, 2022
The widening of Crowfoot would also include bike lines along the full length of the project. In addition to that, there is planned to be a regional trail connection running from southeast to northwest through the area that will cross Crowfoot Valley Road somewhere between Diamond Ridge and Sapphire Pointe.
The Town’s Master Plan traffic forecasts use the Denver Regional Council of Governments regional forecasting model in the projection of traffic. This traffic forecasting model takes planned developments into account that have been provided to DRCOG by each local agency. Given that, the majority, if not all of the planned development along Crowfoot Valley Road has been taken into account in the Town’s Master Plan. In addition to this, the Town was very conservative in the land use assumptions within the Town’s limit in the Master Plan study and assumed full build out of the Town by 2040. Based on both of these factors, the 37,000 vehicles per day is expected to be a good estimate for future traffic on Crowfoot Valley Road.
Posted speed limits on a given roadway are set based on engineering studies and / or roadway design criteria. A speed study was done on Crowfoot Valley Road a few years ago. The speed limit within Town limits was reduced to 40 mph in the summer of 2021. The current posted speeds on the roadway today are supported by the data collected during that speed study.
The Town’s design criteria will be used for the widening project. The lighting for the roadway will be based on what is needed for a four lane arterial. The light fixtures are designed to minimize the unwanted scattering of light but instead, focus the light where it is needed on the roadway. There are not currently plans identified to specifically address noise levels.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is responsible for the timing of the traffic signals on Founders Parkway. The red arrow was put in several years ago due to a higher than expected number of T-bone type collisions. In addition, it is not uncommon for a double left turn movement to have red arrows for the left turn during all times of the day. CDOT is currently running the signal so it is more responsive (i.e., shorter wait times) during lower volume times. The Town’s Traffic Engineering staff will continue to closely coordinate with CDOT on the operation of the signals along the corridor.
Initial design layouts for a roundabout at Sapphire Pointe Boulevard show that minimal additional right-of-way would be needed. However, there is space around the intersection to allow for the acquisition of right-of-way if needed. With regard to utilities, these would be identified during the design and, if needed, relocations coordinated with the given utility provider.
Feedback received from prior public outreach indicated roundabouts were not wanted. A signal will be added to the intersection of Sapphire Pointe and Crowfoot Valley Road.
The need for a traffic signal is based traffic volume thresholds outlined in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Installing a traffic signal before the volume thresholds are met can have unintended consequences including increased crashes or increased vehicle delay.
Developments within the Town do pay impact fees per residential unit or commercial square foot constructed. These fees are collected up front and are used for the construction roadway widening projects. Developments outside of the Town do not contribute funds to the Town but typically have development agreement with the agency where they are located (i.e., Douglas County).
The Town currently has projects identified with the funds available for the construction of a roundabout at Sapphire Pointe and the widening of Crowfoot Valley Road to four lanes. The current funding available for the project is about $7.2 million. These funds are expected to be sufficient to complete the needed improvements for the corridor. In addition, Douglas County is currently planning to add the second through lane in the northbound direction. This is currently being designed by the County. A timeframe for construction has not been identified, but is anticipated to be soon after design completion.
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.
You can find up-to-date information on current development on the interactive map on the Development Activity Map. This will take you to an interactive map that provides detailed information on what's happening around Town. You also can call Development Services and speak to a planner, 303-660-1393.
You can apply for a building permit or track permits and inspections online by accessing the eTRAKiT page of our website. To speak with a building permit specialist, call the Building Division, 720-733-3527. To schedule an inspection, call our inspection line, 303-660-1341, or use our eTRAKiT system.
You can speak to a planner at Development Services by calling 303-660-1393. To find out about development activities or check your zoning designation, go to the interactive Development Activity Map on our Web site.
The Castle Rock Comprehensive Master Plan outlines the Town’s strategies for handling future short- and long-term growth. The plan is built on four cornerstones:
Preserve Castle Rock’s unique character as a distinct and physically separate community at the heart of Douglas County.
Accommodate the needs of existing and future residents while preserving and protecting Castle Rock’s identity and quality of life.
Ensure the provision of community services that support the public interest and well-being of all Castle Rock residents and businesses.
Promote 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.
Please visit CRgov.com/Registration to purchase tickets for the movie / date you would like to attend. Please note, ticketing is per vehicle. Individual tickets for each person in the vehicle are not required.
When you arrive, simply give the parking attendant the name that you reserved your ticket under and you will be checked in.
Gates open 30-60 minutes before showtime, depending on the time of year and showtime. Check your email for your "Know Before you Go" information.
If you arrive late, a parking crew member will guide you to your spot. You may leave at any time. Please turn off your lights upon entry so as to not disturb the other guests.
Please call the Town Manager's office at 303-660-1374, or email us. You may also fill out this form to request an accommodation.
The Douglas County Libraries currently owns the Castle Rock branch building and surrounding property and has been planning a redesign of this area for some time. Douglas County Libraries is proposing a new two-story 62,000-square-foot library to replace the existing one-story 45,000-square-foot library. If approved, the existing library will remain open until the new building is constructed. Once the new building is constructed, the old library building will be demolished and replaced with parking.
Posted on Oct. 12, 2021
As part of the Encore project, the developer of that property provided $900,000 in funding for implementation of a Downtown railroad quiet zone. The railroad quiet zone project is currently awaiting a construction agreement from Union Pacific.
The Traffic Impact Analysis for The View – prepared by a licensed traffic engineer and reviewed by the Town’s traffic planner – indicates that allowed movements at the Wilcox/Eight streets intersection (referred to in the analysis as the Wilcox/Jerry streets intersection) may need to be limited in the future.
The study says the Public Works Department may ultimately wish to disallow left turns from Eighth/Jerry onto Wilcox, to head north, in order to maintain performance levels at that intersection.
View the analysis.
Posted Feb. 16, 2021
Do we have a plan of open space to acquire to provide that land for these downtown residents to access? Could we ask developers to dedicate open space elsewhere in town, as close to downtown at possible, to provide open space for this population that they’re bringing to town?
Regarding B&B Cafe, Town staff is not aware of a change of ownership, nor any new development plans for this area. We’d recommend you contact the business directly for confirmation. The View, proposed on Jerry Street, is the only active multifamily project under review for Downtown at this time. View the Development Activity Map for information on all active development projects.
Since 2008, the goals for Downtown Castle Rock have included having a welcoming, friendly Downtown core; enhancing the area’s historic character; providing easy access to trails and open spaces; and ensuring public spaces and event areas that are family friendly.
These goals were outlined in the 2008 Downtown Master Plan – a 20-year plan for the evolution of Downtown Castle Rock. Work on the plan began in 2006 and was guided by an advisory commission, along with input from more than 600 community members. Adding residential uses Downtown has been an important part of this plan also, as residents Downtown help support our small businesses.
View the entire Downtown Master Plan.
Planning for parks and open space, current facilities and acreages, and plans for future needs, can be seen in our Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The Town currently owns and manages approximately 3,000 acres of open space, which along with Douglas County and HOA-owned open space, accounts for about 28% of Castle Rock’s total land area. This percentage will grow to over 30% in the future. In addition, Castle Rock will continue to meet the Municipal Code requirement of 8 acres per 1,000 residents for parkland as the community grows.
Castle Rock residents living Downtown have direct access to extensive open space areas along the East Plum Creek Trail and nearby parks, including Festival Park and the Douglas County Fairgrounds by way of the Sellars Gulch Trail.
As of Dec. 2021, there are no formal land use applications or pre-application meetings scheduled for the Barn or the Emporium properties. Any such proposal would require a site plan that would go before the Town’s Design Review Board. Stay up-to-date on land-use public hearings by subscribing to the Public Notices calendar at CRgov.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.
The Town purchased the gas station on the east side of Wilcox at I-25 for use for future transportation needs. 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.
The Town does not require the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at gas stations or convenience stores. Individual businesses, including gas stations and convenience stores, are able to install EV charging stations on their property at their discretion as long as they apply for the appropriate permits and receive the necessary approvals. Various businesses have installed EV charging stations in their parking lots over the past few years, including retailers.
Posted on Jan. 21, 2022
Highline Engineering and Surveying Co. held a neighborhood meeting in Nov. 2021. The applicant, referring to the project as Chateau Valley, is proposing to construct 297 single-family homes and 63 paired homes (126 dwelling units), for a total of 423 dwelling units.
Additional information regarding the pre-application meeting can be found online.
If that’s not In the proposals, could town make that a priority as we negotiate with developers?
The Pine Canyon rezoning application is currently under review with Douglas County, as a development within that jurisdiction. You can learn more about the proposal withdrawn from the Town here: http://www.crgov.com/1912/Pine-Canyon-Proposal.
The Pioneer Ranch annexation was originally submitted in May 2018 and is currently pending resubmission. You can learn more and stay up to date with the proposal here: http://www.crgov.com/2626/Pioneer-Ranch-Proposal.
Developments within the Town must have a minimum of 20% open space, either public or private. We also require dedication for public land to be used for parks, schools and, potentially, additional open space. However, we don’t have any requirements on preserving trees.
The Town recognizes the value of the forested areas on these properties, not only for its beauty and uniqueness in an urban area, but also for wildlife habitat it provides.
The Town is not aware of any plans for the reuse of the vacant Wendy’s on Milestone at this time.
The Memmen Young Infill project is under staff review. The developer has submitted a request to rezone that to a reduced residential density on the property. That process will include future public hearings, which will be posted online at CRgov.com/PublicHearings. The Town has not authorized any blasting and is not aware of any blasting on this property. The applicant did put up some flagpoles and took photos for their Skyline/Ridgeline Variance request. At that time, due to high winds, it was not feasible for them to leave the poles up. There will be an additional neighborhood meeting prior to this item being scheduled for public hearings, and staff will request they put the poles back up at that time so neighbors can be notified and view them.
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. 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 the school district.
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 Town has no regulations in this area. The Colorado Department of Agriculture oversees licensed contractors who perform this work.
On Nov. 15, 2021 Kum & Go held a neighborhood meeting to share information and get feedback on a proposed zoning amendment and site development plan in southeast Castle Rock off of Crystal Valley Parkway.
The current permitted uses for the property do not include a gas station, which is why Kum & Go is proposing a zoning amendment. The current permitted uses include: retail sales and service, grocery, drugstore, convenience goods, personal service shops, restaurants, fast food with a drive-thru, banks, offices, medical/dental, insurance and related services.
A different applicant previously requested to build a gas station on the property. Staff determined that a gas station wasn’t allowed with the current zoning. The applicant appealed the decision to the Board of Adjustment and the Board of Adjustment upheld staff’s determination.
For neighborhood meeting recordings related to the Kum & Go proposed zoning amendment and site development plan, please contact Development Services Senior Planner Donna Ferguson at dferguson@CRgov.com or 720-733-3566.
Posted on Aug. 5, 2021. Updated Dec. 7, 2021.
neighborhoods nearby will make this problem worse. What is Castle Rock doing to combat this issue?
King Soopers has not submitted any plans for expansion to the Town at this time, nor is the Town aware of any other grocery proposal in this area. There is property within the Town zoned for commercial grocery store uses. If King Soopers or other grocery store chains seek to expand or open new stores, the Town is ready to work with them. Much of Castle Rock was zoned in the 1980s; however, it has taken decades to build out to current levels. Additional residential uses in the Founders/Terrain area have been planned for this area for some time, and the retail/grocery market will respond with expansion or new stores when needed. To learn more about the approved zoning for properties within Town, view the zoning map.
Posted on Oct. 15, 2021
This site has been turned into a picnic and sitting area.
Posted on Feb. 10, 2021; Updated Dec. 7, 2021.
The sale in question from 2019 involved six noncontiguous parcels of land within two broader areas – Westfield Trade Center and Dawson Ridge – that had 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 halted initial development in Dawson Ridge in about 1990.
Since 1992, Dawson Ridge – the larger, southern portion in which half of the 2019 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.)
To move forward with any development in this area, numerous steps – involving coordination among many parties – and public hearings with the Planning Commission and Town Council would be required.
(Updated Feb. 5, 2021)
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. View the map at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity.
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, 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. When public hearings are scheduled with Planning Commission and then with Town Council, notices will be posted to our webpage. View the Town’s current notices for public hearings, or subscribe for future ones, at CRgov.com/notices.
That area – just north of the Silver Heights neighborhood and slightly northwest of Springer Park – 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. Alberta submitted a Preliminary Project Application in 2017 that included a proposal to have residential and/or commercial development on this site.
At this time, the 2017 proposal is not progressing and Town Council will consider taking ownership of the site in 2021. If the Town takes ownership of these parcels, future plans would include demolition of the vacant structure on the site and leaving the area as open, undeveloped space. A service road connecting the Happy Canyon South subdivision with Silver Heights would also be installed at the request of Douglas County.
For updates about this property, and other Town matters, stay tuned to upcoming Town Council meetings - agendas can be found at CRgov.com/agendas.
(Updated Jan. 29, 2021)
This area is known as the Oaks Subdivision and is currently under construction for 117 single family homes.
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
gathering area has been built during this time and it being a walkable shopping center is very much lacking. Plus Alberta still hasn’t update their website in two years and will not answer one email regarding this project. Why does the Town keep ignoring how far from what was presented to get the project approved to what it has become? Are there avenues to take away the tax incentives that Alberta gets since they haven’t kept up their end on a high class walkable shopping experience among a laundry list of other broken promises?
The Promenade has built several public gathering spaces. The first is the fire pit and seating area near Mod Pizza and Smashburger, at the corner of Factory Shops Boulevard and Meadows Parkway. The second was constructed near TJ Maxx and Verizon – on the southwest area of the parking lot. The remaining development in that area has been slow to proceed, and this area has not been in use much. Alberta is looking to relocate it to the block to the west as they plan for its development, as they feel they can provide a more useful public gathering area overlooking the parcels to the west. Whole Foods has also put in outdoor seating and a fire pit. Additional seating areas are scattered throughout the development – one is east of Sam’s Club, and one is southeast of the King Soopers parking lot. Regarding their public financing agreement, Alberta has met the contractual requirements outlined in their agreements with the Town. The site plan that was presented to the Town has also been consistent throughout the project, and the market has determined what business tenants are in the center.
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.
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.
There are plans to add sidewalks along Coachline Road in phases, as part of the new development projects. 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.
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.
Grocery tax revenue came in at about $9.1 million in 2020, making up 16 percent of the $57 million in total sales tax revenue 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.
Using preliminary 2020 year-end numbers, the Town estimates it will end 2020 with $27.7 million available in the General Fund. Of this total, approximately $9.1 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 $55 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 $430,000 home in Castle Rock pays about $37 in property tax to the Town. Most of the Town’s funding comes from sales tax revenue, with charges for services (fees) and other revenue sources making up the rest.
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 your Metro District.
Businesses selling tangible personal property 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 that it issued to construct the infrastructure to develop the area.
Castle Rock’s combined sales tax rate is 7.9 percent, which includes State (2.9%), County (1%) and Town (4%). 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.
The Town does not prohibit any trees for Castle Rock residents. There are, however, some limitations for commercial / nonresidential properties. Landscapers for those properties must stick to Castle Rock Water’s approved plant list. Additionally, some homeowners associations may have restrictions on tree types. Check with your individual HOA before starting a landscape project.
While the Town does not prohibit anything for residents, there are some recommendations. The Plant Finder at CRconserve.com is a great resource. Additionally, we discourage residents from planting anything highly flammable like juniper or spruce trees.
Updated Jan. 21, 2022
The construction was part of the Metzler Ranch Detention Pond Retrofit Project. The project restored the water quality and improve the flood control volume of the regional detention pond.
Updated Dec. 8, 2021
developers be asked to plant Ponderosas instead of deciduous?
Currently, developers must plant large-canopy deciduous trees along their streetscape and are allowed to have 50% deciduous and 50% evergreen trees throughout the rest of their project. Learn more about the requirements in the Landscape and Irrigation Criteria manual: http://crgov.com/DocumentCenter/View/30191/2021-Landscape-and-Irrigation-Criteria-Manual-. While the manual incorporates requirements from several departments, changes would be managed through Castle Rock Water, and approved by Town Council.
A residency requirement exists to be a member of most Town boards and commissions. There are a few exceptions: members of the Design Review Board, Downtown Development Authority, Historic Preservation Board and the Public Art Commission are not always required to be residents, but they must meet other criteria as outlined in each group’s bylaws. All other boards and commissions require members to be residents.
Posted on Feb. 10, 2021
The Colorado General Assembly in 2019 passed House Bill 1050. Among the legislation’s provisions are that an HOA cannot prevent xeriscaping or hardscaping but may set standards for those landscapes. Please reference the legislation for additional detail: HB 19-1050 (pdf). Additionally, you may wish to contact the State’s HOA Information and Resource Center, which serves as a resource for consumers to understand their basic rights and duties under the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act, for additional information: https://dre.colorado.gov/hoa-center.
Posted Feb. 3, 2021
Prior to 2005, portions of the Town were part of the Regional Transportation District, which operates the Denver area light rail and bus systems, along with other services. Service for Castle Rock was very limited, and residents did not believe they were getting adequate service for the amount of taxes paid. In 2005, Castle Rock residents voted “all out” of RTD and the associated sales tax.
The Town does not have any current developer inquiries for additional grocery stores. A new Whole Foods Market was opened in June 2020 in the Promenade, near Castle Rock Parkway. A few other food stores worth exploring around Town are King Soopers, Safeway, Sprouts, Vitamin Cottage, Sam’s Club, Walmart and Target.
Prior to July 2006, some parts of Castle Rock were in, and some parts of Castle Rock were out, of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. On July 1, 2006, all of Castle Rock exited from the district as a result of 2004 State legislation. Town Council in 2006 discussed whether to ask voters if the entire Town should enter the district by placing the issue on that November’s ballot and decided not to put the question to a vote. Castle Rock remains out of SCFD.
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 Town is currently working with the Federal Railroad Administration, Union Pacific and Colorado Public Utilities Commission on this initiative. Union Pacific has committed to submitting Construction and Maintenance Agreements to the Town. The agreements will detail improvements Union Pacific will make at the crossings of Second and Third Street. After agreements are signed, Union Pacific estimates their construction to take eight months to complete.The Federal Railroad Administration, Union Pacific and Colorado Public Utilities Commission have certain jurisdiction over this project. Since the Town does not fully control this process, we can only estimate the project’s timeframe. Union Pacific’s construction is estimated to begin during 2022.Updated Dec. 10, 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 Saturdays at 701 Prairie Hawk Drive. Visit their website for additional information: https://sites.google.com/site/communityrecyclingcenter/.
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.
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.
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.
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 enforces sign violations during normal business hours. When violations are observed and reported outside of regular businesses hours, the violations and the responsible party are notified by the Zoning staff on the next working day. Town staff typically will do a sweep Friday afternoon and early 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 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.
No, Castle Rock does not have a sister city.
We are not currently planning a new park along Gilbert Street nor considering a name change to Centennial Park.
hill where the fireworks shoot off from in The Meadows?
The Town does not currently have another incline in the works but will keep it in mind. Meanwhile, you may wish to check out the incline at Rueter-Hess, in which the Town is a partner.
Posted on Feb. 11, 2021
recreation center ranks low priority. Why is this on the plans priority or have we tried to get a private company, like the YMCA, to come and build here? That would save us money and bring another business to town.
Land dedication requirements and funding sources have been developed to accomplish all of the community’s parks and recreation goals over time. In regard to parks, Castle Rock Municipal Code requires new development to provide 8 acres of land for parks per 1,000 residents. The Town currently meets and will continue to exceed that standard. Impact fees charged for new home development provide funding for new park construction. Deputy Zack S. Parrish III Memorial Park is the latest example of park land dedicated to the Town and developed using impact fees.
All new developments are also required to provide a minimum 20% open space dedication. At this time, approximately 27% of the total land area within Castle Rock Town limits is zoned open space. This percentage will increase to about a third as the community continues to grow. Ridgeline and Memmen Ridge open spaces are good examples of open space dedicated through development.
Trails are funded through sales and use taxes, as well as grants. The Town continues to construct new paved and unpaved trails each year for recreation and transportation purposes, such as the East Plum Creek Trail or Hangman’s Gulch Trail systems.
Impact fees on new development have also been previously used for the 2006 expansion of the Castle Rock Recreation Center and the development of the Miller Activity Complex. Currently assessed impact fees on new development will also be an essential revenue source for any new indoor recreational development.
Castle Rock is starting a study to determine the feasibility of the next recreation facility. The study will consider potential public / private partnerships and will explore the potential to construct facilities that typically are not provided by the private sector – such as gymnasiums and competitive aquatic facilities. The facility study will begin this fall and will include a community engagement process.
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.
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 (designated as Class 1 and 2) can be ridden on bike, pedestrian or multi-use paths.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated Dec. 1, 2021
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:
Between 2019 and 2020 the Town added:
Learn about the Town’s parks and open space at CRgov.com/Parks.
(Updated Feb. 1)
The Town of Castle Rock has a municipal ordinance as it pertains to the use of firearms. Castle Rock Municipal code 9.04.160 – Discharging weapons states it is unlawful for any person, except law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties, to fire or discharge within Town limits. Discharging a firearm to protect livestock from wildlife is not accepted under the municipal code. It is worth noting, chickens are not considered livestock according to the Town of Castle Rock Municipal code 6.02.030, where livestock is specifically defined as horses, mules, sheep, goats, cattle, swine, geese, pigeons, turkeys, pea fowl and guinea hens. For more information on requirements for chickens and ducks in the Town of Castle Rock, please read Municipal code 6.02.250, or call the Castle Rock Police Department’s Animal Control Unit at 720-733-6063.
The State has adopted motor vehicle regulations that address the configuration and condition of vehicles operated on roads and highways. These regulations require a vehicle be equipped with a proper exhaust system and compression engine brake muffler. Engine brakes on commercial vehicles help control vehicle speed on long downgrades. This reduces the risk of brake fade which provides safer interaction between vehicles on all roadways.
Although Castle Rock police officers are not certified in commercial vehicle inspections, officers can stop commercial trucks that appear to emit a louder than normal noise level when using compression engine brakes and inquire as to whether or not the vehicle is equipped with a compression engine brake muffler. If the officer determines the truck doesn’t have the proper muffler, a citation or warning can be issued.
Police officers have conducted observations throughout Town to determine the number of trucks that appeared to be operating trucks without proper compression engine mufflers. Observations showed of the 61 commercial motor vehicles, seven used a compression engine brake. No muffler violations were detected.
Posted on June 16, 2021
In addition to Colorado State laws, the Town of Castle Rock also has a municipal ordinance as it pertains to the use of firearms. Municipal Code 9.04.160 – Discharging weapons – states it is unlawful for an individual to fire or discharge within Town limits. To protect oneself and others, gun owners are encouraged to be properly trained by reputable instructors and be well educated in the laws as it pertains to concealed carry (if applicable). Guns should also be kept inaccessible to others – whether that be in a gun safe or lock box – and should never be left unattended in vehicles.
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.
To report neighborhood speeding call the non-emergency Police line at 303-663-6100 or Report a 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 non-emergency Police line at 303-663-6100 or Report a Concern. When prompted to select an issue type, choose "Vehicle parked in the same place..." The Castle Rock Police Department will be notified of your concern.
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. Castle Rock Police Department (CRPD) strives to keep up with population growth as we continue to provide a high level of public safety service to the community. It is worth noting the Town of Castle Rock has received continued recognition as being among Colorado’s safest places from various organizations throughout the years.
Note: Crime statistics are published each year in Castle Rock Police Department Annual Report.
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 laws and codes. Following two open houses, written public feedback and three Town Council public hearings, Council officially approved staff’s recommended changes to the Town Code related to animals.
No dogs are restricted based on their appearance or breed. Restrictions are now based on dog behavior, and are identified in a two-tiered system defining potentially dangerous dogs, and dangerous dogs. A dog need not bite to be determined as potentially dangerous. A potentially dangerous dog may be allowed to remain in the Town under court ordered restrictions. A dog determined to be a dangerous dog is not allowed in the Town.
(updated Apr. 16, 2021)
As part of our Transportation Master Plan, the Town is recommending to connect Prairie Hawk Drive and Plum Creek Parkway. This project would be in partnership with a future development, so timing is not yet determined.
As part of our Transportation Master Plan and the Five Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP), the Town has plans to widen Wolfensberger Road. Currently, the design phase of the project is set to begin in 2022. If land acquisition is needed, design may extend to 2023, with construction set to begin in 2024. These timeframes are subject to change based on yearly updated revenue projections.
Updated Jan. 10, 2022
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 (TMP) 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 (CIP).
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. Several improvement projects have been identified in the report and will be implemented with other priorities in Town. This includes intersection improvements and bike and pedestrian improvements.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.
Additionally, the Town is underway with a design to widen Fifth Street and add bike lanes and sidewalks in an effort to improve mobility along this corridor. Construction is expected to begin in 2023, according to the Town’s Capital Improvement Program.
Updated Jan. 11, 2022
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. 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. In some instances, new sidewalks will also be constructed as part of the annual Pavement Maintenance Program (PMP) work.
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. The Town is currently working with CDOT on two projects with the anticipated implementation date of spring 2022. One project is related to adaptive signal timing, which adjusts the signal timing based on real-time traffic needs, balancing the delay of all vehicles on the corridor. You can learn more about the Town’s philosophy and how we measure this topic in our asset management plan on our website.Updated Jan. 10, 2022
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 and see when improvements are coming to your area at CRgov.com/PMP. Capital improvement projects are those that address safety or congestion-related concerns. This work includes adding new lanes, improving intersections and more. Learn more about capital improvement projects and the pavement maintenance program.
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(Updated Feb. 9, 2021)
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 are being removed to below detectable levels by the advanced treatment processes that has been added to the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility as part of our reuse project. The processes added include ozone treatment, biologically active carbon filtration, ultraviolet radiation and granular activated carbon filtration. These are in addition to microfiltration, which is already used at the facility. Microfiltration is very similar to, but not quite as extensive as, reverse osmosis. There are now a total of nine different treatment processes to provide redundancies ensuring a pure water with efficiencies for equipment and operations.
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.
(updated Jan.19, 2022)
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 is 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 other water supplies.
Reuse water is a safe, sustainable and economical water source for the community that Castle Rock Water has been planning for since 2006. There was not a vote held on this, but rather years of outreach and planning to secure the community’s long-term water future. Planning documents can be found at CRgov.com/WaterPlans, and the public is invited to attend the monthly Water Commission meetings to learn more about long-term water. Reuse water is the wave of the future, and as all water is recycled, this transition is a natural process. It is estimated that all South Metro communities will be using reuse water by 2050. Most communities are already recycling water, as treated wastewater is discharged into rivers and then picked up for drinking water treatment by communities downstream. 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 and transitioning to a renewable water are necessary for a sustainable future, regardless of growth.
(Updated Jan. 18, 2022)
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.
Conserving water is simply the right thing to do. Castle Rock Water’s conservation efforts are about being proactive and asking for help from all water customers. Conserving water in the landscape is the easiest place to be more efficient and save. Every year, Castle Rock Water prepares a Summer Demand Plan, which helps predict the summer water demand. This plan takes into account new water supplies, weather projects and other changes in our community. The Town is utilizing more renewable water supplies from sources such as East Plum Creek. These renewable sources are very sustainable in the long term, but are affected by seasonal weather conditions. The recent hot, dry weather and lack of rain has resulted in some renewable water sources dropping to record low levels. One immediate solution is to reduce peak summer use. Peak demand is when everyone is using the water at the same time. Typical water usage over the summer is about 13.4 million gallons per day. Typical water usage during the winter is only 4 million gallons. On very hot, dry days, usage can shoot up to excess of 17 million gallons. It’s not that we are running out of water, but is difficult for the storage tanks and distribution lines to keep up with this daily demand. What this means for water customers is to stick to the watering schedules of every-third-day and watering during the cooler hours of the evening. All customers, residents, HOAs and businesses, including the Town, have these watering schedules (though the times and days may differ.) The watering schedules spread out the demand and the evening watering times reduce evaporation, a major water waste. Customers are also encouraged to replace plants with low and no water landscaping, use more efficient irrigation products and adjust irrigation run times.
Visit CRconserve.com to find the watering schedule, tips for indoor and outdoor conservation, registration for Water Wiser and ColoradoScape workshops, and rebates for water efficiency products.
No, but our rates are a result of the local challenges related to water supply in our semi-arid region. Like most South Metro communities, Castle Rock is transitioning from a deep groundwater, nonrenewable supply to a renewable supply which comes from snow and rain. This will ensure a sustainable water source for the future. Castle Rock Water rates are mid-range compared to Front Range providers. 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 while, in Castle Rock, it is all on one bill. Castle Rock Water rates and fees are analyzed and adjusted annually, and this plan is reviewed by a resident-driven, open-meeting Water Commission.
Developers are required to utilize low-water landscaping materials designed for our semi-arid environment. There are very specific requirements for landscape materials and irrigation practices and the landscape criteria manual is updated periodically. 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.
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,” which emphasizes landscape design with a variety of colorful, low-water-use plants, accented by boulders and filled in with various 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.
Castle Rock’s combined sales tax rate is 7.9 percent, which includes State of Colorado (2.9%), Douglas County (1%) and Town (4%).
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.
To become a firefighter with the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department, you are required to provide a completed Town of Castle Rock employment application; a supplemental CRFD application; cover letter; and resume. You must hold a minimum of current Colorado EMT-Paramedic certification or Colorado EMT certification. Additionally, you must successfully pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test and National Testing Network test prior to applying. The testing process to become a firefighter includes practical job-related tests (fire-based and EMS-based) and peer and Chief’s interview panels. Offers of employment are contingent on successful criminal history check, reference check, fit-for-duty physical, driving record check and previous employer check. CRFD only accepts applications during specified posting times, which are posted on this website. CRFD does not accept applications on an ongoing basis and applications received during non-specified posting times with not be accepted. Please check this website for updates on employment opportunities with CRFD.
The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department has five fire stations strategically placed geographically throughout the Town. CRFD has five fire trucks/engines and three ambulances to meet current demands. Each of these stations houses a fire truck staffed with at least one paramedic, allowing us to get a paramedic to you as quickly as possible. However, the closest fire truck may be able to get to your house and begin care faster than an ambulance, which is why there is always a paramedic on every apparatus at all times. Some calls require more assistance than others, which is why we send both a fire truck and an ambulance. If there is only a need for an ambulance after the scene has been assessed, the fire truck will go back into service and can then immediately respond to calls again.
The only emergency service for which you will receive a bill from Castle Rock Fire and Rescue is for transportation by one of our ambulances with a paramedic to a local hospital. The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department responds to many different types of calls, but the only incidents that generate a bill are those for ambulance transports. You will not be billed if you receive care but are not transported by ambulance.
The Castle Rock Fire Department uses a third party vendor for its invoicing services. If you require assistance with your ambulance bill, please contact EMS Billing Solutions at 303-431-6181.
There are 21 to 25 firefighters serving at five stations, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are also Chiefs and administrative staff who work day shifts and respond to calls of larger severity or special circumstances.
A firefighter’s schedule is 48 hours on-duty, followed by 96 hours off-duty. During their shift, they respond to any 911 call in addition to training, station and apparatus up keep and maintenance, as well as other administrative duties. Chiefs and administrative staff work a typical 40-hour work week, in addition to on-call hours and special assignments.
All Castle Rock firefighters are trained to a minimum level of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) work. Some have received additional education to obtain Paramedic certification, which allows them to operate under a larger “scope of practice,” administer a greater number of medications, place breathing tubes, etc.
You or your loved ones may choose which hospital you are taken to. The only exceptions to this are if you are having a serious enough medical emergency that we must go to a specialized facility that has the appropriate doctors, staff, and equipment to treat your serious illness or injury. The majority of these specialized facilities are located in close proximity to us. This decision will be made by the paramedics on scene.
To filter to a specific calendar, click "Deselect All" in the Legend Key. Then, click on the category, or categories, you are interested in viewing. Keep in mind, some schedules may not be listed as a category. View those individual expanded schedules on the left-hand navigation of this page. Class schedules are also available on our app which is free to download in the Google Play and Apple App Store or iOS by searching “RockRec”.
No, the classes on the monthly fitness schedule are included with your entrance fee to the Recreation Center.
The Improved Signalized Intersection alternative was chosen as the recommended alternative. The intersection will be controlled by a traffic signal, and lanes will be added on all legs of the intersection, including an additional through lane in every direction, double left turn lanes for northbound and southbound traffic, and a separate southbound right turn lane. Islands on each corner will allow for free right turns. Protected left turns will be included (where drivers can only turn left with an arrow signal) and are to be programmed by time of day to change to a flashing yellow arrow.
This project will accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians in a safe manner. On-street bike lanes will be carefully considered with the speeds and volumes at this intersection. A pedestrian overpass is not planned due to the high cost of that improvement. Widened sidewalks and improved at-grade crossings will be included.
On the east side of Ridge Road, the Founders Marketplace access will remain in the current location. The Founders Marketplace accesses at Ridge Road and Highway 86 were evaluated with the project design and it was determined that turn lane lengths and transitions would not allow for improved accesses due to traffic signal operations and available right-of-way, so the existing accesses will be maintained in their current state as right in/right out turning movements.
On the west side of Ridge Road, the existing access to the Emmaus Anglican Church will be removed, and a new access constructed on Fifth Street across from Bader Court. The Town is working with the property owner to develop the best solution.
Additional analysis was conducted to determine the length of lanes and widening needed in all directions from the intersection with this project. In addition, the Town plans to widen 5th Street to the east from this intersection to Gilbert Street as a separate project in 2023. Ridge Road is also planned to be widened south of the Four Corners intersection to Plum Creek Parkway as a separate project later in 2022. The 5th Street and Ridge Road widening projects will include bike lanes. Widening of Founders Parkway to the north of the intersection is also included in the Douglas County Transportation Plan.
Improvements were designed to accommodate traffic at least through the year 2040. The regional travel demand model developed for the Douglas County Transportation Plan was used to forecast traffic volumes. This takes into consideration future development and roadway network improvements through the year 2040.
Construction is expected to begin in summer of 2022 and will likely be finished in 2023.
Details such as construction phasing, lane closures/shifts, and detour routes will be determined by the contractor once they are chosen in summer 2022. The Town anticipates construction can be completed through a sequence of lane closures and doesn’t anticipate directing detoured traffic through nearby neighborhood streets. Every possible effort will be made to minimize impacts to vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic.
Although roundabouts are a good solution in many locations, they aren’t ideal for an intersection such as this with high traffic volumes and high turning movement volumes. A roundabout here could operate well until 2030 when increasing traffic volumes would create congestion and queues on the roadways leading into the roundabout. In addition, the multiple lanes needed for a proposed roundabout at this intersection could cause driver expectancy issues and crashes. The Improved Signalized Intersection provides a longer-term solution and has more flexibility for small modifications to address specific heavy turning movements.
Community member input from the first online public open house confirmed the recommended improvements. A second open house was held in July 2021 to gather feedback regarding the preliminary (30%) design. Community member suggestions are being used to optimize improvements and minimize impacts as the design is finalized. Please join the project mailing list to receive notices of other project updates, and/or send comments through the project web page.
If you live in the Town of Castle Rock, there are a variety of high-speed Internet options that may be available at your address.
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.
The Town of Castle Rock collects very little in property taxes. For example, a $450,000 home brings the Town approximately $38 for the year in 2021. However, property taxes are collected by other government entities such as Douglas County, the Douglas County Library District and Douglas County School District. If your home is located in a metro district – not all are – you’ll pay an additional tax that varies from district to district. Some developments use metro districts to pay for roads, water lines, sewer lines and other development infrastructure. To determine what your property and metro district taxes may be, call the Douglas County Assessor's Office, 303-660-7450. 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)
Should you need to turn off the water coming into your home (i.e. for a frozen pipe break), turn off your water at your water shut-off valve. This is usually located near your meter (on the meter tree) in your basement or crawl space on the wall closest to the street. Do not shut your water off at the street. The valve at the street is the property of the Town and should not be tampered with. Accessing this street valve/meter pit, during cold weather, can 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. For after-hours, simply press 1, and you will be connected to Castle Rock Police who will dispatch to on-call staff.
Cold weather can result in frozen pipes. If temperatures drop below freezing, follow these tips:• 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. Get heat to this area. • 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. • 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. If you are completely out of water after trying these steps, call us at 720-733-6000.
Please make sure you are visiting recreation.crgov.com and attempting to log in/create an account from this page. If you are not in our registration portal, you may be attempting to create an account on the Town’s general website. The general website is not related to our registration system.
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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.
A full refund will be given if parties give notice at least two weeks prior to the rental date. A half refund will be given if parties give notice at least one week prior to the rental date. All parties will be encouraged to reschedule.
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.
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 responsible for your own belongings before, during and after your party. You will be provided with a cart to transfer your belongings from your car to the party room and then from the party room to your car after the party reservation is over. There is also limited locker space available and patrons are encouraged to bring padlocks for extra security.
You are welcome to have food delivered for your party.
No. Inflatable toys, flotation devices, 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.
You can pay your ticket online if: 1. Fines and costs are written at the bottom of the ticket 2. Or, you have already been to court
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.
Please contact the court by email or at 303-663-6133 for any inquiries 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.
The Parks and Recreation Department does not provide grills. Gas grills are allowed, however, charcoal grills are not. Also, at times, Town fire restrictions may prohibit the use of all grills. Visit the Town’s fire restrictions website for more information.
No, horses are not allowed. Horses are allowed on Hidden Mesa Open Space, maintained by Douglas County Open Space, located in the northeast section of Castle Rock with a trailhead on Highway 83.
Due to permanent conservation easement restrictions placed on the property to protect the Conservation Values, mountain biking is prohibited on both Chuck’s Loop Trail and Legacy Trail.
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.
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.
Additional information on Rock Park.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 about $18.5 million in the Pavement Maintenance Program in 2022. The funding is primarily from the Transportation Fund, which includes revenues from sales tax, motor vehicle tax and building use tax.
Document the barking (the dog must be barking for 10 minutes or more) on your audio/visual device and call Castle Rock Animal Control at 303-663-6100. Or you may Report a Concern. When prompted to select an issue type choose "Barking dog." The Castle Rock Police Department will be notified of your concern. It is unlawful to keep a dog that habitually barks or creates a nuisance. More information may be found at Report a barking dog.
Yes, the Town of Castle Rock's crime statistics are reported to software company LexisNexis and reported on the Community Crime Map. You will be asked to accept their disclaimer statement. You may type the name of the Town or an address and use the search buttons under their Menu to create your report. Questions? Call 303-663-6104.
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. More information on licensing your dog can be found at crgov.com/docupet.
Applications are accepted only during specified posting times (generally in the fall) and are posted on the Town’s Career Opportunities. Applicants must:
• Possess a high school diploma or GED (college coursework or a degree is preferred)
• Possess a valid Colorado driver's license with a good driving record
• Not have any felony convictions
• Be able to work any shift and be physically able to meet the demands of the job
The Castle Rock Municipal Code 9.20.010 states curfew applies to those under the age of 18 from midnight to 5 a.m.
• Have a signed note from parents or legal guardian
• Be in transit from legal employment
ePoliceReporting allows residents and business owners to report nonviolent crimes such as gas theft, identity theft, vandalism, trespassing a vehicle or property, and lost property to police officers using the Web. • 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.
Radios, televisions, musical instruments and similar devices may not be audible 100 feet away, nor audible through the walls common to two parties. Construction noise is prohibited between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays and between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekends or holidays. To report noise issues call Castle Rock Police's non-emergency phone number 303-663-6100 or Report a Concern. When prompted to select an issue type, choose "Excessive noise."
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Call the Castle Rock Police Department's property and evidence technician, 303-660-7558.
Volunteers must complete a 40-hour training program (various programs held throughout the year). This program assists victims of crime by providing immediate crisis interventions, referrals and follow-up support. Volunteer staff works directly with Castle Rock Police officers and investigators. For specific questions about the program or application process, please contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 303-663-6110. You may also follow the link below for more information about this program.
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.
At this time, the Town of Castle Rock does not require a permit for home security systems.
If your dog is licensed through the Town, Castle Rock Animal Control should have your address and contact information. Many un-licensed pets are dropped off at the Castle Rock Buddy Center, which is a good place to start. For more information email Animal Control or call 303-663-6100.
Document the barking (the dog must be barking for 10 minutes or more) on your audio/visual device and call Castle Rock Animal Control at 303-663-6100. Or you may Report a Concern. When prompted to select an issue type choose "Barking dog." The Castle Rock Police Department will be notified of your concern.
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.
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.
Anyone can volunteer and make an impact in their community. To become a volunteer, register online for an event, then complete the yearly required Legal Waiver. For more information on next steps contact MJones@CRgov.com or visit CRgov.com/POSTPartners.
Yes. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to schedule a group event. For more information on the next steps contact MJones@CRgov.com or visit CRgov.com/POSTPartners.
Yes. The Volunteer Coordinator can sign off on verified hours for high school graduation and court-ordered requests. For more information on the next steps contact MJones@CRgov.com or visit CRgov.com/POSTPartners.
The Town of Castle Rock has many volunteer opportunities. The POST Partners Program utilizes volunteers on Town-owned Parks, Open Space and Trails.
For more information on the next steps contact MJones@CRgov.com or visit CRgov.com/POSTPartners.
All supplies needed to perform volunteer duties are provided. Volunteers should plan to keep their hands free for tools, by keeping their cell phone, water and other belongings in a small backpack or in their vehicle.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people while making a positive local impact. It strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.
You’ll get an introduction to the local area and onsite training on the day of the event. Crew Leaders are trained and background checked. For more information on the next steps contact MJones@CRgov.com or visit CRgov.com/POSTPartners.
Yes. You can ask for a reference when you stop volunteering, or sooner if you need one for a job or college application. We will confirm the dates you volunteered and your role involved. For more information on the next steps contact MJones@CRgov.com or visit CRgov.com/POSTPartners.
Yes. The experience, knowledge and skills you gain as a volunteer are applicable to many paid positions in both public and private sectors. Volunteer work often demonstrates to prospective employers your personal initiative, enthusiasm and dedication.
Volunteer opportunities require youth ages 14 and under to have a parent or guardian present and participating at all times. A parent or legal guardian must give written consent on the legal waiver before a person under 18 years of age may volunteer. There is no upper age limit for our volunteers. Volunteer events with certain tools are specified for age appropriateness on the event calendar.
Volunteer positions are all located in the Town of Castle Rock on town-owned Parks, Open Space and Trails. For more information on the next steps contact MJones@CRgov.com or visit CRgov.com/POSTPartners.
Please make sure you are visiting recreation.crgov.com and attempting to log in/create an account from this page. If you are not in our registration portal, you may be attempting to create an account on the Town’s general website. The general website is not related to our registration system.
More information can be found by clicking here.
Yes, both fitness and water aerobics classes are included. Class schedules are updated on a monthly basis.
Children ages 11 and under must be accompanied by a guardian at least 15 years of age or older, at all times, to utilize the facilities.
Priority criteria for snow routes Priority 1 Streets 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 2 Streets classified as minor collectors and school bus routes or roads providing access to schools. Priority 3 Low-volume and residential streets. Priority 4 Cul-de-sacs and alleyways. Priority 3 and 4 streets are not plowed unless roadway snow accumulations reach 4” between November 15th and March 15th other. Prior to November 15th and after March 15th the threshold for plowing priority 3 and 4 roads is 8”.
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To report a pothole that needs repaired, you can call 720-733-2462 , email email@example.com or submit a request online at https://etrakitt9.crgov.com/CRM/issue.aspx
The Town is prioritizing and investing resources in achieving public safety goals only at this time. Removing plowed and piled snow is not a priority.
When we plow streets, some snow will end up on your driveway and, possibly, your sidewalks. We know this can be frustrating, but it sometimes is an unfortunate and unavoidable result of snowplowing. To avoid this, shovel the snow from your driveway and sidewalks into your yard, because any snow you place in the street may wind up being plowed back onto your driveway or sidewalk.
The service-level standard for storm drains is to investigate ponding water, determine if it’s a safety hazard and, if so, address the hazard.
The Town is prioritizing and investing resources in achieving public safety goals only at this time. Removing plowed and stacked snow is not a priority.
The Town’s service-level standard for ice, ruts or ice holes in neighborhood streets is one through lane that is passable in a two-wheel-drive sedan. Crews will investigate and, if necessary, remove or treat ice, ruts and ice holes deemed a safety hazard. To report a safety hazard, call 303-660-1020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Castle Rock Service Center, 303-660-1020 or you can also send an email to email@example.com.
The service-level standard for residential streets is one through lane that is passable in a two-wheel-drive sedan. Based on service-level priorities that address public safety only, the Town will not do any additional snow plowing on residential streets beyond clearing one passable lane.
If you notice vandalism to a traffic sign, call the Roads Hotline, 303-814-6414.
Traffic signal coordination is the timing of traffic signals so traffic can travel along a street without stopping at every light. Several factors make trying to coordinate (synchronize) signals difficult. Each street's green indications are referred to as a phase. A simple intersection consists of two phases: •Phase one - green for the main street •Phase two - green for the cross street (This is called a cycle length.) The amount of green each phase is given is based on the amount of traffic on the streets.
As the cycle length is increased, the amount of time given to the red lights increases, meaning longer delays and longer lines of cars. This balancing act becomes more difficult at intersections with left turn arrows, because this is a separate phase. These signals, which commonly are found in Town, have eight or more phases, increasing the cycle length. The quality of progression can be very sensitive to these cycle lengths. 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.
Castle Rock uses two types of traffic signals: fixed-time signals and traffic-actuated signals. Fixed-time signals are set for average conditions and change at predetermined time intervals. Traffic-actuated signals use video cameras or radars. Each detection type has pros and cons, but they all detect the presence of vehicles at an intersection and adjust the timing for optimal traffic flow.
In the past few years, the Town has made improvements to our traffic signal system by installing CCTV cameras at traffic signals to improve our understanding of situational awareness and be able to make signal timing adjustments and improve maintenance of signal operations.
If you notice a traffic signal that doesn't seem to be working correctly, call the Roads Hotline, Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 303-814-6414, after hours and weekends, please call the Police Department, 303-663-6100. Please be prepared to give as much detail of the observed problem as possible.
The streets are swept with Street Sweepers. The schedule is: Twice monthly when temps are favorable in the business areas • Specialty sweeping occurs as needed. Roads that are sanded during icing/snow events are swept after each event. Due to the inability of the sweepers to get to every sanded roadway after each event, sweepers will pick up where they left off after the next sanding event.
Please find our latest inventory of traffic counts and contact information on the Traffic Count Information page.
The Town has a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program. For more information, visit the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program page or call 720-733-2483.
This subject isn’t as simple and straightforward as it may sound. At intersections where there is no pedestrian signal, pedestrians should cross in conjunction with the traffic signals. 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.
For more information and safety tips, visit our Pedestrian Crossing Information page.
The Town has a Neighborhood Parking Policy. For more information, call 720-733-2483, or visit our On-Street Parking Policy page.
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.
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.
Only small, lunchbox size coolers will be allowed in. No glass. No outside alcohol or beverages allowed in other than ONE sealed water bottle per person. Bag searches will be performed upon entry.
A low profile lawn chair is recommended. The back of the lawn chair must be lower than the shoulders of the person sitting in it, as to not block the view of the attendees behind them. One sealed water bottle will be allowed per person.
Parking is Free!
If parking is not available within the park, a parking crew member will direct you to overflow parking.
OVERFLOW PARKING: We have partnered with BURLY Brewing Company for overflow parking. You will find ample parking along Atchison Way and Topeka Way.
It’s a short walk to BURLY Brewing where you can wait in the front for the charter bus which will be on a continuous loop from the amphitheater and BURLY from 30 minutes before and until 30 minutes after the concert ends.
Each concert is different. Please check CRgov.com/PSMconcerts and click on the tab of the event you are attending for accurate information.
Gates open at 6:00 p.m. The Beach Boys perform at 7:30 p.m. There is no opening act. The concert will last 75-90 minutes.
All of our events are rain or shine. There may be delays so please check the Town’s Facebook page for updates during inclement weather. No refunds. Please check the weather and dress for Colorado’s changing climate.
Yes, we have a full cocktail bar with liquor, beer, and wine. There are several food trucks at each event.
Only service animals are allowed into the ticketed concerts.
The Amphitheater is best suited for low back lawn chairs. Lawn chairs must not go past the shoulder of the person sitting in them. No exceptions.
Yes, you may re-enter the venue, but will be subject to bag check.
No. We can scan the ticket you received from Ticketweb from your device. Once inside the venue, you will not need your printed ticket again, as we use wristbands to identify ticketed guests.
Children 2 and under do not need to purchase a ticket.
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.
Generally, maintenance responsibility of open space lies with the property owner. If you have more questions or would like to request maintenance of Town-owned open space, please contact 720-733-2235. Please note that open spaces in the Town are naturally steep and erosive. It is expected that some degree of erosion and drainage will result from these natural spaces. You may refer to Section 6 of the TESC Manual for guidelines on acceptable natural vegetative cover on construction project.
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 (PDF) and Section 8 of our TESC Manual for additional information.
Ballots should be received in the mail by October 19, 2021. If you have not received your ballot by October 19th, verify your voter registration information at GoVoteColorado.com or visit Douglas County Elections at 125 Stephanie Place in Castle Rock.
If you update your voter registration online, allow up to nine business days for your ballot to arrive. If your registration information was correct but you did not receive a ballot, please visit Douglas County Elections to obtain a replacement ballot. A photo ID will be required to issue a replacement ballot.
Ballots are not forwarded, if you have moved and did not update your voter registration mailing address, go to Go Vote Colorado. You may also request a replacement ballot in person with valid identification at the Douglas County Elections Office.
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. Watch for your ballot in the mail arriving after October 8, 2021.
Ballot drop-off locations are available 24-hours a day until 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
Crystal Valley Ranch Recreation Center, 2160 Fox Haven Drive, 80104 (walk-up location)
If you make a mistake on your ballot, or for some other reason are not able to use the ballot mailed to you, a replacement ballot can be issued. You must present valid identification at the Douglas County Elections Office to receive a replacement ballot. The original ballot issued to you will be voided when your new replacement ballot is issued.
Ballots must be physically received by the Douglas County Election office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2nd to be counted. Please allow up to nine days for ballots returned by mail and remember to affix adequate postage.
Mail ballots postmarked November 2 and delivered after this date WILL NOT BE COUNTED.
You may also drop your ballot off at an election drop box, however, ballots must be inside a ballot box or a voter must be in line to place a ballot inside a ballot box no later than the close of polls at 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 2nd.
Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) offer voters the opportunity to:
Visit a VSPC Location in Castle Rock beginning October 25, 2021, Monday through Friday.
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The Town does support giving rides to seniors through the Castle Rock Senior Center. Medical rides are offered up to Lincoln Avenue in Lone Tree and the Southeast Light Rail stop at the Ridgegate Station. For more information on how to register for the senior shuttle, visit our Transportation Services page or call the Castle Rock Senior Center at 303-688-9498.
In addition, Aging Resources of Douglas County will help seniors in Douglas County find rides to various locations including south Denver. For more information, contact Aging Resources of Douglas County 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 Ridgegate Station in Lone Tree. The timing of this new service is currently unknown.
Water used for outdoor irrigation accounts for the largest demand on our water system. Watering schedules have been in effect since 1985 to help level out peak demand and make customers more attentive to water usage. Increasing water efficiency can save the Town, and its rate payers, millions of dollars in new infrastructure, help stabilize future rates, protect the investments of property owners, and most importantly, extend the life of our aquifers. Watering schedules are in effect May 1 – Sept. 30.
If you see water excessive water running down the street, call Castle Rock Water, 720-733-6000, and for after-hours, press 1. (This will reach the Police Department who will dispatch to the water on-call staff.) If you suspect a leak within your home, turn off the main water valve near the meter. You can check for leaks within your home using these easy steps.
Please call Castle Rock Water, 720-733-6017 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Castle Rock Water will send our water monitors to investigate the issue. Water waste violations are typically excessive water running over sidewalks and down the street, watering on the wrong scheduled day, watering during the day (between 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.), or broken irrigation equipment.
All water meters in the Town are read for actual usage the first three days of the month and bills are generated and mailed between the 6th and 9th of the same month. Meters are read remotely using a small radio transmitter that is connected to the water meter. The radio device collects a reading from the meter and transmits the reading to a collection/receiver device located in a vehicle that’s being driven through your neighborhood.
Unaccounted spikes in water use are most likely a result of a leak. Castle Rock Water recommends checking for water flow through the meter to see if there is a potential leak. Find the steps here. Check to see if you qualify for a leak adjustment on your bill.
Most changes in pressure (99%) are a result of internal plumbing issues, such as a deteriorating Pressure Regulating Valve (PRV) or backflow device. Because of our system’s hydraulic engineering, construction typically does not interfere with pressure, even as more homes are added to the pressure zone. See how to adjust your PRV here. Keep in mind that internal pressures higher than 75 psi can possibly damage household appliances.
Castle Rock Water has water monitors that look for water waste. This waste can include excessive water running over the sidewalk, watering on the wrong scheduled day, watering during the day, or broken irrigation equipment. The first violation is a warning with subsequent violations incurring a fee which will be applied to the water bill. Water monitors are required to have a picture and time of the infraction. If you received a violation, please correct the water waste problem immediately.
If you have continuous water flowing over the sidewalk, it could be caused by over-watering from you and/or your neighbors. To minimize this water, reduce watering times, incorporate cycle and soak irrigation, ensure downspouts transfer water through the landscape, and check that landscaping has not disrupted the graded drainage swales on your lot. Encourage neighbors to do the same.
The best way to prevent frozen pipes is by maintaining an indoor temperature of at least 55 degrees and opening cabinets to expose pipes. Open heat vents in basements or crawl spaces to allow heat to reach pipes in this area. Please do not open the metal lid to your meter pit -- this causes warm air to escape and can cause additional problems.
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.
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.
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