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As of Oct. 21, 2020, 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.
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.
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.
This land was zoned in 2002 to allow for a maximum of 160 units of assisted living/nursing home, or 80 multifamily units, or 38 single family homes. It could also be developed with a mix of these uses, although the developable area is only 3.85 acres, so the owner has indicated it is more likely to be either just assisted living or multifamily. Over 1 acre of open space is planned. The developer has not been in contact recently on this site, so the timing of its development is unknown at this time. There would be public hearings with the next phase, a site development plan, when the developer chooses to move forward. At that time, public hearing signs would be placed on the property, and properties within 300 feet of the site would be notified by mail.
The Town is considering purchasing the gas station on the east side of Wilcox at I-25 for use for future transportation needs. The Town’s due diligence period extends into first quarter 2019, so additional information would be available after that time. 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.
A new Starbucks is under construction in this area. View additional information about that project.
The property is currently owned by Heir & Company, a Castle Rock business. They are currently using the building for apartments. There have been numerous discussions about renovation of the existing building or renovation of the existing building with an addition to expand the usable square footage. However, there have only been discussions, with no formal action plans. In addition, the Town’s Historic Preservation Board has nominated the building twice for Colorado’s Endangered Places Program, but it has not been accepted. The hope was to get exposure for the building and, therefore, expand possible grant opportunities.
Located at the northeast corner of Wolfensberger and Coachline roads, the Hillside community concept is to create a modern new urban village with multiple housing types. The developer has an approved Site Development Plan for 130 units in this area. They have been working with the Town to finalize the neighborhood construction documents for the roadway and utility designs. The developer has not determined when they will start construction on the neighborhood yet. View information about this and other active developments on the Town's Development Activity Map.
The proposed Festival Park Commons project is a result of a request for proposals the Town distributed in 2017 to develop a public parking structure in the existing parking lot south of Town Hall. The chosen developer is still working on concepts, including redevelopment of the three other lots south of Town Hall into the plan, and a formal land use application has not been submitted to the Town. A schedule has not been proposed at this time.
The Town knows parking, especially Downtown, is a priority for residents and business owners. The Town recently hired a consultant to conduct a Downtown Parking Study to evaluate current and future needs, as well as to get recommendations for increasing parking. Town staff is reviewing suggested implementation items that resulted from the study. One of those is establishing off-street parking requirements for new residential and commercial development in the Downtown area. In addition, Town Council has also supported new striping along Wilcox and Perry streets, which will add some on-street parking. Finally, once the new roundabout at Third and Perry streets is constructed, we will see additional parking gains near that intersection. Learn more about the parking study at CRgov.com/ParkingStudy. Learn about the roundabout at CRgov.com/PerryRoundabout.