Pioneer Ranch, also known as the Scott property, is located south and west of Founders Parkway and east of Front Street. It is approximately 388 acres. (See map below.)
This property is currently zoned in Douglas County as Agriculture One (A1). The existing zoning on the property allows for agricultural uses, places of worship, public and private schools and single-family residential development on lots ranging from two to 35 acres.
The applicant, Scott Family, is proposing to annex into the Town of Castle Rock and change the zoning to allow for up to 1,123 dwelling units (a mix of single-family and multi-family housing types), 78 acres of open space and 39 acres of land for public uses, such as schools and parks.
Up to 400,000 square feet of commercial development is proposed along Front Street, Founders Parkway and the extension of Woodlands Boulevard. Commercial uses could include offices, retail stores and restaurants.
Read on for detailed information and documents.
The Annexation Process
Annexation proposals like this one must follow a state-mandated process, defined in the Colorado Revised Statutes. That process begins with Town Council determining if the annexation application meets statutory requirements and is eligible to start the annexation process. Then, public hearings can begin in order to determine if the property should be annexed to the Town.
To aid in Council's decision-making, staff reviews the project and studies the potential impacts on Town roads, water and overall levels of service. Input is also gathered from other agencies such as Douglas County, local service providers, nearby Homeowners Association and the Colorado Department of Transportation. The Town requires that a minimum of three neighborhood meetings be held prior to the public hearings. The Town's goal is to ensure every application matches the community's vision and makes technical sense.
Once the review process and neighborhood outreach are complete, the applicant must go through a series of public hearings before Planning Commission and Town Council to decide if the Town will annex the property.