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May 1 Council Update: Festival Park Commons parking garage non-binding MOU, second reading for animal code updates approved, parking requirements for new Downtown developments approved, Water Resources Strategic Plan

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

Here are some meeting highlights

You can watch the full meeting online, but here is a brief update on Council action.

Festival Park Commons Parking Garage

Town Council approved a non-binding memorandum of understanding Tuesday to generally frame future negotiations for a public/private partnership to build a new public parking garage Downtown.
Town Council in April authorized Town staff to work with a developer (Castle Brae Development, LLC) and the Downtown Development Authority on a redevelopment and public finance agreement that would help bring a new parking garage to the property just south of Town Hall. The Town Council-approved MOU is the next step in that process.
The MOU is not binding and simply frames negotiations for the formal agreement. Any formal arrangement will still require a public hearing and Town Council approval.
The parking garage is proposed as part of the potential Festival Park Commons Project and will have an estimated 300 Town-owned public parking spaces. Overall, the Festival Park Commons project is proposed to include the public parking garage, residential units, retail and office space. 
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Second reading regarding changes to the Town’s Animal code
Following two open houses, initial public feedback and two Town Council formal presentations, Council officially approved staff recommended changes to the Town Code related to animals. Council heard the final presentation and approved the ordinance on second reading at its meeting Tuesday.
Among other things, the changes include a replacement of the current breed-specific ban with a two-tiered, behavior-based system.
As a home rule municipality, the Town of Castle Rock has its own set of laws and codes. It’s prudent for local government to evaluate its laws from time to time to ensure they are up to par with current legal best practices and local culture. That’s why Town staff started a review of the Town Code related to animals in 2017. Council directed staff to move forward at its March 6 meeting. Town Council then reviewed and approved the first formal reading of the ordinance at its April 17 meeting. Tuesday was the second, and final reading of the ordinance.
The Town Code change will now go into effect June 1. Learn more at
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Council moves forward with parking requirements for new Downtown developments 
Downtown Castle Rock is a charming destination for both residents and visitors, and Town Council wants to ensure growing parking needs are met.
Using public feedback and Town staff research, Council approved Tuesday the first reading of an amendment to Town Code regarding parking requirements for new construction Downtown.
If approved at second reading, new residential construction throughout Downtown will be required to have one parking space per newly constructed dwelling unit. For non-residential construction, Downtown would be divided into two sections – one north of South Street (or roughly Town Hall), and one south of South Street.
New developments in the north area would be required to have one parking space per 500 feet of new construction. (The first 2,000 square feet would be exempt.) Parking requirements for the south area would be in accordance with current Town Code for off-street parking, which is specific by use. For example, a hotel would require more parking than a hair salon.
These proposed changes are based on input from local business owners and staff research into Downtown parking standards throughout Colorado and as defined by national standards. The ordinance will need to go to Town Council for a second reading before the changes are officially approved. 
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Water Resources Strategic Master Plan

Since 2006, Castle Rock Water has had a Water Resources Strategic Master Plan – it was most-recently revised in 2016. That plan lays out strategic steps to help ensure the community has water now and in the future. Town Council approved Code revisions Tuesday to incorporate renewable water requirements from the plan into the requirements for any future annexations. The changes to code add requirements for proposed annexations to address renewable water needs. Council also approved a related resolution to amend the plan to clarify these long-term water requirements for future potential annexations and entitlements in the Town.
Renewable water is important for the community’s long-term water future. The Water Resources Strategic Master Plan outlines programs designed to achieve a 75 percent renewable water supply by 2050. Because the Town Code does not currently address any requirements for renewable water for proposed annexations, the amount of renewable water the Town is currently developing does not account for future annexations. The changes to Town Code add requirements for proposed annexations to address renewable water needs.
The goal is to ensure that as the Town evaluates future proposed annexations and/or entitlements, Castle Rock Water has a process in place to ensure any proposed annexation has a plan to provide long-term renewable water before that property moves forward.
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Get a full agenda or watch any Council meeting. The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15. There will be a special meeting Tuesday May 8 – however, that meeting will only be for Board and Commission vacancy interviews. 

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