Archive for April, 2017

Discussion continues as Town Council considers measures for both Miller’s Landing and Riverwalk proj

Economic development is a top priority for Town Council. As such, there are several measures Town Council will be considering that could pave the way for two high-profile projects – Miller’s Landing and Riverwalk.

The Miller’s Landing development is proposed near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Plum Creek Parkway. On Tuesday, April 18, Town Council will again consider a finance agreement with the proposed developer, which would help remediate an old landfill on the property and pave the way for new amenities. Additionally, Council will consider several agreements related to the Riverwalk Downtown development project.

Citadel Development LLC proposes a new 65-acre development on an area known as Miller’s Landing – located on the northwest corner of I-25 and Plum Creek Parkway, near Philip S. Miller Park. Citadel’s development plan includes office, retail, a hotel and more.

While zoned for commercial use, the land area has traditionally been undesirable to developers due to the necessary remediation of the old dump. Castle Rock Urban Renewal Authority – an entity that exists to facilitate investment and redevelopment in challenging areas within Town – recently deemed this area as blighted, which allows for additional tax-sharing to clean up the property and foster economic development.  

That’s why Town Council is considering a financial agreement that includes sharing back 60 percent of the sales and 100 percent of the property tax generated from new amenities on the property for a specified amount of time. The agreement does not include allocation of any current Town funds. Instead, the Town would be sharing future revenue generated by a new project.

The Town has commissioned a study of the Miller’s Landing project by Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. to determine the need for the proposed public financial agreement. A short fact sheet describing the proposed project and financial agreement is also available. Get both the study and fact sheet at

Also on Tuesday, Town Council will be considering several measures related to the Riverwalk project currently under construction near Wilcox and Second streets, near Town Hall.

On the agenda for approval will be several aspects related to the project including the development agreement and possible sales tax credits to cover the cost of utility relocations and other financial incentives. An intergovernmental agreement with Douglas County regarding the land for the northern portion of the project will also be on the agenda.

Find the entire April 18 Town Council agenda at

Get more information on the Riverwalk project at Plus, learn more about the Miller’s Landing project at

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Learn more about birding in Castle Rock

Colorado is known for its beautiful scenery and rich wildlife. Learn ways to experience everything our natural community has to offer. Have you been bit by the birdwatching bug? The Town has two free birdwatching classes that have everything you need to know. 

From bird identification, to binocular styles, to the best birding locations – The Town’s free birdwatching class series will make sure you’re fully prepared for the season.

Join us for the two-part series!

Basics of Birdwatching (Part 1)

Wednesday, April 26

7-8 p.m.

Philip S. Miller Library

This class is birdwatching for beginners. Join the Town’s Natural Resource Specialist for this indoor program. Learn about bird identification, choosing and using binoculars and field guides, finding local birding spots, and much more.

Basics of Birdwatching (Part 2)

Saturday, May 6

8-10 a.m.

Third Street parking garage

Put your birdwatching skills to the test. Participate in an early morning walk in search of migratory songbirds and birds of prey along East Plum Creek Trail in Downtown Castle Rock. Participation in the Part 1 class is not necessary for this guided walk.

Neither class is recommended for children under 8 years old,  and preregistration is recommended. Contact Natural Resource Specialist Barbara Spagnuolo at or 720-733-2294 for more information or preregistration.

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Join Castle Rock Fire and Rescue to learn about wildland fire prevention April 22

It might be surprising to know that the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department has already responded to nine wildland fire incidents in 2017. In addition to responding to these emergencies, CRFD also places a high value on prevention.  

Learn how you can protect your home from wildfires and even prevent them from starting during an open house with Castle Rock Fire and Rescue. Firefighters at Station 154 near The Meadows will host the open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22. The station is located at 3801 Prairie Hawk Drive.

During the open house, you’ll:

  • Learn proper mitigation to reduce the risk around your home. Remember: you don’t have to live directly in a wildland area to be affected by a wild fire
  • Watch firefighters demonstrate how they fight wildfires
  • Learn about hazard fuels and how to identify them near your home
  • Become “Firewise,” and learn how you community can get involved with this program

“Safety is our top priority,” said Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales. “In partnership with our community, we know we can help prevent some fires from ever starting. We hope residents from around Castle Rock will join us for this important open house.”

This open house is the first of four the department will host at various fire stations this year. Stay tuned to these and other events by signing up for the events email at

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Castle Rock Police investigates break-ins. Here’s how to keep your car safe

The Castle Rock Police Department is today asking for the public’s help and diligence as officers investigate a series of break-ins that happened early this morning in The Meadows.

Around 3 a.m. this morning, Castle Rock Police responded to a call of a possible trespass along Springbriar Drive in The Meadows. When officers arrived, the suspects fled in a stolen vehicle. After a short pursuit, officers stopped following to protect public safety.

The driver was described as a black male, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, thin build, and wearing a dark-colored hoodie. There was also a passenger, who was also described as a black male. The suspects were last seen driving a maroon 2012 Cadillac SRX with Colorado license plates QMU701. The vehicle was stolen from unincorporated Douglas County several days ago.

Anyone with information can call Castle Rock Police at 303-663-6100. While the investigation is still on-going, officers believe the suspects were involved in as many as 19 car break-ins throughout the neighborhood.

As always, Castle Rock Police is asking the community to follow these safety tips to keep your car safe:

  • Please remember to lock your car doors
  • Close car windows
  • Remove valuables from your car

Learn more about Castle Rock Police at


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Learning to be water wise; register for a workshop before irrigation season begins

In Castle Rock, residents are committed to conservation. They know, every drop counts. With the summer months, and irrigation season, right around the corner, Castle Rock Water wants to help residents start the season off on the right track. The Town’s Water Wiser and Xeric Design workshops are a key tool to keep customers water-conscious.  

The interactive Water Wiser workshops teach residents how to detect water waste outdoors and how to improve irrigation systems to make them more efficient. Plus, get an in-depth look at what plants are appropriate for Castle Rock’s semi-arid, high desert climate.

Once they’ve completed the course, participants will earn a “Water Wiser” designation. This designation exempts participants from the Town’s every-third-day watering schedule.

Keep in mind, while participants can water any day of the week, they are still restricted to an individual watering budget and must remember to water wisely. Also, the designation is tied to the participant, not the home. That means the Water Wiser designation would move with customers to a new residence.

Castle Rock Water’s Xeric Design workshops are also a valuable tool for customers looking to conserve water this summer. This workshop teaches customers that xeric design is not about covering the yard in rocks, but the use and placement of low-water-use plants and hardscape. Learn about the principles of xeriscape design, the benefits of low-water-use plants, and the top 10 plants and shrubs that thrive in Castle Rock. Plus, get tips for water considerations and design layouts.

Over the past several years, Castle Rock Water is thankful for customer’s dedication to conservation. Together, we have reduced the Town’s water consumption by more than 20 percent. That’s a step in the right direction. The ultimate goal in the Town’s long-term water plan is for the entire community to cut back another 18 percent by using water efficiently. 

Both workshops are free, but space is limited. Classes are held at different times and locations through September. Get the class schedule, registration information and more at

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Help see the future of transportation in Castle Rock, open house April 19

As the Town looks toward the future and plans for transportation needs, we’ve enjoyed hearing your ideas. Now, it’s time to take a look at the proposed projects that could drive (or walk, or bike) the Town into 2040 and beyond.

As part of the Town’s overall planning efforts, the Transportation Master Plan specifically visualizes all aspects of transportation for the Town. That goes beyond roads to bicycle routes, pedestrian links, sidewalks, carpooling, and more. As growth occurs, and the market demands change, plan updates are important. The plan was last updated in 2011, and a lot has changed.

Now, we’re looking ahead two decades to 2040. In fall 2016, the Town gathered feedback regarding our transportation system. That feedback – along with research and analysis – has resulted in a proposed list of roadway, pedestrian and bicycle projects along with ideas for managing demand on the road for the next five, 10 and 20 years. Come weigh-in again.

The Town will host an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Douglas County High School, 2842 Front St.

During the open house, view the list of projects, and give us your thoughts. Or, after the open house, log on to to view the list and provide feedback.

Using these additional comments from you – our drivers, bikers and walkers, – the Town will then draft a plan and make it available for public review before it goes Town Council for adoption consideration later this spring.

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Drive Emerald Drive? Some closures will be necessary as crews reconstruct the roadway

If Emerald Drive in the Plum Creek area is part of your commute, we’re asking for your patience this summer as we improve the roadway.

As part of the Town’s annual investment in preventative maintenance, Emerald Drive is being reconstructed. Crews will replace the existing concrete and replace it with asphalt. Work is expected to start Monday, April 10, and wrap up by the end of July.

This work is part of the Town’s annual Pavement Maintenance Program. This Council-approved program concentrates residential road maintenance to one of five defined residential areas each year on a rotating basis. The goal is to increase efficiency, reduce costs and minimize disruption to neighborhoods.

Overall, roadway maintenance extends the life of Town roads and helps get the most out of the Town’s investment in infrastructure.

What to expect during construction

During the work on Emerald Drive, maintaining access to residential areas is a priority for the Town, so the reconstruction will take place in sections. In an effort to complete this work safely and efficiently, one section at a time will be closed to through traffic.

The first section will be from Emerald Court to McCracken Lane, and work is expected to start Monday, April 10. As crews move from one section to the next, stay tuned to the electronic message boards and detour signs in the area, or check for updates.

Learn more about the Pavement Maintenance Program and this year’s neighborhood work at

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Ridgeline Open Space

Ridgeline is good to go.  A few wet spots in the shaded areas, but nothing too bad. The wind is blowing and drying it fast. – Rob Davis, Wrangler

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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor John Glenn

DENVER — Thursday, Apr. 6, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be flown half-staff on all public buildings statewide beginning immediately until sunset, on the day of interment, in honor of John Glenn, and as proclaimed by President Donald J Trump.

The full text of the president’s proclamation:
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 5,2017



As a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.


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How’s the Town’s service delivery? Let us know through online survey

Feedback from the community helps the Town improve its services. Through April 23, residents can provide the Town feedback by answering a survey at

This opportunity is a continuation of the Town’s 2017 community survey process. In March, thousands of Castle Rock households were randomly selected to answer the survey as part of the project. All Town-licensed businesses were invited to participate at that time, too.

The resident survey available now is identical to the resident survey distributed in March, so those who already answered do not need to resubmit information. The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Results from the scientific survey conducted in March are being prepared for presentation to Town Council in May. Results from this open survey will be compared to the scientific results, and any key differences will be noted in the final survey report. Additionally, comments submitted via the open survey will be shared with Town Council and Town staff.

The Town commissions a resident and business survey in each odd-numbered year. The feedback provided is vital in helping the Town monitor its performance over time and is used as the Town budgets and plans for its future.

The final report will be published at sometime in May.

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