Archive for January, 2018

Learn about proposed Pine Canyon project at developer open house Feb. 12

The community is invited to an open house to learn more about a proposed project known as Pine Canyon. This meeting will be hosted by the proposed project’s landowner

The area known as Pine Canyon spans both sides of Interstate 25, extending from the Union Pacific Railroad on the west to Founders Parkway on the east. It is generally north of Scott Boulevard and south of Founders Parkway. It is approximately 540 acres currently in unincorporated Douglas County.

The landowner, Walker Family, is proposing to annex into the Town of Castle Rock and change the zoning on the property to allow for a mix of single family and multi-family housing types. Learn about the proposal and the process during an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St.

Currently, the proposal includes up to 1,320 dwelling units and 133 acres of open space as well as 57 acres dedicated to public uses, such as schools or parks. The proposal also includes up to 40,000 square feet of non-residential development along Front Street, Founders Parkway and the extension of Woodlands Boulevard. An additional 775,000 square feet would be permitted between I-25 and the Union Pacific Railroad off of Liggett Road. Non-residential uses could include offices, retail stores and restaurants.

It’s important to understand annexations are voluntary. This means that the property owner or developer reaches out to the Town of Castle Rock with a request to become incorporated. Learn about this project, including a timeline and current status, at

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New water well construction begins; construction to impact Matney Park

In a changing community, anticipating needs is important. That’s one reason why Castle Rock Water is working to secure our long-term water future. Whether it’s renewable or nonrenewable supplies, Castle Rock Water takes maintaining the community’s water supply very seriously. Now, a new well and pipeline is under construction in Castlewood Ranch. This well will enhance the department’s water service and help continue to provide high-quality drinking water for customers.

Work on the Castlewood Ranch 1 Well Facility began last summer. One well was complete, now work on the second well is scheduled to begin mid-February. Along with the second well, the project will include a well house and pipeline to connect the new wells to the Founders Water Treatment Plant.

In order to help dampen drilling rig noise, a 16-foot-high sound wall will be installed around the site. Drilling will continue 24-hours a day for approximately 10 to 12 weeks. The pipeline will follow the Xcel power line corridor between Lantern Circle and High Plains Place. Construction on the entire project, including site/trail restoration and revegetation, is expected to continue into the summer.

Have questions? Join the department for an informational open house to learn more about the project – 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Ridge House, 4501 Enderud Blvd. Light refreshments will be provided.

It’s important to note, this construction project impacts the disc golf course at Matney Park. Sections of holes No. 1 through 8 may be inaccessible. Please be mindful of construction equipment and stay clear of any construction activity in the area. Also, a section of the paved trail between East Manchester Drive and Mikelson Boulevard will be closed. A rudimentary detour will be provided, however, it may not be handicap accessible.

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Help plan Castle Rock’s next park; submit feedback online or attend an open house

In a thriving community, a park is more than just a place. It’s where memories are created and family time is enjoyed. The Town knows how important these amenities are, and is working on the next neighborhood park. Now, residents can help. Submit feedback on the initial design concepts online or attend an open house Monday, Feb. 5.

Town Council unanimously agreed on the location of the next neighborhood park in October. Now, the Town is working with a consultant on design concepts and is seeking input.

The park – Meadows F18 Lot 2 – will be located along Low Meadows Boulevard next to Aspen View Academy. Working with a $2 million budget, several initial design concepts have been developed and are online. Amenities could include playground areas, pavilions, game courts, soccer fields and natural areas. Currently, there are three design concepts to choose from.

Attend an open house to learn more about these concepts, submit feedback and get your questions answered – 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 at the Aspen View Academy Cafeteria, 2131 Low Meadow Blvd. The design consultant, Norris Design, will also be there to discuss the design concepts and answer questions. Can’t make the open house? The feedback form is located online. Find more information including the design concepts and feedback form at

Construction is expected to begin this spring. However, a final construction contract will need to be approved by Town Council. A public meeting will be held in March to present a final design concept to residents. More details about that public meeting will be coming soon.

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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm

DENVER — Thursday, Jan.25, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings immediately until sunset on the day of the funeral to honor Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm.

Gumm, 32, was shot in the line of duty yesterday. He died from injuries sustained while responding to a disturbance call in Adams County. Gumm has been with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office since 2013.

He is survived by his wife and family.

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Report, video allow community to celebrate 2017’s successes, look ahead into 2018

Your Town works hard every day to make sure Castle Rock remains a great place to live. Toward that end, several major goals were accomplished in 2017, including:

• Opening the reimagined Festival Park
• Restoring pavement on Coachline Road and Emerald Drive and updating the Town’s 20-year transportation plan
• Completing a community survey to receive additional feedback on how the Town can continuously improve its services to the community

While looking forward to another set of goals for 2018, the Town is also taking time to reflect on its accomplishments from 2017 through an annual publication, Report to the Community – Year-end 2017. The report is available online at, and a paper copy soon will be mailed to each Castle Rock address.

Additionally, the Town has produced a short video highlighting 2017 accomplishments and 2018 goals, which is also available at the above webpage. The Town invites residents to view the information and share in the celebration of the community’s collective successes.

Looking forward into this year, major projects on the horizon include:
• Opening Fire Station 152 in Crystal Valley
• Improving the intersections of Founders Parkway and Allen Way and Founders Parkway and Crowfoot Valley Road, and reconstructing Meadows Parkway between U.S. Highway 85 and Prairie Hawk Drive
• Beginning to receive WISE water and continuing other vital long-term water projects
• Constructing the Town’s next neighborhood park in The Meadows, near Aspen View Academy, and extending East Plum Creek Trail south 2 miles to Crystal Valley Parkway
• Investing $3 million in Arapahoe Community College’s Collaboration Campus project, which will bring further higher education opportunities to Castle Rock
• Implementing the 2017 Town Charter change for election of an at-large Mayor in 2018

Quarterly updates on how the Town is progressing on these and other projects will be posted at, as well as on the Town’s official Facebook page @CRgov.

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We want to hear from you! Weigh in on Castle Rock Water’s 2018 water plans

Preparing for the future is a top priority at Castle Rock Water. Whether it’s focusing on water quality, championing water conservation, or managing peak demand, Castle Rock Water has a plan. Now, we want to hear from you! Several planning documents have been updated for 2018. But, it’s your water, so tell us what you think.

Get caught up on everything happening with Castle Rock Water and join the Water Update Open House from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility, 1929 Liggett Road. Offer feedback on the direction of the department, and get your questions answered by an official water expert. Plus, take a tour of the water treatment facility.

Please keep in mind, parking at the facility is limited. Overflow parking will be provided on the street and at Castle Rock Water, 175 Kellogg Court. There will be a shuttle to transport customers to the water treatment facility.

As Castle Rock Water works to secure our community’s water future, several planning documents are used to help ensure the department is staying on course. Many of those planning documents are updated in a timely manner and require community feedback. The new, or newly updated, 2018 planning documents are:

• Source Water Protection Plan – protecting our surface water from contamination; this plan helps the Town ensure clean and high-quality drinking water source for current and future generations
• Drought Mitigation Plan – planning action steps when drought occurs; this plan defines the actions needed to ensure an uninterrupted supply of water when a drought-induced supply shortage exists
• Water Use Management Plan – redefining guidelines for all customers; this is a management tool to allow adequate volumes and pressures to the water distribution system during landscape irrigation season
• Landscape Criteria Manual – ensuring irrigation and landscape are in compliance; this plan establishes landscape standards and criteria that will reflect Town identity

Read more about these plans and the changes coming in 2018 at Then, send us your feedback. Comment forms will be available at the open house or online at the Water Update Open House webpage.

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Share your memories and appreciation with Letters for Zack

The Castle Rock Police Department is teaming up with the community and requesting your Letters For Zack.

Following the line of duty death of Zackari Parrish on Dec. 31, 2017, the Department found Zack’s equipment locker in the condition he left it when he transferred to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, still containing much of his department-issued gear and equipment.

Castle Rock Police are in the process of converting Zack’s locker into a memorial time capsule to keep his memory alive for many years to come. The community’s contribution is important to Castle Rock Police.

“Through Zack’s loss, we have learned there are two ways to help our minds process what has happened,” said Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley.  “You can talk to someone, or you can write about your thoughts. That is exactly what we want our officers, Town employees and the greater community to do.”

The Castle Rock Police Department is asking for your letters to not only show your support of Zack but also to help you process this tragic loss. Your letters will be included inside the sealed memorial time capsule along with some of Zack’s department-issued gear.

If you are interested in participating, please drop your letters at the following Castle Rock locations by Feb. 2, 2018:

Castle Rock Town Hall

The Miller Activity Complex

Crowfoot Valley Coffee
Castle Rock Police Department

Douglas County Library

Dazbog Coffee
Castle Rock Recreation Center

Castle Rock Bike and SkiLost Coffee
All Starbucks stores

Briccy’s Coffee

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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin

DENVER — Thursday, Jan.18, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staffstatewide on all public buildings from sunrise to sunset on Monday, Jan. 22,2018, in honor of Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin.

Golin, 34, died in the line of duty on Jan. 1, 2018, of injuries sustained fromsmall arms fire while on dismounted patrol in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Golin was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group atFort Carson in Colorado Springs.

He is survived by his parents and daughter.

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Jan. 16 Council Update

Your Town Council representatives meet twice a month, and during those meetings Councilmembers make decisions that impact residents and business owners. Stay up-to-date on those decisions with this meeting summary.

Citizen Advisory Committee and special election update
Town Council’s newly appointed Citizen Advisory Committee is helping implement the at-large Mayor structure voters approved in November 2017. The seven-member Committee met Jan. 9 and presented its recommendations to Town Council Tuesday.

The Committee’s recommendations focused on qualifications to become Mayor and redistricting from seven to six districts. Town Council discussed and accepted the Committee’s recommendations.

Specifically, the Committee recommended the Mayor be a registered elector, a Castle Rock resident for one year, and a citizen of the United States. The Committee also recommended the first election date for the at-large Mayor be Nov. 6, 2018. Finally, the Committee recommended the Town complete the redistricting from seven to six districts in 2018.  

Town Council authorized the Citizen Advisory Committee in December as a follow up to the November 2017 election. While the election changed language in the Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the citizen-initiated petition that provided for that election did not identify elements such as qualifications for Mayor (age, residency, voter status, etc.) and a timeline for the transition to the new structure.

Why a special election?
Any change to Town Charter requires voter approval, so to ensure these important elements are addressed in Town Charter ahead of the first at-large Mayor election Nov. 6, 2018, a special election will be required this spring.

Using the Committee’s recommendations, Town Council directed staff to prepare the ordinances necessary to call a special election for May 15, 2018 and set ballot language for two ballot questions for that election. Council is scheduled to consider those ordinances on first reading during its Feb. 6 meeting.

The Citizen Advisory Committee also discussed various signature requirements for Mayoral candidates to get on the ballot. Specifically, they discussed a requirement for 10 signatures from each district. Council decided to discuss that requirement at a later meeting.

Next steps: For an election to occur, Town Council must approve ordinances to call the election and to set the ballot questions. Council is expected to consider those ordinances during its two meetings in February.

Learn more about the Committee at

Watch the discussion.

Accessory dwelling units now allowed in some neighborhoods
Accessory dwelling units by definition are second small dwellings on the same grounds as a single-family home. This could include an apartment over the garage or in the basement, a tiny house in the backyard, or a mother-in-law dwelling. Now, these units will be allowed in some neighborhoods.

Town Council approved an ordinance to update Town Code to allow for accessory dwelling units in some neighborhoods. Council also clarified square footage for new units.

This was the second and final reading of the ordinance. Property owners and residents interested in accessory dwelling units should contact Development Services at 720-733-2200.

Watch the discussion.

Construction contract for Castle Rock Water Improvement Projects
As infrastructure ages, replacement and rehabilitation are important to Castle Rock. In that effort, Council this week approved a construction contract for the Castle Rock Water Improvements Project.

Castle Rock Water’s goal is to spread out the costs of infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement over time. Staff has identified four facilities that require improvements. Those improvements have been combined into a single project – the Castle Rock Water Improvements Project.

The project includes the replacement of the Baldwin pressure reducing valve (located near Baldwin Park Road and S. Valley Drive), the Canyon pressure reducing valve (located near Canyon and Oakwood drives), Meadows Water Treatment Plant transmission main butterfly valves and the Maher Force Main manhole.

The total construction cost is estimated at $327,624 and will be paid for out of Castle Rock Water’s Distribution System Upgrades, Valves and Actuators, and Sewer Line Rehabilitation funds.

Next steps: Construction is expected to start in February and wrap up by early summer.

Watch the discussion.

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Learn about the proposed changes to Town Code related to animals, open house Jan. 31

The Town knows residents care about their animals. So, in order to keep all our residents safe, including the furry ones, Town staff has been reviewing the Town Code related to animals. Through extensive research meetings, community feedback forms and public meetings, the Town is now ready to present recommendations to Town Council. Learn about the proposed changes to the Town Code at an open house.

The Town will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. Learn about the proposed changes and ask questions.

The Town’s review included animals of all types and broad research. Animal Control Officers, the Municipal Prosecutor, Court Clerk and the Town Attorney’s Office considered data related to dog bite cases in Castle Rock and other municipalities. This data included various scholarly articles related to animal issues and numerous animal-related ordinances from neighboring jurisdictions and around the country. In addition, they reviewed hundreds of community comments.

One topic that generated significant public interest was the Town’s current breed-specific ban. Research showed these bans are difficult to enforce and do not address the actual behavior of a dog. In addition, a majority of public feedback supported lifting the ban to allow for a behavior-specific system. Town staff is recommending replacing the current breed-specific ban with a two-tiered dangerous and potentially dangerous provision.

Here is a full list of the proposed changes:
• Lift the Town’s current breed-specific ban and replace it with a two-tiered dangerous and potentially dangerous provision
• Keep the licensing requirement
• Clearly define service and emotional support animals
• Allow chickens and bees with clear guidelines
• Better define the number and types of animals allowed
• Clearly prohibit wildlife feeding (except birds)
• Incorporate new state and federal laws related to the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act
• Update penalty and enforcement provisions

Additional information – including a summary of the feedback – is online at

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