Resolutions opposing the proposed Pine Canyon Planned Development top Town Council’s Sept. 15 meeting agenda
Two resolutions opposing the proposed Pine Canyon Planned Development, a construction contract for the 2020 Traffic Signal Construction Project and several finance-related items are topics on Town Council’s Sept. 15 meeting agenda. View the full agenda online.
Here is a closer look at those topics:
- Resolutions of opposition to the proposed Pine Canyon Planned Development – Town Council will be asked to approve two resolutions of opposition to the proposed Pine Canyon Planned Development.
Pine Canyon consists of approximately 540 acres in unincorporated Douglas County. The property extends on both sides of Interstate 25 between the railroad tracks west of the Interstate and Founders Parkway on the east.
The current urban-level development proposal does not demonstrate how the developer will mitigate the impacts this new community would have on Town residents, services, infrastructure and amenities. Town Council will consider a formal resolution of opposition to the proposed development.
Town Council will also be asked to consider a second resolution recommending denial of a water appeal submitted by the landowner to Douglas County. The developer plans to provide its own water and wastewater service through a non-existent entity, the Pine Canyon Water and Sanitation District. A water appeal was submitted to Douglas County because the developer does not have enough non-tributary, nonrenewable groundwater to meet local standards. Since the water appeal proposes developing strictly off of nonrenewable groundwater, the request is considered detrimental to the long-term health, safety and welfare of the community.
- Resolution approving the construction contract for the 2020 Traffic Signal Construction Project – Town Council will be asked to approve a construction contract with Morton Electric Inc. for the 2020 Traffic Signal Construction Project. Each year, the Public Works Department evaluates the need for traffic signals at select intersections throughout Town. If approved, this contract will allow for two new traffic signals to be constructed in the west-central portion of Castle Rock – Meadows Boulevard at Cherokee Drive, and Highway 85 at Liggett Road.
The $365,000 project will be funded through the Traffic Signal Capital Improvement budget. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2020 and be completed by the end of the year.
Also on the agenda, Town Council will be asked to adopt the final 2021 Budget. The $229.8 million budget includes $56.7 million in transportation investments, and water rights and infrastructure projects totaling more than $54 million. Castle Rock Water rates will stay the same for 2021, and system development fees paid by new development for water needs will increase 4.9%.
Additionally, Town Council will be asked to approve the 2021-2025 Five-Year Capital Improvement Program and Balanced Financial Plan. The Capital Improvement Program identifies a plan, using projected financial resources, for future capital improvement projects consistent with Town Council’s goals and priorities. The Balanced Financial Plan demonstrates the sustainability of the Town’s financial structure and outlines a framework to fund future projects. Another financial item Town Council will consider is maintaining the Town’s property tax mill levy rate at 1.196 mills for 2021 – the same rate as 2020. That means the owner of a median-valued home in Town ($428,977) would pay $36.68 in property taxes annually to the Town in exchange for general government, public safety, parks and recreation, and planning and code enforcement services. Final adoption of the 2021 property tax mill levy is expected in early December.
Also, a proclamation for Fire Prevention Week and the design contract for the Four Corners Intersection Improvement Project will be on the agenda. The Four Corners Intersection Improvement Project consists of improvements at Founders Parkway, State Highway 86, Fifth Street and Ridge Road, also known as the Four Corners. Fire Prevention Week will be recognized as Oct. 4-10, 2020.