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This survey is being conducted to ask residents and businesses questions about Town services, including public safety, roads, parks and more. Responses, which will be anonymous, will help us better understand how residents feel about Castle Rock as a place to live and do business as we strive to meet the current and future needs. Similar surveys were conducted in 2015 and 2017.
Results from the 2019 survey will be used to:
A random selection of households, and all registered businesses, in Castle Rock have been selected to participate in this survey. Northwest Research Group pulled a list of addresses from a third-party vendor and used consumer databases to append information such as email address, physical address, phone number, etc. No personal information is shared with the Town in any way, and your responses will be kept completely confidential.
Northwest Research Group has strict data confidentiality and security standards. The CASRO Code of Ethics states:
Since individuals who are interviewed are the lifeblood of the survey research industry, it is essential that survey research organizations be responsible for protecting from disclosure to third parties--- including clients and members of the public -- the identity of individual respondents, as well as respondent-identifiable information, unless the respondent expressly requests or permits such disclosure.
Each household is assigned a single-use user ID. While we understand that multiple people in the household may want to participate in the survey, the purpose of single-use user ID is to ensure a one home, one vote survey. Single-use user IDs also prevent any attempts at “spamming” the survey. This ensures that the survey is representative of all residents equally.
Northwest Research Group is a full-service research firm that is working with the Town to support this research study. Based in Edmonds, Washington, Northwest Research Group has extensive experience with cities and towns across the country.
Northwest Research Group is hosting the survey on its secure servers to maintain respondent confidentiality. All work is conducted in accordance with ISO 20252-- Market Research Standards. Northwest Research Group is a member of the Insights Association and is bound by that group's strict business and ethical guidelines.
Email Nathan Wiggin, project director at Northwest Research Group, or call him during regular business hours at 206-489-2363.
Or, submit feedback about the Town to Northwest Research Group using an online form.
A. Children rarely display exceptional fundamentals, listening skills or patience before that time, which is not fair for the kids with whom they are trying to play up. It also poses safety issues.
B. Focus should be on fun, sportsmanship, teamwork and basic fundamentals.• Occasionally, play-ups are permitted (third grade and above), but only if / when a player displaysexceptional skills or physical development. Then, they can compete at the upper-tier level in the age group ABOVE their present level / grade.
Why?1. Our goal is to build self-esteem and leadership qualities in all players.2. If a safety issue is present due to physical development.
A Comprehensive Master Plan defines the Town’s broad and long-term direction. Then, it defines specific goals and objectives to help guide the Town’s decisions around growth and development.
The Comprehensive Master Plan is meant to be a land use-focused document that accompanies the Town’s other guiding documents, such as the Transportation Master Plan and the water-related master plans. Those other documents specifically address water usage and transportation/roadways/traffic.
You are charged for actual water usage on a monthly basis. However, a water budget is the maximum amount of water that your particular household is allowed to use. The budget is shown in tiers identifying indoor usage, outdoor (irrigable) usage, excess over budget and surcharge over 40,000 gallons. These tiers are established by your household’s actual usage and are independent of your neighbors. If you use more than your water budget, additional rates apply. A water budget has been shown to be an effective water conservation tool.
Assigning different days to irrigate your yard helps manage peak water demand and pressure concerns and produces less strain on the infrastructure. Limiting the time of day to water makes irrigating more efficient and decreases evaporation. Water schedules have been shown to be an effective peak demand and water conservation tool. Residents who water outside of the water schedule could be issued a watering violation.
Castle Rock does not have a water supply problem and actually is implementing very strategic plans to ensure a long-term sustainable water future. Potential talk about our water supply and conservation measures are due to keeping our customers informed. The Town feels an informed community is an engaged one. New sources of supply, infrastructure projects and conservation measures occur in all Colorado communities—and Castle Rock Water wants you to know what our plans are. Frequently, we also ask for resident input on these plans. Sign up to join the discussion. Notify Me
Especially with new development, drainage of water may be seen flowing through the yard and into the storm drain. Your home was graded with swales, directing water away from the foundation and channeled toward the sidewalk and ultimately to the storm drain. If there are excessive amounts of water or this water causes algae or ice buildup, it is necessary to look at measures to reduce it. Overwatering from you or your neighbor accounts for the primary reason for excessive water. Landscaping that has not yet matured and misaligned downspouts also cause drainage issues. Find more ways to reduce excessive water.
Town IdentityPreserve Castle Rock’s unique character as a distinct and physically separate community at the heart of Douglas County.
Community PlanningAccommodate the needs of existing and future residents while preserving and protecting Castle Rock’s identity and quality of life.
Community ServicesEnsure the provision of community services that support the public interest and well being of all Castle Rock residents and businesses.
Local EconomyPromote economic self-sufficiency and long-term stability of the local economy. This focus aims to provide a broad range of employment opportunities for residents and a healthy tax base for the Town.
Based on these objectives, the Castle Rock Comprehensive Master Plan should help guide our community in making the best choices for the Town as it grows over the next 20 years.
At the same time, the rules established criteria that would allow for local jurisdictions (like Castle Rock) to silence the regular sounding of horns if certain improvements are implemented in place of the train horn. This is referred to as establishing a quiet zone.
It’s important to note that, even with the establishment of a quiet zone, train engineers can still sound the horns if they perceive a danger or a threat.
The goal of a quiet zone is to reach a certain level of safety, defined in a measurement index by the Federal Railroad Administration. Any one or a combination of safety options can be used as long as they reach a certain threshold for safety as defined by that index. It is also possible that using one of the measures at one crossing can reach an appropriate safety score within that index to quiet the horn at multiple crossings located near each other, such as the crossings at Second, Third and Fifth streets.
In addition, Town Council has been provided an overview of a variety of combinations that could be considered. A few of these included: turning Second and Third streets into one-way streets; installing wayside horn systems that place a horn at the crossing to use in place of the horn on the train; and installing medians along Second and Third streets. Traffic impacts, emergency operational impacts and higher implementation costs were the general reasons these were not pursued further.
Councilmembers may not be current paid employees of the Town. If Charter Amendment B passes, the same will be true for the new office of at-large Mayor. Councilmembers currently receive a modest stipend, but are not considered paid employees. They do not have offices within the Town, nor do they receive benefits.
Voters on Nov. 7 approved a citizen-initiated measure to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the Town’s Mayor is elected. Now, the Mayor will be elected at-large, and there will be six Councilmembers elected within six districts. While this election changed the language in the Town Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the citizen-initiated petition that provided for the election did not identify critical elements such as qualifications for Mayor and a timeline for the transition to the new Council structure. These items must be identified in the Town Charter before the voter-approved changes can be implemented.Because any change to the Town Charter requires voter approval, another election will be required. Town Council wants community input before asking voters to consider another series of Charter amendments. To do so quickly, efficiently and with public input, Town Council has formed a Citizen Advisory Committee, which has advised Council on:
Council anticipates a special election in spring 2018. Get details on the Citizen Advisory Committee and sign up for updates at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee, or read a mailer sent to the community.
Yes, there is a citizen-driven initiative to change the Town’s Charter. The proposed change would amend the Castle Rock Town Charter to allow for the at-large, town-wide election of the office of Mayor. In addition, it will include district changes. Town Council currently consists of seven members elected from the district they live in. Currently, the Mayor is appointed. The proposed amendment would reduce the number from seven to six districts.
The acting Town Clerk deemed there are a sufficient number of valid signatures for the effort to go forward. State Statute required Town Council to set a ballot question and call an election. The special election has been set for Nov. 7. Town Council also directed staff to develop an educational mailer for residents. The purpose is to help voters understand the question as they fill out their ballot. As part of the mailer, Town staff has been identifying draft arguments for and draft arguments against the Charter amendment. Residents now have the opportunity to submit feedback regarding the mailer messaging.
Learn more about the election and draft mailer at CRgov.com/2017SpecialElection.
Aptive Environmental LLC, a national pest control services company, has filed suit against the Town of Castle Rock in the U.S. District Court for Colorado. In the litigation Aptive challenges the constitutionality of the Town’s 7 p.m. curfew on the ability of commercial door-to-door solicitors to contact residents. This curfew has been in effect since 2008. Aptive seeks a judicial order prohibiting the Town from enforcing this curfew on solicitors. The Town Attorney’s office is preparing a response to the litigation.
Yes, there will be a firework show presented by Douglas County on Saturday, Aug. 4. The fireworks will be shot for the Rock to honor the 100th annual Douglas County Fair and Rodeo.
Every development must go through some level of review by the Town’s Development Services Department. Following Council’s approval of this project, Wolfensberger Property Group (the lead developer of the property) submitted construction documents for Town review. Town staff has completed two reviews of the documents and are awaiting a response. Construction cannot begin until the documents are approved. Based on some discussions the Town has had with the developer, site grading and building construction could begin as early as fall 2017.
The Town continues to work with cell phone providers and others seeking to improve cell phone coverage within Castle Rock. We want to ensure that cell phone providers can efficiently and effectively locate wireless facilities within Town. The Town does have standards that seek to ensure that wireless facilities are compatible with surrounding property and uses.
On May 15, 2018, Town Council received public testimony on a request for a special use permit to allow a cell phone tower to be placed on Town-owned property on the Quarry Mesa Open Space. Town Council voted 5-1 to deny the application. (Following public testimony, the Town's Planning Commission had voted 6-0 to recommend that Town Council deny the application. Town staff had also recommended denial based upon applicable criteria.)
The resolution denying the special use emphasized a number of concerns with the application related to its proposed location, including the incompatibility of the tower structure on Town open space, which was specifically acquired and dedicated to remain as open space.
This is the second Castle Locks Self-Storage project, which will include about 60,000 square feet of storage (399 units) and 2.3 acres of RV storage. The project is under construction and should be open in 2018. View a map of projects currently underway at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity.
This area is part of the new Promenade at Castle Rock. The developer, Alberta Development Partners, has announced this building will be a Hobby Lobby and a Ross. Visit their website to learn about other retailers and amenities coming to the area.
No homes will be built on this temporary pile of dirt. According to Richmond Homes, the stockpile will be gone by mid-August, as they finish excavation work in the area. (The site grading is balanced, so there won’t be any dirt left when the work there is finished.) New piles will show up during underground utility work, but they will be temporary, as well.
In November 2016, 69 percent of Castle Rock voters approved a measure that allowed the Town to keep $714,580 in revenues beyond TABOR limits from 2015. Voters specifically allocated that money to police, fire, emergency medical and transportation purposes. That’s where the money is going.
Here is a detailed list, which Council approved in April 2017:
•Active shooter body armor and shields for 73 Castle Rock Police Officers: $95,360 •Rifle Lights for CRPD: $22,200 •Ballistic/stab-resistant vest for the K9 Unit: $2,950 •Electronic speed signs: $24,000 (note that these will not give tickets) •LIDAR speed detection devices: $12,980 •Crash Data Reader (CRPD): $3,500 •Mobile Fingerprint Units: $5,100 •AEDs for Town buildings and Downtown businesses: $37,000 •AEDs for marked police cars: $53,000 •Stop the Bleed Kids to for local schools (helps bystanders stop life-threatening bleeding): $41,000 •Reserve Brush Unit (CRFD): $15,000 •Telescopic Forklift (CRFD): $47,500 •Vehicle Extrication Equipment (CRFD): $60,000 •Flashing yellow arrows for 19 intersections: $228,000 •Flashing beacons for crosswalks: $70,000
In an effort to continually improve trail connectivity, as part of their development plan, Castle Rock Development Company has hired a contractor to add additional trail segments to the existing Native Legend Trail. The new trail segments are on town property but privately funded by the developer. Construction is expected to be completed this spring, which is why you see the construction fencing (orange mesh). The black tarp barriers are likely for silt fencing to prevent erosion and run-off. The blue flags mark the alignment of the trail for construction.
Currently, Rock Park consists of several parcels the Town has purchased over time in an effort to enhance this iconic landmark. The land that was purchased is designated as R-1 Single-Family, which would allow detached one-family dwellings, small in-home day cares, indoor and outdoor recreation, and underground public utilities, among other uses.
In May 2017, Castle Rock Parks and Recreation proposed a new zoning classification that would remove the single-family residence zoning and allow for recreation and cultural/arts facilities use. The intent of the proposed zoning classification was to have one zone designation that could cover all active parks within Town. Upon hearing public feedback, the Town is now considering a special zoning district specifically for Rock Park.
An ordinance will be presented to Town Council at its Oct. 17 meeting. The purpose is to create a new zone classification, the PL-3 District. This will officially define the park as a natural area and will align the park’s permitted uses with the activities and facilities that currently exist.
Learn more at an informational public meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 in the Town Hall lobby, 100 N. Wilcox St. Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns. Please keep in mind, this new zoning classification would not change any of the park’s features – only make it easier for the Town to maintain the monument.
The PL-3 District would define the park as a natural area with the exception of the service items and features already in existence at the park. Permitted uses on the proposed PL-3 District will generally include open space; wildlife sanctuary; trails and associated service facilities such as restrooms, picnic pavilions and information kiosks; off-street parking and driveways; and temporary community events. Additionally, the PL-3 District would allow for the continued maintenance and operation of the flagpole and Star.
Other public hearing opportunities will be at the Town’s Planning Commission meeting Thursday, Sept. 28. Town Council is also scheduled to review the proposed zoning change for the first time at its Tuesday, Oct. 17 meeting. Both Town Council and Planning Commission meetings begin at 6 p.m. in Town Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Wilcox St.
Currently, the Rock Park site is just over 62 acres and consists of eight previously separated parcels acquired as public open space between 1947 and 1991. Securing this new zoning would help officially consolidate the entire park site. This will help with maintenance for Rock Park and the Star.
The Town of Castle Rock and the Castle Rock Police Department have learned of community concerns surrounding two separate incidents occurring in mid-February 2018.On February 15, 2018, the Police Department received a report of an assault involving a knife in the Safeway parking lot. The Department was able to determine no stabbing or other crime occurred.On February 20, 2018, the Police Department received a report of a robbery in the parking lot of the Ridge Road King Soopers. After a thorough investigation, it was determined no robbery or other crime occurred.Stay tuned as the Police Department is preparing to launch its social media in the coming weeks.Get Town news straight to your inbox. Sign up at CRgov.com/notifyme, or follow the Town of Castle Rock on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Nextdoor and YouTube.
In 2018, the Town is planning a reconstruction of Meadows Parkway between the bridge over U.S. Highway 85 and Praire Hawk Drive.
The concrete pavement was installed in 1987 and has reached the end of its life. To repair the road, crews will remove the concrete pavement and replace it with asphalt. Construction is expected to begin after Memorial Day and last through mid-August.
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What to expectIn all, work is expected to last 75 calendar days, with the goal of completing the work while school is out for the summer. When work begins, portions of the roadway will be down to one lane ineach direction. Discover alternate routes – such as North Meadows Drive, Castle Rock Parkway, Prairie Hawk Drive, Red Hawk Drive, and Coachline Road – at CRgov.com/MeadowsParkway.
The Town knows this temporary inconvenience will lead to long-term gain – a smoother road for the thousands of drivers who use Meadows Parkway each day. Thank you for your patience.
Previous preparationThe Town has been preparing for this work for some time. The timing of this project was purposely planned after the opening of Castle Rock Parkway/North Meadows Drive. In addition, the Town last year worked to improve Coachline Road for an anticipated increase in detour-related traffic.Before work begins this year, a right-turn-only lane will be added from North Meadows Drive to Butterfield Crossing Drive in an effort to keep traffic moving through that intersection.The project is budgeted for $2.5 million. Of that, $1.3 million is coming from a Federal Grant administered through the Denver Regional Council of Governments.
The Town uses several documents when evaluating projects Downtown. Some are requirements, as part of the Municipal Code, while others are guidelines.
This land was zoned in 2002 to allow for a maximum of 160 units of assisted living/nursing home, or 80 multifamily units, or 38 single family homes. It could also be developed with a mix of these uses, although the developable area is only 3.85 acres, so the owner has indicated it is more likely to be either just assisted living or multifamily. Over 1 acre of open space is planned. The developer has not been in contact recently on this site, so the timing of its development is unknown at this time. There would be public hearings with the next phase, a site development plan, when the developer chooses to move forward. At that time, public hearing signs would be placed on the property, and properties within 300 feet of the site would be notified by mail.
The Town is considering purchasing the gas station on the east side of Wilcox at I-25 for use for future transportation needs. The Town’s due diligence period extends into first quarter 2019, so additional information would be available after that time. There are no current applications related to the gas station on the west side of Wilcox at I-25, so if and how that parcel may redevelop is unknown at this time.
A new Starbucks is under construction in this area. View additional information about that project.
The property is currently owned by Heir & Company, a Castle Rock business. They are currently using the building for apartments. There have been numerous discussions about renovation of the existing building or renovation of the existing building with an addition to expand the usable square footage. However, there have only been discussions, with no formal action plans. In addition, the Town’s Historic Preservation Board has nominated the building twice for Colorado’s Endangered Places Program, but it has not been accepted. The hope was to get exposure for the building and, therefore, expand possible grant opportunities.
Located at the northeast corner of Wolfensberger and Coachline roads, the Hillside community concept is to create a modern new urban village with multiple housing types. The developer has an approved Site Development Plan for 130 units in this area. They have been working with the Town to finalize the neighborhood construction documents for the roadway and utility designs. The developer has not determined when they will start construction on the neighborhood yet. View information about this and other active developments on the Town's Development Activity Map.
The proposed Festival Park Commons project is a result of a request for proposals the Town distributed in 2017 to develop a public parking structure in the existing parking lot south of Town Hall. The chosen developer is still working on concepts, including redevelopment of the three other lots south of Town Hall into the plan, and a formal land use application has not been submitted to the Town. A schedule has not been proposed at this time.
The Town knows parking, especially Downtown, is a priority for residents and business owners. The Town recently hired a consultant to conduct a Downtown Parking Study to evaluate current and future needs, as well as to get recommendations for increasing parking. Town staff is reviewing suggested implementation items that resulted from the study. One of those is establishing off-street parking requirements for new residential and commercial development in the Downtown area. In addition, Town Council has also supported new striping along Wilcox and Perry streets, which will add some on-street parking. Finally, once the new roundabout at Third and Perry streets is constructed, we will see additional parking gains near that intersection. Learn more about the parking study at CRgov.com/ParkingStudy. Learn about the roundabout at CRgov.com/PerryRoundabout.
We do not have any information on a Dunkin’ Donuts coming to Castle Rock.
Annexation is the process by which a property becomes incorporated into the Town of Castle Rock’s jurisdiction. With that annexation, the area benefits from services the Town provides, such as public safety, snow removal, street maintenance, park maintenance and more. It also means taxable units or sales tax from that property help pay for those services. All annexation proposals must follow a State-mandated process, which includes public hearings. As part of that process, Town Council must make three decisions:Substantial Compliance: Does the annexation petition comply with State Code?Eligibility: Is the property eligible to be annexed in accordance with State Code?Annexation: Should the property be annexed?The Town has several proposals under consideration. Learn more and view the annexation proposals at CRgov.com/Annexation.
Like in most municipalities, all development – including building, planning and zoning – is handled by the Town’s Development Services Department. A new development must start with a proposed plan.
The plan is submitted to Development Services, which is staffed with experts. Engineers, community planners and designers evaluate the plan on everything from traffic and water impacts to design and aesthetic standards. Their goal is to ensure every new development not only matches the community’s vision but also makes technical sense and, above all, is safe to use. Then, the public process can begin. Planned developments are presented to the public through Planning Commission, community meetings, and Town Council. Then, staff follows up with developers to ensure public comments taken at public meetings are incorporated into the plan to the extent possible. You can see the projects going through this process using the map at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity. Sometimes, if the zoning use on the area is already in line with what the developer is proposing, it can be reviewed and approved by staff.
It’s important to know this process is market-driven. When the economy supports new amenities, developers will approach the Town with their ideas.
The short answer is no. Town Code does not require conditioned air. Exhaust air may be required, and the conditioned air is drawn in from that. However, a supply air can be run to bathrooms. It just isn’t required.
The Town has no regulations in this area. The Colorado Department of Agriculture oversees licensed contractors who perform this work.
The residential project near Enderud and Ridge, known as Upper Sunstone Village, is a development of 261 single-family detached and attached homes. It is part of the Terrain Community, and does not include apartments. You can find out more about this project by visiting http://gis.crgov.com/hyperlinks/external/IYBY/UpperSunstoneVillage.pdf.Additionally, this development will be discussed at the Feb. 5, 2019,Town Council meeting, which is open to the public.
In regards to the Canyons South Proposal status "The property is currently zoned for development in Douglas County jurisdiction." What does that mean for Castle Rock? It seems that this large development is being planned within Castle Rock but not annexed in to Castle Rock. How does that work? Thank you.
Canyons South property has been zoned for development in Douglas County for quite some time. Past approvals allow them to build up to 968 single-family homes, a golf course, school sites and associated open space areas. In 2015, they requested to Annex into Castle Rock and increase their density up to 1,506 homes, remove the golf course, but still have schools and open space. During that process, the land owner decided to keep the zoning already approved in the County. Douglas County will be the governing body to issue building permits, own and maintain the roadways, and collect property taxes. Please contact Douglas County if you have further questions regarding where they are in the process of building this neighborhood.
The Town posts information about active developments within its jurisdiction online at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity.
No. This was a proposed idea. Town staff received a Preliminary Project Application (PPA) in November of 2017 for a sports complex located west of Ridge Road and north of Plum Creek Parkway. Town staff has not received any communication from the applicant since the comments then. Therefore the Town considers this application closed. The Preliminary Project Application is not a formal application. Instead, it is a way for developers to solicit comments from Town staff regarding the required processes for a proposed project.
Town Council approved a rezoning of the property in May 2016 for multifamily housing. The project is delayed because the applicant is questioning the requirement to install road and utility improvements within the time frame noted in the Council-approved development agreement.
Plum Creek Investments LLC has submitted a Site Development Plan for a retail strip center with gas station at the southeast corner of East Plum Creek Parkway and South Lake Gulch Road. The retail strip center is a 7,200-foot, multi-tenant retail building. A convenience store will occupy approximately 5,100 square feet, while the remaining 2,1000 square feet are reserved for a future tenant yet to be determined. Six fuel stations are proposed to be in front of the building under a canopy. An automated drive-through car wash facility will also be located on the property.
The proposed uses are allowed by zoning; however, any development of this area would be required to go through a public hearing for interface regulations, to be in compliance with the rules required on commercial properties next to residential uses. The Site Development Plan is still under staff review, and public hearing dates have yet to be determined.
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The Pine Canyon property is currently zoned in Douglas County as Agriculture One (A1) and is not within Town municipal borders. This property is currently going through a review process with Development Services. The latest submittal to the Town on this proposed project was received in November 2017. This is the ninth proposal related to this property that has been submitted over the course of many years.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’s generally north of Scott Boulevard and south of Founders Parkway. (Or, generally north of Douglas County High School.) The applicant currently proposes to annex into the Town and change the zoning to allow for a mix of single-family and multifamily housing (up to 1,320 dwellings). The proposal also includes 133 acres of open space and 57 acres of land for public use (schools, parks, etc.) The proposal also includes up to 40,000 square feet of non-residential development, such as offices, retail stores and restaurants on the east side of I-25, and up to 775,000 square feet of non-residential development on the west side of I-25.As part of this process, public hearings are required at various stages, including presentations to both the Planning Commission and Town Council. All public hearing dates are posted online at CRgov.com/Notices. The applicant is required to send letters to homeowners in the area (within 300 feet), and there will be a yellow public notice sign placed on the property. There are no public hearings scheduled for this proposal at this time. More information and all the proposal documents are online.
In 2010, Town Council approved a Planned Development Plan for that area. That plan included 117 homes. Now, a new builder is interested in developing that area. The developer conducted two neighborhood meetings to date and received feedback expressing concerns over the proposed increase in density.
If the developer were to stick with the originally approved plan, construction could begin with proper construction documents. If the developer were to make any changes to the original plan – such as increasing the density of homes, building elevations, open space allocations, site setbacks, or overall site layout – the new plan would have to go through a public process. That process would include public hearings with the Planning Commission and then go to Town Council for consideration. To date, the applicant has suggested an increase in density up to 168 homes. However, the Town has not received a formal application. Depending on the increase in density that is ultimately submitted with a formal application, there would be numerous impacts, such as traffic impacts, that would need to be studied and discussed before the public process would begin.
When formal development plans are submitted, the Town updates its Development Activity map at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity.
That area – just north of the new Castle Rock Parkway interchange and behind Home Depot – is owned by Alberta Development Partners. Some of it is located within the Town’s jurisdiction, and part of it is within Douglas County’s jurisdiction. At this time, Alberta has sent proposed ideas to the Town through a Preliminary Project Application.
The Preliminary Project Application is not a formal application. Instead, it is a way for developers to solicit comments from Town staff regarding the required processes for a proposed project. In this case, some of the area would have to be annexed into the Town. In addition, the proposed idea would have to go through zoning, site development, construction document evaluation and erosion control processes – some of which require public hearings and neighborhood meetings. The proposed idea includes both residential and commercial development options.
For this 56-acre proposal, 34.9 acres already exist within the Town (zoned as Integrated Business back in the 1990s), and 21.7 acres would have to be annexed into the Town.
The formal annexation application begins when the owner/developer of the property submits an annexation application to the Town. No formal application has been submitted, and nothing has been presented to Town Council for consideration. Learn more about the Town’s annexation process at CRgov.com/annexation.
This parcel is owned by the Town as part of Front Street’s right-of-way, which is reserved for future road widening, or road improvement projects. There are no plans for improvements at this time.
This area is known as the Oaks Subdivision. The landowner is currently looking at requesting an increase in the number of homes previously approved. They have been conducting neighborhood outreach and have not at this time submitted an official application. Information about neighborhood meetings related to development can be found on the Public Notices calendar at CRgov.com/events. (To find past events, click the “show past events” box on the calendar and enter your search in the search bar.)
That land is a dedicated for a school site. At this time, the Town does not have any requests to develop a school on this site. When we receive requests, and developments begin going through our process, we post information on our Development Activity Map at CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity.
A fire pit with seating was put in by Mod Pizza. More community gathering sites are planned for the upper area of The Promenade, but locations are still be determined.
Alberta is working to get its website working again. Meanwhile, they ask that those seeking updates contact them at 303-771-4004 or email@example.com.
There is a retaining wall at the Promenade development that sustained damage during a July 2018 rain storm. The wall was installed by the Promenade’s developer and inspected by a third-party engineer. The July storm overwhelmed the temporary sediment pond above the wall, resulting in water and mud overtopping the retaining wall. As a result, dirt and sediment accumulated on Castlegate Drive. Town staff cleaned up this public street with the cost charged back to the developer, and the developer remediated the site and rebuilt the retaining wall on their private property. A structural engineer has inspected the repairs and determined there is no danger to the public. The developer has installed additional drainage that should prevent the same thing from happening in the future.
Albert Development Partners announced at Town Council’s Aug. 21 meeting that Whole Foods has officially signed a 20-year lease for space in the Promenade. The natural-grocery store is planning to open in late 2019/early 2020.
Looking at the vision book for the Promenade, it appears that Alberta is leaving out A LOT of the amenities that were promised to create this "High Class" shopping experience and we are being left with a shopping center we can find anywhere else that is nothing special. What has been completed so far is just a fraction of what their documents show for area's that are completed already. What is being done by the town to ensure that the developer is delivering what was promised as many people I've talked to are disappointed with what has been done so far. I've tried contacting Alberta directly but they ignore all communications and their website has broken links that don't work.
Town staff in late March 2018 met with the Promenade Development Team to discuss existing conditions and review specific site design and landscape elements identified in the Council-approved Promenade Vision Book. The project is 60 percent complete and ahead of the initial 5-year schedule. The existing and proposed tenant mix, pedestrian gathering areas, and ongoing improvements to emphasize the “mountain to prairie” architecture and landscape material theme will be completed with each phase of the project. The development team noted that landscape improvements and pedestrian gathering areas will undergo further development in the spring and summer of 2018 and beyond. The tenant mix is consistent with the commercial needs of the community and initial presentation to Council, including additional sit-down restaurants and retail sales options. View a current site map, including updated businesses, at CRgov.com/Promenade.
Hi! Can you provide an update on the Promenade shopping area? It looks like we are building more than we can fill. Several store fronts, including the one by TJ Maxx and around other areas have been empty for a long time and yet land is still being cleared. There also has not been any action on the old King Soopers and now talk of the development of Millers Landing. This is very concerning to many residents.
The Promenade at Castle Rock is in its third year, and built-out is expected to take about five years. The developer, Alberta Development Partners, decides which businesses will go in various locations, based on the market. The area is about 40 percent completed. You can learn more about coming businesses on Alberta’s Promenade at Castle Rock webpage.
It’s just a cluster of fast food shops, discount stores, mini-malls and parking lots.The Promenade at Castle Rock is in year three, of a five-year build-out plan, and there’s about 40 percent left to go. The types of businesses going into the development are market-driven and determined by the developer, Alberta Development Partners. You can view the design book at CRgov.com/Promenade. There is also a link to Alberta’s site, where the company announces new businesses.
The Town and Alberta Development Partners (the developer of the Promenade) entered into a financial agreement in 2014. The Town agreed to share new tax revenue generated on the property. No existing Town revenues nor funds were committed to the project. Instead, it is a sharing of tax revenue the Town otherwise would not receive. This revenue helps fund necessary public services such as fire, police, road maintenance and more.
Key aspects of the agreement include: • The Town shares 27.5 percent of new sales tax revenues generated from that property for up to 25 years and will fund up to $4.45 million in development fee reimbursements and an additional $750,000 fee reimbursement tied to achieving 700,000 square feet in commercial development. • The metro district on the development property intends to issue and repay $28.8 million in net bond proceeds for qualifying public improvements. • Alberta intends to acquire the land, develop the property and otherwise fund the $180 million project. • The financial agreements also include restrictions on Alberta relocating certain existing business in Castle Rock to the new development.
View the agreement and learn more at CRgov.com/Promenade.
...space and not 118 new residences? There are so many negatives against developing that area.
The Town has specific requirements for notifying residents of new development activity. For The Meadows Filing 16, a description of the project, the vicinity map and site plan were made available to the public on the Development Activity Map in July 2018, when the application was first received. The Development Activity Map is accessible from every page on CRgov.com through a link at the top of the page. Further, public notice signs have been posted on the site since Nov. 28, 2018. As to your question about a donation, the developer donated over 200 acres of land for the construction of Philip S. Miller Park, and more than 40 percent of The Meadows’ land area is reserved for open space. For more information and to stay up-to-date with public notices, visit CRgov.com/development.
This land is owned by Castle Rock Development Co. The horses belong to a private owner leasing that land.
We are new residents, and were told by the realtor that Castle Rock prohibits building along crests of hills in an effort to not block out views. My question pertains to the CityScape development by Richmond (on Meadows Boulevard just west of the hospital). It is not on a crest, but the homes are 4 stories tall, and completely blot out the high mountain range, leaving only sky visible. They are actually on land that is lower than our homes across the road, but they are very tall. I'm just wondering if there are any protections in place that relate to existing homes and views?Castle Rock does not have any regulations regarding existing homes and their views. Our Skyline/Ridgeline ordinance limits building height in specific protected areas that are designated on the Development Constraints Map. (See link below.) Some homes built in these Skyline/Ridgeline areas have reduced building height, additional landscaping, limited to earth tone colors, or have gone through a variance process to not have these limitations (based on detailed criteria). The CityScape homes are not limited due to this ordinance and are being built within the allowed building height of 60 feet for this Town Center neighborhood.
This area will be additional paired homes from builder KB. (Northwest corner of Celestial Avenue and Low Meadow Boulevard). Further to the west at Jonquil Street and Celestial Avenue will be single family homes from Lennar. You can learn about what’s being built around Town with our Development Activity Map.
About $7.2 million in grocery tax revenue is projected in 2019, making up 14 percent of the $51.8 million in total sales tax revenue anticipated for the year. Grocery tax only applies to food purchased at the store and then eaten at home. Other items such as paper goods, cleaning supplies, toiletries and even foods that can be immediately consumed, such as prepared sandwiches, are taxed separately from groceries.
No, renewable water is funded through growth-related revenue from new development in Castle Rock, as well as from fees on monthly water bills. The Town’s water funds are classified as enterprise funds, meaning they legally can receive only minimal tax support.
Yes. Part of the Town’s sales tax revenue is allocated to the Transportation Fund. That fund provides for maintenance of streets – including snow removal – as well as for capital projects. Elimination of the grocery tax would impact the resources available annually for street maintenance and construction.
The Town estimates it will end 2018 with $18.2 million available in its General Fund. Of that total, $9.6 million is unobligated, or not already designated for a particular use. The Town believes this reserve amount reflects sound cash management in the event of an economic downturn, given the Town’s annual General Fund expenditures exceed $50 million.
Your tax money supports the Town's Fire and Rescue, Police, streets, Parks, Open Space, Recreation Center and administration services.
On average, the owner of a $300,000 home in Castle Rock pays about $35 in property tax from the Town. The rest of the Town's funding comes from sales tax revenue.
No. The Town is a full-service municipality, offering police, fire and rescue, parks and recreation, water, building/planning/zoning, and roads/public works services to the community. However, other public entities work within Castle Rock, too. For example, Douglas County provides social, correctional and other services; CDOT maintains traffic signals on and near state highways; and the Douglas County School District is responsible for oversight of local schools. There’s even a separate cemetery district. Waste removal, meanwhile, generally is handled privately, or by a homeowners’ association.
No. Local schools – including teacher salaries and building maintenance costs – are funded through the Douglas County School District. More information about funding for Douglas County schools can be found at dcsdk12.org.
Several neighborhoods in Castle Rock have Metropolitan Districts, “Metro Districts” for short. These Metro Districts are separate governmental entities and are usually created by the developer/property owner at the time of initial development of the neighborhood or subdivision to allow for a special, localized mill levy to be imposed for certain development-related improvements (local streets, waterlines, landscaping, neighborhood amenities, etc.). These mill levies continue to support debt payments for initial improvement costs, some maintenance and new enhancements and other items set out in the approved service plans for the Metro Districts.
Metro Districts – and their mill levies - vary widely throughout Castle Rock as shown in this Town-prepared report.
Since the Metro Districts are separate entities, specific budget questions should be directed to the Metro District. For Founders Village, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many, but not all, businesses in the Promenade area have an additional Public Improvement Fee (PIF) that is assessed and remitted to the metropolitan district in that area. The metro district uses that revenue to repay debt it issued to construct the infrastructure to develop the area.
Castle Rock’s sales tax is 7.9 percent. The receipt also indicates taxes charged by other jurisdictions, which, in some cases, tax items at a different rate than the Town. For example, the Town taxes food for home consumption (gallon of milk, loaf of bread etc.), but the State of Colorado and Douglas County do not. Therefore, for all food for home consumption, the only tax that should be applied is at the 4% rate. However, there are many things everyone taxes, such as laundry detergent, which would have a tax rate of 7.9%. The different rates are broken down by the grocery store’s system, which charges the correct tax on each item, according to the jurisdiction’s tax base. Therefore, it would be incorrect to add up all the percentages to 10.8 percent. Rather, the receipt shows a breakdown of various jurisdiction’s taxes.
A balanced budget is a core part of the Town’s annual planning efforts. In fact, state law requires local governments to balance their budgets. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Town Council on Dec. 18, 2018, approved a 180-day suspension on the establishment of new businesses related to kratom sales. (The action does not impact the sale, consumption nor possession of kratom.) Learn more on our webpage about the topic.
Weekend home builder signs (Richmond, KB, DRHorton, Kaufman, etc.) I have previously raised this concern to Town Council, Town Manager, Planning/Zoning and was told that the Town does not have money in the budget to enforce. I don't believe this excuse when I see the Town "blow" $1.4M on an unnecessary round about.
Town staff enforcement illegal signs during normal business hours. This topic was discussed by Town Council, and it was determined that timeframe was the best use of resources. Town staff typically will do a sweep Friday afternoon and Monday morning to stay on top of illegal signs.
Flags in need of retirement can be brought to Douglas County’s Office of Veterans Affairs, which is in the basement of the County building at 301 Wilcox St.
No, Castle Rock does not have a sister city.
A replat is a process used to reconfigure, add or delete lots. For example, replatting can allow multiple lots to become one large lot, or one lot to become two lots. The purpose of the Rock Park replat is to create a single lot and clean up the legal description of the park.
Plum Creek Golf Club Pool is a private facility. In the past, the owner has discussed possible redevelopment, but no applications have been submitted to the Town. Information about active development (and redevelopment) can be found on the Town's Development Activity Map.
This undeveloped land is part of the Town’s Mitchell Gulch Park. Someday, the Town would like to expand the park and improve this area. There are no formal plans at this time. Information about active development projects is on the Town's Development Activity Map.
The Town does not maintain, and has not improved, the rock scramble that is the ascent and descent to and from the top of Castle Rock. If you are a skilled climber or hiker, you can probably make it to the top. Climbing to the top is not generally illegal, but it is not recommended. You are responsible for your own safety and your decision to leave the trail.
The Rock has sheer walls that drop 50 feet or more, and falls have resulted in serious injuries and deaths. The climb down is more difficult than the climb up. Do not risk your life by depending on vegetation to stop a slip.
Climbers can be held responsible if hiking outside the park’s hours of dusk to dawn, if creating a dangerous condition such as kicking rocks off of the summit – even if on accident – or for requiring an emergency response.
Current zoning requires that the Rock remain in a natural condition. The Town does not have any plans to construct a staircase to the top.
The Town maintains the Star, a flagpole and security cameras on top of Castle Rock. Skilled workers from the Fire and Parks and Recreation departments make the climb, using safety gear as necessary, to perform needed maintenance.
The Town knows hockey and ice skating are popular in Colorado. Most ice rinks in Colorado have been built through either a public/private partnership or by a dedicated funding source, such as taxes. (Some of that is due to the cost to build and maintain them). While there has been some interest from the private sector in building a new ice rink in Castle Rock, no construction is currently planned.
One recent idea has been presented through a Preliminary Project Application. The Preliminary Project Application is not a formal application. Instead, it is a way for developers to solicit comments from Town staff regarding the required processes for a proposed project. The proposed idea would have to go through zoning, site development, construction document evaluation and erosion control processes – some of which require public hearings and neighborhood meetings.
Currently, the Downtown Development Authority has its seasonal Rink at the Rock Downtown at Fifth and Perry streets. It’s generally open each year from Starlighting in November through Presidents’ Day.
This project was proposed as a public/private partnership in 2015 between the Town of Castle Rock and Snowsports 365. At this time, the Town has not received a request from Snowsports 365 to move forward with development of facility, which is dependent on a private investment. The potential for this project still exists, but we do not have a timeframe for development.
Overall, 28 percent of Castle Rock is currently dedicated to parks and open space – either public or private. Town planners estimate that more than a third of Castle Rock’s total area will be dedicated to open space when the Town is fully built out. (View our map, which shows both current and planned parks and open space.)
Remember, what looks like open space may not be defined as open space. Some areas of Town may look like open space because there is nothing built there. In fact, many of these “open” areas of land were entitled for development in previous years – some back to the 1980s. Along with market demand, these developers are following through on the use of those entitlements.
Castle Rock is 34.31 square miles (or 21,958 acres). Here is a breakdown of parks and open space within Town:
Town-owned open space: 2,864 acres
HOA or Metro District open space: 1,444 acres
Douglas County open space: 716 acres within Town limits
Town-managed parks: 587 acres
Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course: 195 acres
Castle Rock Recreation Center: 10 acres
Private parks: 29 acres
Private recreation facilities: 68 acres
Douglas County parks within Town limits: 57 acres
Planned Town-owned parks: 252 acres
Learn about the Town’s parks and open space at CRgov.com/Parks.
This central gathering place is transforming into a modern Downtown center thanks to a partnership between the Town and the Downtown Development Authority.
Construction is underway on the park, located at Second and Perry streets Downtown. Planned new amenities include a landing pavilion, splash pad, fire pits, an open lawn, a creek-side picnic area, market plaza, bridge connections to Town Hall parking, improved lighting and seating, an overlook walkway with an iconic lantern feature and a water-play area in Sellars Gulch. In addition to the new amenities, stormwater improvements along Sellars Gulch will be implemented to align with natural flood plain regulations and provide public access to the creek.
The project is expected to be completed in fall 2017. The total project cost is about $6.9 million. Get weekly updates at CRgov.com/FestivalPark. Learn more about the DDA at downtowncastlerock.com.
For signs on Town streets, the Castle Rock Police Department would be the enforcing agency. Violations can be reported to the nonemergency Police line at 303-663-6100.
Both are illegal. Vehicles must park with the flow of traffic and cannot park on the sidewalk.
Dirt bikes that are registered with the State are legal to drive on streets. As to the open space, if someone has permission from the property owner - the Meadows HOA, in this case - to use the property in that way, they may. If they do not have permission from an HOA representative, then riding in that area could be considered trespassing and/or damaging property.
With the passage of the Colorado Medical Use of Marijuana, Initiative 20 (in 2000), and the Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64 (in 2012), marijuana use (subject to certain restrictions) was legalized in the State. Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution, Section 16 (3)(d), titled “Personal Use and Regulation of Marijuana” states: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following acts are not unlawful and shall not be an offense under Colorado law or the law of any locality within Colorado or be a basis for seizure, or forfeiture of assets under Colorado law for persons twenty-one years of age or older: (d) Consumption of marijuana, provided that nothing in this section shall permit consumption that is conducted openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others. A number of Colorado statutes also govern various aspects of marijuana use. Generally, property owners are permitted to make their own choices about marijuana use on their property. However, there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account when making determinations surrounding the “legality” of marijuana use, on private property, which are driven by particularized factual circumstances. Accordingly, we are not in a position to make global statements about any specific situation. The Castle Rock Police Department is sworn to enforce the laws and it is committed to doing so.
Although no community is immune from crime, Castle Rock is a very safe community. Our crimes against persons crime rate has actually decreased since 2012.
The population of Castle Rock has grown from 51,573 in 2012 to 62,036 in 2016. During this time, the crime rate for crimes against persons, which includes crimes such as aggravated assaults and robberies, actually decreased from 1.2 crimes per thousand in 2012 to 0.79 crimes per thousand in 2016. For example, there were 7 robberies reported in 2012 versus 4 robberies reported in 2016. Aggravated assaults have stayed consistent with 29 in 2012 and 29 in 2016.
The crime rate for crimes against property has increased from 16.3 crimes per thousand in 2012 to 18.55 crimes per thousand in 2016. This increase can be attributed to retail theft, fraud and ID theft.
The Castle Rock Police Department has grown appropriately to keep up with population growth as we strive to continue to provide a high level of public safety service to the community. In 2012, Castle Rock Police had 54 officers (or 1.05 officers per thousand population) and in 2016, our department had grown to 71 officers (or 1.14 officers per thousand population.)
It is worth noting Castle Rock received recognition in May as being among the safest places in all of Colorado from LendEDU. Crime stats are published each year in CRPD’s annual report. Visit CRgov.com/police.
Here is a link to LendEDU's Safest Cities blog, with further pertinent information:
A group called the Federal Protection Agency (follow them on Facebook) provides escorts of fallen military personnel to and from Denver International Airport. Usually, they are taking the fallen member from Colorado Springs to DIA to be flown home.
Whenever this occurs, they notify all public safety agencies along the route of their estimated travel times. When possible, CRFD stands at to the overpasses to render honors as the fallen member passes through Castle Rock. Castle Rock police officers and Douglas County sheriff’s deputies also join when available, and most public safety agencies pay their respects along the entire route.
As a home rule municipality, the Town of Castle Rock has its own set of local laws and codes. It's prudent for a local government to take a look at its laws to ensure they are up to par with current legal best practices and local culture. That's why Town staff started a review of Town Code related to animals in 2017.
After conducting research and gathering public feedback, Town staff has recommendations for the Castle Rock community and Town Council to consider. One of those recommendations is to replace the current ban on Pit Bulls with a two-tired, behavior-based potentially dangerous/dangerous provision.
Town staff conducted extensive research throughout the review process and found most Colorado communities do not have breed-specific bans. Research shows breed-specific bans present a number of challenges and are difficult to enforce. That's why the team is making the recommendation to move away from a breed-specific ban to a two-tiered, behavior-based potentially dangerous and dangerous animal system. The proposed system would allow authorities to focus on the particular behavior of a dog and not it's appearance or genetic make-up.
It's important to note, the proposed system also outlines definitions for both potentially dangerous and dangerous animals. These definitions are designed to proactively manage a potentially dangerous dog, and would not necessarily require a dog to injure/bite another animal or person before being classified as potentially dangerous. Additionally, dangerous dogs would be clearly defined, and steps to remove the animal from Town limits would be outlined.
Staff has also proposed revisions to other areas of Town Code related to a variety of animals, including chickens, bees, dogs, cats, wildlife and more. It's important to note, Town Council has not made a decision. Learn more about the proposals and next steps, and provide your feedback.
Timing signals is an imperfect science, and in Castle Rock, managing that science is a partnership between the Town and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
CDOT owns and operates signals along US Highway 85, including the segment between U.S. 85 and I-25 known as Meadows Parkway. The same is true for Founders Parkway, between I-25 and Fifth Street. Some signals are pre-programmed to go with the ebb and flow of traffic, based on traffic counts and patterns during certain times of the day.
Considering the level of growth and changing traffic patterns in and around Castle Rock, the Town and CDOT have regular discussions and review traffic operations. You can learn more about the Town’s philosophy and how we measure this topic in our asset management plan on our website.
Castle Rock plans for the future of its transportation network with the Transportation Master Plan, which was updated this year. Page ES9 of the plan shows the completed street network anticipated for the Town’s full build-out. The development market will determine when full build-out occurs, which is why the Town is always planning for the future.
Specifically for Cobblestone Ranch, the Transportation Master Plan shows the existing two access roads - CO Highway 83 (Parker Road) and several other access points to CO Highway 86 (Founders Parkway) through the Terrian. While major access roads are not part of the plan, Castle Oaks Drive west of Cobblestone Ranch will be improved by the developer to include curbs and walking or biking lanes that will connect to the Terrian. The timing for all of these improvements depends on the pace of growth. With this area under construction, some of the slight delays may be coming from construction traffic, which won’t be a factor once the area is fully completed.
Generally speaking, the Town defines two types of roadwork: maintenance and capital improvement projects.
For maintenance projects, the Town takes a strategic approach through the annual Pavement Maintenance Program. Neighborhood roadwork is concentrated to one of five areas of Town on a rotating basis. This maintenance extends the life of Town roads and helps the Town get the most out of its investment in infrastructure. Learn more at CRgov.com/PMP. In 2018, the Town will also reconstruct a portion of Meadows Parkway.
Capital improvement projects are those that address safety or congestion-related concerns. They’re new lanes, new roads, etc. For example, in 2017, the Town will install a roundabout at Third and Perry streets Downtown. In the design phase are improvements to intersections at Founders Parkway and Allen Way as well as at Founders Parkway and Crowfoot Valley Road. Get details on the Town’s Capital Improvement Program at CRgov.com/CIP.
Sellars Gulch is a surface stream that flows into East Plum Creek. The stream has natural flows that come from rain and snow, sprinkler systems, and natural surface springs. Surface streams, like Sellars Gulch, are a dynamic system that lose and gain water as they travel downstream. Sellars Gulch is wet around Festival Park, but then dips below ground. The water spreads among the sand and gravel underground, but then can be extracted as a drinking water supply downstream. Water that exists in the sand and gravel adjacent to a surface stream below ground is called an alluvial aquifer.
We are being proactive and asking for your help. Every year before summer, Castle Rock Water prepares a Summer Demand Plan, which helps predict what the summer water supply demand will look like. This plan takes into account new water supplies, weather projections and other changes in our community.
The recent hot, dry weather and lack of rain has resulted in East Plum Creek, one of our renewable water sources in Castle Rock, dropping to record low levels. Our proactive approach to conservation during this hot weather, is about peak demand on our systems. Castle Rock Water has a deep groundwater supply. And now, we also have renewable water. Still, we want to be mindful of all of our resources.
What does peak demand mean? Imagine four people in your house all taking long, hot showers at the same time – all while the dishwasher and laundry machine runs on the hot cycle. The hot water heater cannot keep up with the demand all at once, so next time, you may reduce the time in the shower ¬– much like we are asking residents, HOAs, and businesses to do with outside watering.
Lately, residents, HOAs and commercial customers have been using more water than normal. Typical water usage over the summer is about 12.4 million gallons per day. (Typical water usage outside of summer/irrigation months averages approximately 4 million gallons per day.) The past few weeks, the community has been using up to 16.5 million gallons daily. That’s a 25 percent increase, and it’s putting stress on our system during peak times. It’s not that we’re running out of water, it’s that our infrastructure cannot keep up with the peak demand.
For Castle Rock Water it means at certain times of the day the water in our storage tanks is being used by outdoor watering faster than the tanks are being filled. To keep up with that demand, Castle Rock Water is asking residents to be mindful of their outdoor water use. Additionally, HOAs and commercial customers are being placed on a three-day-per-week watering schedule.
What does this mean for you? Help us be proactive in managing our water resources. Stick to the every-third-day watering schedule and work to reduce usage by at least 20 percent. That means if you are watering 10 minutes per cycle, cut back to 8 minutes. That’s really all your lawn needs! Additionally, residents can water between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., and commercial customers can water between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Keep in mind, if you water in the middle of the day, temperatures are so hot, you can lose up to 50 percent of that water due to evaporation.
Most importantly - you don’t need to water every day. Being efficient with your outdoor watering can help your landscape be healthy and save water.
If you’re looking for more ways to cut back, Castle Rock Water will be adding additional funds to the rebate program. Head to CRconserve.com for more conservation tips or to apply for the rebate program.
No, but our rates are a result of the local challenges related to water in our semi-arid region. Like most South Metro communities, Castle Rock is transitioning from a deep groundwater, nonrenewable supply to a renewable supply from snow and rain. This will ensure a sustainable water source for the future. See how we compare to Front Range providers and see how one study compares water and sewer rates nationally. Keep in mind that comparing water bills is not easy, as every water provider is different. For instance, one reason a water bill from Denver Water is less than Castle Rock Water is that it is for drinking water service only. Separate bills (or property taxes imposed) are required for wastewater and stormwater in some other communities. Rates and fees are analyzed and adjusted annually, and this plan is reviewed by a resident-driven, open-meeting Water Commission.
With recent changes over the last several years, developers are required to utilize landscaping materials designed for our semi-arid environment. For example, Kentucky Bluegrass is not allowed on common spaces and, in 2018, it is no longer allowed anywhere for new development in the Town – including on residential lots. Developers must follow our landscape criteria manual with prescribed low-water-use plants and irrigation practices.
While we are high, mountain desert, we don’t call it desert-scape. We don’t even call it xeriscape. These terms give the idea of rock and cactus. While beautiful, this is not the native Colorado landscape. Castle Rock advocates “Coloradoscape,” with a variety of colorful, low-water-use plants, accented by boulders and organic mulch.
Castle Rock Water has been purchasing water rights in areas of the South Platte River watershed for the last five years as part of our long-term water supply strategic master plan. We are also working on projects to fully reuse all of the water the Town already owns the legal right to use. While we work to build infrastructure (pipes, tanks, plants, etc.) to use that water, Castle Rock leases the water to other entities in order to maximize revenues, to help offset the costs to our customers for developing these water supplies. Our goal is to keep rates as low as we can while still ensuring we have a healthy water supply, updated infrastructure and sustainable water future.
They are not intended, nor designed, to alert people in houses, businesses or vehicles of tornado warnings. Most outdoor warning systems in place in Colorado today are remnants of the old civil defense siren system.
Outdoor warning systems are expensive. Based on the model that says one siren covers 1 mile, the Town would need a minimum of 33 sirens at a cost of about $35,000 each, or $1.16 million. That amount does not include annual maintenance and fees.
To be prepared in the event of tornadic activity, the Town recommends that each homeowner and business purchase a NOAA weather radio. A good radio costs $25 and $50 and can be purchased at local stores. Some even are portable. These radios will alert you to any severe weather, not just tornadoes.
Residents also can register with a number of free services on the Internet to have severe weather alerts sent to their mobile devices.
These steps will ensure that you get notified of severe weather whether you are at home, work or outdoors. Preparedness begins with the individual, and these are two easy steps to be more prepared.
The testing process to become a firefighter includes practical job-related tests (fire-based and EMS-based), peer and Chief’s interview panels and successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test offered by the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department, South Metro Fire / Rescue or equivalent CPAT certificate. Offers of employment are contingent on successful criminal history check, reference check, fit-for-duty physical, driving record check and previous employer check.
The Fire and Rescue Department only accepts applications during specified posting times annually, which are posted on this website. The Fire and Rescue Department does not accept applications on an ongoing basis. Applications received during non-specified posting times with not be accepted. Please check this website for updates on employment opportunities with the Fire and Rescue Department.
All group classes have a minimum of three participants. Preschool classes have a maximum of four participants and youth classes have a maximum of six participants.
Kratom is an unregulated herbal substance found in the leaves of a Southeast Asian tree. The leaves can be made into a tea, chewed or made into a capsule. The active ingredients in kratom have effects similar to an amphetamine, pain reliever or stimulant.
Town Council adopted the ordinance on an emergency basis to provide a temporary suspension on potential new kratom businesses. Typically, an ordinance would be considered by Town Council twice – first and second reading. There were concerns that potential kratom businesses would submit applications before the Town’s survey process was complete. In order to minimize the impact to businesses, this ordinance was finalized more quickly.
No, this ordinance does not make kratom illegal. The Town is not looking at criminalizing kratom conduct, and this ordinance does not impact the sale, consumption or possession of kratom.
Dedicated and known public open space, school and park properties generally have formal Town signs explaining the intended use. Yet, sometimes, even these uses change and real estate professionals – even very knowledgeable ones – may not know about recent developments or unusual agreements. Therefore, always feel free to call the Planning Division directly with questions regarding vacant land near your prospective home, 303-660-1393.
Our Planning Division can help you determine what the zoning is for your neighborhood and nearby areas, plus what the definitions allow – call 303-660-1393.
Town services primarily are paid for by municipal sales tax, which is 3.9 percent of the 7.9 percent paid in local sales tax. Therefore, the Town encourages residents to ensure quality services by shopping locally.
For our technicians’ safety, please ensure: 1) all pets are secured2) an adult (18 or older) is present in the home3) the meter is easily accessible
Keep in mind, even though your water meter may be located within your property, it belongs to the Town. Tampering or damage to the meter is prohibited and reasonable access to this meter is required. (Municipal Code 13.12.050)
Do not shut your water off at the street (this valve is the property of the Town and should not be tampered with.) Especially during cold weather, do not remove the lid for the meter pit as it will allow the warm air to escape and colder air in, potentially causing additional problems.
If you need an emergency shut-off at the curb stop or meter pit, call 720-733-6000 during standard business hours or Castle Rock Police at 303-663-6100 after business hours.
• Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall of the house. This small amount of water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing.• Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks near exterior walls.• Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees. • Insulate pipes in your home's crawl space and attic. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Insulation, heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables can help.• Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located (e.g. electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes).• Disconnect garden hoses.
If your water pipes are frozen, or if there is only a trickle, try some of the helpful tips listed below before calling a plumber:
• Locate where the water comes into your home - basement, crawl space or garage. Is there heat to that area? Is the vent to your water closet (where your water heater is located) open? • Open a faucet, let a trickle run. If there is no water at all, leave the faucet open, but make sure the drains are clear. • Open your cabinet doors to let heat in on your pipes. A small space heater can help. • Run a hair dryer on your pipe so heat can dispense through your plumbing system.
If you are completely out of water after trying these steps, call us at 720-733-6000.
Please let your party hostess know when you arrive on the day of your party if you have more than 10 kids. They are happy to set up for your additional guests and verify additional charges.
Additional admission information is available at CRgov.com/MAC.
Please be courteous and watch your scheduled time, as there is most likely another party scheduled after yours. We want to make sure everyone is able to enjoy their scheduled times.
We will provide colored tablecloths, plates and balloons. There will also be forks, cups, napkins, and a choice of soda or juice, all chosen at time of booking.
We hope that you have a wonderful party experience. If you feel generous and would like to tip your party hostess, they can only accept cash.
1. Fines and costs are written at the bottom of the ticket
2. Or, you have already been to court Pay ticket here
The due date for payment, a class, and/or community service is written on the sentencing summary sheet you received at court. If you do not have your sentencing summary, please call the court at 303-663-6133.
The clerks for the Municipal Court can change your hearing date one time and no more than 30 days after the original date. You must call the court at 303-663-6133 to inquire about changing your hearing date.
We do not take payments over the phone. You can come to court and pay with cash, check, or a credit/debit card. We do not take checks for restitution, outstanding judgment and warrant, and/or default judgment payments. You may mail in checks and money orders to the Municipal Court at 100 Perry St, Castle Rock, CO 80104. You can also pay online at citepayusa.com.
Please contact the court by email or at 303-663-6133 for any inquiry's concerning extensions.
When a sign is approved, the following guidelines apply: • The (Deaf/Blind) Child Area sign shall be placed in accordance with the guidelines in the MUTCD •The sign placement will be reviewed every two years to insure that the criteria stated above still applies • The sign(s) will be removed when the child becomes 18 years of age • The requester of the sign shall be responsible for notifying the Town of Castle Rock traffic engineer if the child is no longer living at the address for which the signs were placed• The requester of the sign shall recognize that these signs are supplemental signs for warning purposes only and do not carry full protection for the child
Crosswalk markings are not needed at intersections where legal crosswalks exist in order for them to be enforced. This is an important distinction to be kept in mind and is the guiding principal for the establishment of these guidelines. Markings should be limited to locations where legal crosswalks don’t already exist in order to create one and at intersections with legal crosswalks only when additional supplemental treatments are added to increase safety.
Standard locations that are marked are uncontrolled approaches, stop sign-controlled approaches, traffic signals on all approaches, school zone crosswalks and safe routes to school. All other locations are engineer-reviewed following the Crosswalk Marking Guidelines.
Park picnic pavilions rental fees:
1-50 people - $50 per block51-100 people - $100 per block
Park picnic pavilions are available for rental at:Bison Park Butterfield Crossing Park Centennial Park Founders Park Rock Park Matney Park Mosman Pavilion at Metzler Ranch Community Park Festival Park Rhyolite Regional Park Wrangler Park Pavilion and Field Reservations
Licenses are required for dogs, not cats. Any person owning, keeping or having custody of any dog older than 6 months must obtain a license. To obtain a license, call Castle Rock Animal Care and Control, 303-663-6100, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. More information, including the license application, may be found on the Police webpage, CRgov.com/Police.
Exceptions: • Have a signed note from parents or legal guardian • Be in transit from legal employment
• Crimes reported through the system should be non-emergencies, occur within Town limits, and have no known suspects. Incidents occurring along Interstate 25 or on a state highway are not eligible, as those are pursued by Colorado State Patrol. In addition, crimes occurring in the unincorporated Douglas County areas are also not eligible, as those are handled by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.• All reports filed using the system are reviewed by a police officer and receive the same investigation and statistical analysis as if the report had been filed by an officer. If further review is needed, an officer will contact the person who filed the report. ePoliceReporting
Call the Castle Rock Police Department's property and evidence technician, 303-660-7558. Or, check a list of lost and found property on the Police webpage, CRgov.com/Police.
For specific questions about the program or application process, please contact Debora Lewis at 303-663-6110. You may also follow the link below for more information about this program. Victim Advocate information
At this time, the Town of Castle Rock does not require a permit for home security systems.
If your dog is licensed Castle Rock Animal Control would have your address and contact information. Many un-licensed pets are dropped off at the Castle Rock Buddy Center, which would be a good place to start.
Document the barking on your audio/visual device and call Castle Rock Animal Control (the dog must be barking for 10 minutes or more).
Yes, there are no longer breed specific restrictions. Restriction are now based on the dog’s behavior.
No, they are only permitted off leach in designated off leash parks.
No, physical leashes are required up to 10 feet long.
Most local Animal Clinics have applications on site or you can find it on the Town of Castle Rock Website.
No, cats no longer need to be licensed.
Yes, up to 8 (no Roosters) and check with your Home Owners Association as community by-laws may prohibit.
Priority 1Streets classified as arterials, major collectors, commercial/industrial and commercial business areas. These typically are high-volume streets that connect major sections of Town and provide access for emergency fire, police and medical services.
Priority 2Streets classified as minor collectors and school bus routes or roads providing access to schools.
Priority 3Low-volume and residential streets.
Priority 4Cul-de-sacs and alleyways.
Stop signs are installed at intersections when an engineering evaluation indicates the installation is appropriate. They are installed where a minor street enters a major street, on a street entering a highway or where a combination of restricted view and accident history indicates a need.
Federal and state regulations require the installation of all traffic control devices, including stop signs, to follow the guidelines in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The manual dictates the size, shape and color of all traffic control signs. This manual has guidelines for installing signs in order to create uniformity from state to state, which makes it easier to drive in places you have never visited before.
Similarly, many people believe installing stop signs on all approaches to an intersection will result in reduced speeding or fewer accidents.
There is no real evidence to indicate that stop signs decrease the overall speed of traffic. In fact, impatient drivers view the additional delay caused by unwarranted stop signs as lost time to be made up by driving at higher speeds between stop signs. Again, if problems with speeding exist, stricter enforcement should be sought from appropriate law enforcement authorities.
When signals are irregularly spaced, providing progression can be a very difficult task. On some streets, full two-way progression is only possible for very short stretches. Good coordination plans must be updated whenever traffic volumes increase or new signals are added.
Despite the difficulties, good signal coordination benefits include reduced auto air pollutant emissions, reduced delay for drivers, improved roadway efficiency and decreased fuel consumption.
Fixed-time signals are set for average conditions and change at predetermined time intervals.
Traffic-actuated signals use motion-detectors, which look like cameras, to detect the presence of vehicles at an intersection and adjust the timing for optimal traffic flow. Learn more about signals
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• Early every Friday morning for the downtown and retail / business areas. • Residential areas are swept about once every 90 days. • Main routes are swept when necessary, like after snow events. • Specialty sweeping occurs near construction areas, transportation spills or traffic accident clean-ups, as required.
Like stop signs, speed bumps are perceived as an easy solution to speeding. But speed bumps also have limitations. Contacting law enforcement should be your first step if you have concerns about consistent speeding on a particular street.
Speed bumps, when properly located, can be a useful traffic-control device. However, their installation must be carefully evaluated.
At signalized intersections where there is a pedestrian signal, cross when the "walk" or walking pedestrian symbol lights up. A flashing "don't walk" or upraised hand symbol means that if you haven’t yet entered the intersection, it’s too late to cross the street before the traffic signal changes. A steady "don't walk" or a steady upraised hand signal means it’s too late to begin crossing. Don’t enter the street, but quickly finish crossing if you already have started.
Standard locations that are marked are uncontrolled approaches, stop sign controlled approaches, traffic signals on all approaches, school zone crosswalks and safe routes to school. All other locations are engineer reviewed following the Crosswalk Marking Guidelines.
Raised medians are located in the middle of the road. Typically, cars slow down when lanes are narrowed and they have to drive around the medians. The pedestrian center medians also improve safety for people crossing the street by providing a refuge area.
The Town’s budget for the program is $25,000 per year. This plan has been implemented over 3 years. The final Phase 3 is schedule to begin construction Sept. 5, 2018.
It’s simple. We want to share the many benefits of shopping locally, including places to do so, such as your business. We’ll feature reasons to shop here in Town along with local businesses on our social media, in print, with video and on our website.Facebook: Facebook.com/CRgovTwitter: @CRgovInstagram: @CRGOV
As a Town focused on character, your unique business is vital. You’re part of Castle Rock’s fabric and small-Town feel. At the same time, the Town relies heavily on sales tax to fund police, fire, snow removal, roadwork, parks maintenance and other services our community needs.You see, residents pay, on average, just $35 per year in property tax. That funds about 17 days of fire and police services. Funding for the rest of Town services for the rest of the year is from sales tax.
Simply let us take photos and use them on various platforms. Then, share our social media posts using #ShopLocalCR! You might even consider promoting a deal of your own. Consumers who know their dollar goes a bit further in Castle Rock are more likely to shop, dine or be entertained here.
Nope! Local business owner and photographer Nick Lucey will be out photographing local businesses for the campaign. All we ask is that you’re open to photos being used.
Only service animals are allowed into the ticketed concerts.
Large Coolers/Hard-Sided Coolers (soft-sided coolers only)
Alcohol (we have beer and liquor, as well as, non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase inside)Glass of any kind
Pets, except service animals
Noisemakers or air horns
Securitywill perform a bag check before you may enter into the amphitheater.
Recognize potential illegal discharges! Only stormwater is allowed down the drain. When considering what may go down the "gutter," remember it is anything you would be comfortable drinking or swimming in. Report accidental and illegal dumping into the storm drainage system to the Stormwater Hotline, 720-733-2235. Call 911 immediately if you suspect hazardous or life-threatening substances. For a list of allowable discharges, refer to the Town Municipal Code Chapter 4.03.080.
A drainage swale is an engineered drainage feature, which the builder creates for the purpose of protecting the structure. View an illustration of a swale and Section 8 of our GESC and DESC Manual, below, for additional information.
The short answer is that rear wheels of trailers and larger trucks will bump up slightly on the center circle. It was built to accommodate that.
The Town’s Public Works Department worked closely with the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department on the roundabout’s design, which had to work for both a tight space and large trucks. Because rear wheels of trailers and larger trucks will need to bump up onto the center slightly, the center circle was designed as a slight dome. With that design, the center circle can be traversed by larger vehicles, but also be seen by the traveling public.
If you still can’t quite picture it, we understand. We’ll be posting a video when the roundabout it completed. Watch the Town’s official Facebook page at Facebook.com/CRgov.
When driving the roundabout, please remember to yield to traffic already in the circle. As always, please yield to public safety vehicles.
As Castle Rock thrives, amenities are being improved. The Town is currently working in partnership with the Downtown Alliance to reimagine Festival Park.
As part of the park improvements, Second Street between Wilcox and Perry Streets will permanently close and become part of the park. Related traffic studies indicate this street closure will increase the volume of cars using Third and Perry Streets. The new roundabout will help keep traffic moving smoothly.
A mini version is being used to maintain visibility for drivers. As a bonus, the mini roundabout will mean more parking spaces Downtown.
Access to local businesses is a priority for the Town of Castle Rock. During construction, the Town plans to maintain access for both cars and pedestrians through the intersection. It’s always possible that – for safety’s sake – a temporary or partial closure will be necessary. The Town will keep residents and business owners updated at CRgov.com/PerryRoundabout.
The Town will work closely with all who plan to host special events Downtown this summer to ensure safety and access for all participants. Specifically, during the annual Douglas County Fair Parade and other related events, such as Western Heritage Welcome and Boots and Brews, the Town will secure the construction site and pause construction activities. Pedestrians in the area are still asked to use caution around construction areas.
Find updates on this web page, or get them straight to your email by signing up for updates at CRgov.com/notifyme.
Ballots were mailed the week of October 15, 2018. If you have not received your ballot by October 22nd, verify your voter registration information at GoVoteColorado.com or visit Douglas County Elections at 125 Stephanie Place in Castle Rock.
If you update your voter registration online, allow up to nine business days for your ballot to arrive. If your registration information was correct but you did not receive a ballot, please visit Douglas County Elections to obtain a replacement ballot. A photo ID will be required to issue a replacement ballot.
Ballots are not forwarded, if you have moved and did not update your voter registration mailing address, go to Go Vote Colorado. You may also request a replacement ballot in person with valid identification at the Douglas County Elections Office.
Ballot drop-off locations are available 24-hours a day until Election Day, November 6, 2018. Ballots must be placed in the ballot box by the close of polls at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
You can register to vote online at Go Vote Colorado. To register in person, go to the Douglas County Elections Office at 125 Stephanie Place in Castle Rock.
Contact the Douglas County Elections Office at 303-660-7444 or visit them at 125 Stephanie Place in Castle Rock, any weekday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday hours will also be available on October 27 and November 3rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for voter assistance.
Regular and special elections are conducted by mail ballot only in Colorado. Ballots are mailed to registered voters to your home address. You may vote at your convenience and leisure, just remember to return your ballot either by mail, or deliver your ballot to a convenient ballot drop-off location.
At least eight days before an election you may still register to vote online at Go Vote Colorado to receive a ballot in the mail. To register after this time through Election Day, contact the Douglas County Elections Office at 125 Stephanie Place in Castle Rock.
If you return you ballot by mail, please affix adequate postage and allow two to nine business days for it to be delivered. Ballots must be physically received by the Douglas County Election office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th to be counted. A postmark date of November 6th will not be valid as the received date and the ballot will NOT be counted.
You may also drop your ballot off at an election drop box, however, ballots must be in a ballot box or a voter must be in line to place a ballot in a ballot box no later than the close of polls at 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 6th.
If you make a mistake on your ballot, or for some other reason are not able to use the ballot mailed to you, a replacement ballot can be issued. You must present valid identification at the Douglas County Elections Office to receive a replacement ballot. The original ballot issued will be voided at that time.
The purpose of your signature on the outside of the envelope enables election officials to complete a signature verification process to affirm that the ballot was submitted by the elector to whom it was issued. If you prefer not to mail your signed ballot, the ballot can be dropped off at a designated ballot drop box instead.
Unofficial Election results will be available on the Douglas County Elections website as well as the Town's website.
Backflow is caused by backpressure (pressure on the house side of the meter is greater than the supply side) or by backsiphonage (negative pressure causing substances to be sucked into the supply lines). Backsiphonage (the effect is like a soda straw) can occur when a leak, line break or heavy usage causes the pressure in water lines to drop below the pressure in other areas of a home. Both cause a reversal of normal water flow, possibly drawing contaminated water into the public water supply system.
Sources include: cooking oil, butter, margarine, lard, shortening, gravy, sauces, sour cream, mayonnaise and oil from cooked meats. Here are some tips to keep your drains fat-free:• Use paper towels to wipe greasy dishes before washing.• Use sink strainers to catch food waste during washing.• Put food scraps in the compost or in the trash.• Use a container, and store this waste in the freezer. Then, put it in the trash after it has hardened.• Never pour grease down the drain or into a toilet.• Paper items, feminine products, baby wipes and disinfecting wipes should not be disposed of down the toilet.
Reuse water involves producing safe drinking water from wastewater. After water is used in our homes and businesses, it goes down the drain and is sent to the wastewater treatment plant. There, contaminants are removed and the water is released, in our case, into East Plum Creek. This water will then be picked back up from the creek, and sent to Plum Creek Water Purification Facility where it will undergo traditional and Advanced Treatment processes. This purified drinking water will be distributed to homes and businesses throughout Castle Rock.
Reusing water is one of the most cost-effective, environmentally sound and sustainable methods of water supply that there is. Castle Rock is diversifying its sources to ensure a strong water future. We currently get water from underground aquifers and our local East Plum Creek. Reuse water will allow these sources to recharge. We also import water, and while it is a great supply, this is expensive. The cost for reuse water is considerably less than many other sources. Reuse water will make up about 1/3 of all water supply for the Town beginning in 2020.
All drinking water that is distributed to homes must meet strict local, state and federal regulations for drinking water standards, regardless of where the water originates. With reuse water becoming more common, additional scientifically-proven treatment processes, like Advanced Treatment, are put in place. Advanced Treatment addresses contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products that can get into local creeks and rivers. Advanced Treatment will make water more pure than current standards. Reuse water and all drinking water is tested daily to ensure it is safe to drink. Customers can take a tour of the treatment facility and also view water quality test results.
Advanced Treatment is a multi-barrier process designed to eliminate contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products. This treatment is in addition to the traditional treatment processes which, by local, state and federal law, must already meet safe drinking water standards. Having several treatment processes addresses different contaminants and provide redundancies. Colorado and many other states are currently establishing new regulations regarding reuse water and additional processes are part of those new standards. Advanced Treatment processes are being added to the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility in 2018-2020.
It isn’t—water reuse already happens. Usually water that has been treated from the wastewater treatment plant is released into the nearby stream. Communities downstream then pick that water up and transport it to a drinking water treatment plant, where it is treated, tested and then distributed for use within the home or business. To address water rights and concerns for biological and pharmaceutical contaminants, regulations and processes specifically for reuse water are being developed.
Yes--molecularly speaking, anyway. The same water that exists today also did when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. All water on earth is recycled in some way. Treatment processes just speed up and focus those natural purification processes.
Water reuse purification facilities are popping up all over the world and some communities have used reuse water for more than four decades. Potable reuse in the U.S. Locally, Aurora began using reuse water in 2010 with the installation of the Prairie Water project which supplies 50 million gallons of potable reuse water per day to Aurora and surrounding communities. (Some of our WISE water is from Prairie Waters.) It is estimated that by 2065 almost 30 percent of water consumed in all South Metro communities will be from reuse.
Hard water is created when water moves through soil and rock dissolving small amounts of naturally occurring minerals. These minerals primarily include calcium and magnesium which are nutrients frequently found in food. Hard water is not a health concern and thus water providers typically do not treat for it. Front Range communities, like Castle Rock, have Moderately Hard to Hard water.
This white residue is most likely a result of the hardness of the water. The Moderately Hard to Hard water found in Castle Rock contains naturally occurring calcium and magnesium ions. These minerals are not removed from the water and are actually essential minerals our bodies need. The white spots on glassware or other fixtures are caused by the calcium. Adding a rinse aid to the dishwasher may help eliminate the white film and appliance discoloration.
Having an in-home water filter in Castle Rock is not necessary. We conduct daily, quarterly and annual testing throughout the year to analyze the quality of water throughout the water treatment and distribution process. Castle Rock Water continues to meet or exceed water quality requirements making your tap water safe to drink. Using an in-home water filter is a personal choice.
Bottled water is considered a food product and is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Bottled water is not as heavily regulated or tested as tap water. Water utilities are required to publicly provide water quality reports while bottled water companies are not. Some bottled water companies actually use tap water as their source.