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Castle Rock’s “Rock” monument is an icon for the entire community. The Town’s namesake is home to the Star during the holiday season and one of the largest landmarks in the area. It’s also a wonderful place for trail-goers to explore a great view. That’s why the Town is creating a new zone district to update the zoning classification of Rock Park and officially classify the park as a natural area.
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.
Currently, Rock Park is zoned as a Single-Family Residence District (R-1). The primary use with the R-1 District is detached single-family homes. Clearly, this zoning designation is not appropriate for the community’s goals.
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.
Don’t miss the informational public meeting to find out more about the proposed zoning change. 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.
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.
Find out more about the history of Rock Park and the proposed zoning changes at CRgov.com/RockPark.
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