How does development work in Castle Rock?

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.

View a video about the process on YouTube.

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1. Are there plans to have EV chargers installed at current and future gas stations and convenience stores?
2. What’s the latest on the Young American Planned development?
3. What’s the latest on the Pine Canyon and Pioneer Ranch proposals? Are there plans within these developments to preserve that forest and protect our wildlife neighbors?
4. Are there any known plans for the empty building that used to be Wendy's on Milestone Lane?
5. What is going on with the Memmen Young Infill planned development? We were told there would be no blasting, but we have been hearing blasting coming from the ridge at night throughout September.
6. Are there any plans for the lot that used to be an old gas station on South Wilcox Street/Frontage Road?
7. How can I find out what uses are planned for a specific piece of property in Castle Rock?
8. What can Town Council do/not do in terms of zoning?
9. How can I find out who owns a property?
10. What can be done to stop the development of Castle Rock?
11. I know the open space at Mickelson & Lantern north of Matney Park is reserved for a school. Is the plan for that to be a high school?
12. Any plans for a Trader Joes coming to Castle Rock?
13. The 2030 master plan talks about a border around Castle Rock to keep it separate from surrounding cities. What does this look like? Is this a narrow border purchased by the city or a
14. Any word of a Dunkin' Donuts coming to Castle Rock?
15. Any plans for a Costco in Castle Rock?
16. What is annexation and how does the process work?
17. How does development work in Castle Rock?
18. Does the Town have a policy for managing prairie dogs? Are developers required to submit a permit before moving forward?