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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.
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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 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.
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.