Why aren’t developers required to desert-scape in Castle Rock?

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.

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1. What is the source of the water in Sellars Gulch? It flows year-round through Festival Park but seems to disappear just a few miles upstream.
2. Why is Castle Rock Water asking residents, HOAs, and commercial customers to conserve more water?
3. Is our water bill among the highest in the nation?
4. Why aren’t developers required to desert-scape in Castle Rock?
5. Does the Town have a surplus of water it sells to other communities?