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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.
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.
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.
The Town does not provide trash removal or recycling services. Neighborhoods with homeowners associations may provide trash removal through the HOA. Those in areas without an HOA must obtain individual service. There is a community recycling center that operates 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 701 Prairie Hawk Drive. It is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but you can visit their website for updates: https://sites.google.com/site/communityrecyclingcenter/.
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.
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.
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No, but our rates are a result of the local challenges related to water supply in our semi-arid region. Like most South Metro communities, Castle Rock is transitioning from a deep groundwater, nonrenewable supply to a renewable supply which comes from snow and rain. This will ensure a sustainable water source for the future. Castle Rock Water rates are mid-range compared to Front Range providers. 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 while, in Castle Rock, it is all on one bill. Castle Rock Water rates and fees are analyzed and adjusted annually, and this plan is reviewed by a resident-driven, open-meeting Water Commission.
Priority criteria for snow routes Priority 1 Streets 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 2 Streets classified as minor collectors and school bus routes or roads providing access to schools. Priority 3 Low-volume and residential streets. Priority 4 Cul-de-sacs and alleyways. Priority 3 and 4 streets are not plowed unless roadway snow accumulations reach 4” between November 15th and March 15th other. Prior to November 15th and after March 15th the threshold for plowing priority 3 and 4 roads is 8”.
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The Town is prioritizing and investing resources in achieving public safety goals only at this time. Removing plowed and piled snow is not a priority.
When we plow streets, some snow will end up on your driveway and, possibly, your sidewalks. We know this can be frustrating, but it sometimes is an unfortunate and unavoidable result of snowplowing. To avoid this, shovel the snow from your driveway and sidewalks into your yard, because any snow you place in the street may wind up being plowed back onto your driveway or sidewalk.
The service-level standard for storm drains is to investigate ponding water, determine if it’s a safety hazard and, if so, address the hazard.
The Town is prioritizing and investing resources in achieving public safety goals only at this time. Removing plowed and stacked snow is not a priority.
The Castle Rock Service Center, 303-660-1020 or you can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The service-level standard for residential streets is one through lane that is passable in a two-wheel-drive sedan. Based on service-level priorities that address public safety only, the Town will not do any additional snow plowing on residential streets beyond clearing one passable lane.
The streets are swept with Street Sweepers. The schedule is: Twice monthly when temps are favorable in the business areas • Specialty sweeping occurs as needed. Roads that are sanded during icing/snow events are swept after each event. Due to the inability of the sweepers to get to every sanded roadway after each event, sweepers will pick up where they left off after the next sanding event.
Town Code requires all businesses and residential property owners and/or tenants to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 48 hours of each snow event, with 2 inches or more of accumulation. If you live on a corner, snow removal is required on both sidewalks - in the front and on the side of your property. Residents should also keep curbs and gutters free of ice, to allow drainage and prevent buildup.
For safety and efficiency, plow drivers cannot change plow directions based on the street. Especially when snow is actively falling, it is not possible for them to choose a specific side of a narrow, residential street. Town priority is to plow residential roads from the center outward, providing one passable lane, placing snow along the side. This prevents favoring one side over another and is time efficient.
Snow is never intentionally dumped onto cleared driveways and sidewalks; however, it will happen as plows move quickly. To help with the issue, pile snow onto the grass rather than the street, and continue to clear driveways as plows visit your neighborhood. Snow that is piled on the street will likely be pushed back into your driveway by a plow.
Senior citizens and persons with disabilities who are unable to clear snow from their sidewalks may receive assistance from the following organizations:
Downtown has its own plow route. Plow drivers will clear a lane in each direction, with snow pushed to the middle. If a significant storm occurs, trucks and a snow blower will haul away snow. More often, plow drivers will slush out the snow, moving it back and forth across the road to help it melt. It is recommended that businesses choose one parking stall on each block to pile snow into, so the rest remain available for use.
The Town has 13 plow trucks, 10 4x4 trucks with front plows, three front-end loaders, a snow blower and a motor grader. All of these vehicles work together depending on the significance of the storm.