Possible amendments to the Town’s landscape and irrigation manual and potential reductions in the 2020 Pavement Maintenance Program on Town Council’s May 5 meeting agenda
Improving outdoor water efficiency is the goal of possible amendments to the 2020 Landscape and Irrigation Performance Standards and Criteria Manual. Those amendments, along with potentially eliminating slurry seal from the Town’s 2020 Pavement Maintenance Program, and a discussion on whether to accept entitlement status in the Community Development Block Grant program, are all topics on Town Council’s May 5 meeting agenda. Please note, this meeting will begin at 5 p.m. View the full agenda online.
Here is a more in-depth look at Tuesday’s meeting agenda:
- Ordinance to amend the 2020 Landscape and Irrigation Performance Standards and Criteria Manual – Town Council will be asked to approve an ordinance to amend the 2020 Landscape and Irrigation Performance Standards and Criteria Manual. If approved, the ordinance would amend Town Code to include additional landscape conservation measures in the manual.
Roughly 50% of the water used in Castle Rock is used outdoors, for landscape irrigation. Creating more water-efficient landscapes, called ColoradoScapes, could significantly reduce water use for future development and would help Castle Rock Water achieve its water-efficiency goal of another 18% reduction in per-capita use.
If approved, the amendments would include updating registration requirements to include landscape companies; providing more accountability for registered landscape companies to follow Castle Rock’s local requirements; restricting irrigation in street medians, islands and roundabouts; and removing Class II compost as an acceptable soil amendment option.
- Discussion/direction regarding Community Development Block Grant funding – The Community Development Block Grant program is focused on providing benefit to low- and moderate-income people. The Town was recently notified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of its eligibility to participate in the 2021 program.
In the past, both Douglas County and the Town declined to participate due to provisions for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. However, earlier this year, rules were changed that address, among other things, local government concerns of federal outreach. The current rules also allow localities to distribute funding in a manner most befitting the community.
Town Council will discuss whether to accept 2021 entitlement status and proceed independently; accept the entitlement status and partner with Douglas County; or defer entitlement status.
- Discussion/direction regarding the impacts of deferring the 2020 Surry Seal Program – Town Council will discuss the benefits and impacts of, and provide direction on, potentially eliminating a large portion of the slurry seal service contract. The contract with Vance Brothers Inc. is one of six service contracts that make up the Town’s 2020 Pavement Maintenance Program.
With the COVID-19 pandemic expected to impact sales tax revenue, Town staff has been reviewing ways to reduce expenses in the approved 2020 Budget. The slurry seal contract may be a potential candidate to help reduce expenses in the Town’s Transportation Fund. While pavement maintenance is a critical service provided to the community, eliminating slurry seal coating and pavement markings in 2020 could save approximately $1.3 million.
Also on the agenda, Town Council will be asked to approve the second reading of ordinances related to the annexation, Planned Development Plan and zoning regulations for Alexander Place. If approved, the ordinances would allow for a senior continuum of care development on 8.37 acres known as Alexander Place. The development would be located east of the Shoppes at Castle Rock and the Montana Vista Office building (near the Home Depot shopping center).
Town Manager David Corliss will also be providing information and seeking Council direction on the Town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.