Two ordinances to implement voter-approved at-large Mayor structure with special election
Town Council will be considering two ordinances necessary to call a special election in May.
The special election is a necessary follow-up to the November 2017 election in which voters approved an at-large Mayor structure. While the election changed language in the Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the citizen-initiated petition that provided for that election did not identify elements such as qualifications for Mayor (age, residency, voter status, etc.) and a timeline for the transition to the new structure.
For recommendations on that, Town Council appointed a Citizen Advisory Committee. The Committee met in January to make recommendations to Council. Specifically, the Committee recommended the Mayor be a registered elector of Castle Rock, a Castle Rock resident for one year, and a citizen of the United States. The Committee also recommended the first election date for the at-large Mayor be Nov. 6, 2018. Finally, the Committee recommended the Town complete the redistricting from seven to six districts in 2018.
Using the Committee’s recommendations, Town Council in January directed staff to prepare the ordinances necessary to call a special election for May 15, 2018, and set ballot language for two ballot questions. Council will consider the first reading of those ordinances at Tuesday’s meeting.
Learn more about the Committee at CRgov.com/citizencommittee.
Rock Park rezoning to PL-3 district
Castle Rock’s “Rock” monument is an icon for the entire community. It’s home to the Star and one of the largest landmarks in the area. In November, Town Council created a new zoning district to update the zoning classification of the park. The new zoning will officially classify the park as a natural area and will align the park’s permitted uses with the activities and facilities that currently exist. This will allow for the continued maintenance and operation of the park’s features, the flagpole and the Star.
Now that the PL-3 zoning classification has been created, Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday to officially reclassify the park.
Philip S. Miller Park rezoning to PL-1 district
In March 2016, Town Council approved an ordinance to change the existing Public Open Space (POS-1 and POS-2) zoning district to a Public Land (PL-1 and PL02) zoning district. The intent of the ordinance was to better align the permitted uses allowed within those zone districts, with the actual types of facilities that exist on the park property – specifically for Philip S. Miller Park. Because Philip S. Miller Park was established from multiple park land parcels, the property consists of various zoning designations. Establishing the PL-1 classification helps clean up the park’s zoning.
Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday to officially rezone Philip S. Miller Park to the PL-1 classification.
Calvary Chapel Site Development Plan
The development plan for the Calvary Chapel development, at the corner of Fifth Street and Woodlands Boulevard, is currently under public review. There are a number of issues that need to be resolved, so the public hearing with Town Council will be continued to March 20.