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Prior to 2005, portions of the Town were part of the Regional Transportation District, which operates the Denver area light rail and bus systems, along with other services. Service for Castle Rock was very limited, and residents did not believe they were getting adequate service for the amount of taxes paid. In 2005, Castle Rock residents voted “all out” of RTD and the associated sales tax.
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The Town does not prohibit any trees for Castle Rock residents. There are, however, some limitations for commercial / nonresidential properties. Landscapers for those properties must stick to Castle Rock Water’s approved plant list. Additionally, some homeowners associations may have restrictions on tree types. Check with your individual HOA before starting a landscape project.
While the Town does not prohibit anything for residents, there are some recommendations. The Plant Finder at CRconserve.com is a great resource. Additionally, we discourage residents from planting anything highly flammable like juniper or spruce trees.
Updated Jan. 21, 2022
The construction was part of the Metzler Ranch Detention Pond Retrofit Project. The project restored the water quality and improve the flood control volume of the regional detention pond.
Updated Dec. 8, 2021
developers be asked to plant Ponderosas instead of deciduous?
Currently, developers must plant large-canopy deciduous trees along their streetscape and are allowed to have 50% deciduous and 50% evergreen trees throughout the rest of their project. Learn more about the requirements in the Landscape and Irrigation Criteria manual: http://crgov.com/DocumentCenter/View/30191/2021-Landscape-and-Irrigation-Criteria-Manual-. While the manual incorporates requirements from several departments, changes would be managed through Castle Rock Water, and approved by Town Council.
A residency requirement exists to be a member of most Town boards and commissions. There are a few exceptions: members of the Design Review Board, Downtown Development Authority, Historic Preservation Board and the Public Art Commission are not always required to be residents, but they must meet other criteria as outlined in each group’s bylaws. All other boards and commissions require members to be residents.
Posted on Feb. 10, 2021
The Colorado General Assembly in 2019 passed House Bill 1050. Among the legislation’s provisions are that an HOA cannot prevent xeriscaping or hardscaping but may set standards for those landscapes. Please reference the legislation for additional detail: HB 19-1050 (pdf). Additionally, you may wish to contact the State’s HOA Information and Resource Center, which serves as a resource for consumers to understand their basic rights and duties under the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act, for additional information: https://dre.colorado.gov/hoa-center.
Posted Feb. 3, 2021
The Town does not have any current developer inquiries for additional grocery stores. A new Whole Foods Market was opened in June 2020 in the Promenade, near Castle Rock Parkway. A few other food stores worth exploring around Town are King Soopers, Safeway, Sprouts, Vitamin Cottage, Sam’s Club, Walmart and Target.
Prior to July 2006, some parts of Castle Rock were in, and some parts of Castle Rock were out, of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. On July 1, 2006, all of Castle Rock exited from the district as a result of 2004 State legislation. Town Council in 2006 discussed whether to ask voters if the entire Town should enter the district by placing the issue on that November’s ballot and decided not to put the question to a vote. Castle Rock remains out of SCFD.
Our crazy Colorado weather is to blame. In most cases, the dying ash trees are the result of a combination of an early October freeze in 2019 and a very late freeze this April. Both freezes followed unusually warm days. A warmer-than-average early spring caused many plants to begin to bud or sprout, only to have their growth nipped by the freezing temperatures that occurred around April 11-13. If trees and other plants don’t seem to be blooming quite right this year, the freeze is probably to blame.
Ordinances and the Town Code are generally changed through actions of Town Council at Council meetings. A constituent may address Town Council during unscheduled public comments at a Council meeting and/or contact his/her Councilmember regarding his/her proposal.
To your specific concern, golf carts licensed with the State as low-speed electric vehicles (LSEVs) are permitted on local Town streets, generally defined as those with speed limits of 30 mph or less. View the Town Code section here: https://library.municode.com/co/castle_rock/codes/municipal_code?nodeId=TIT10VETR_CH10.04MOTRCO.
The Town is currently working with the Federal Railroad Administration, Union Pacific and Colorado Public Utilities Commission on this initiative. Union Pacific has committed to submitting Construction and Maintenance Agreements to the Town. The agreements will detail improvements Union Pacific will make at the crossings of Second and Third Street. After agreements are signed, Union Pacific estimates their construction to take eight months to complete.The Federal Railroad Administration, Union Pacific and Colorado Public Utilities Commission have certain jurisdiction over this project. Since the Town does not fully control this process, we can only estimate the project’s timeframe. Union Pacific’s construction is estimated to begin during 2022.Updated Dec. 10, 2021
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 Saturdays at 701 Prairie Hawk Drive. Visit their website for additional information: https://sites.google.com/site/communityrecyclingcenter/.
There are three ways to provide feedback for the official record of a Town Council meeting. First, you can attend the meeting and speak during the time allowed for public comment. Second, you can submit an email or call the contact listed for the agenda item for which you’d like to provide feedback. Finally, in some instances, there are online feedback forms set up on the Town’s website to collect feedback on certain items on the Council agenda. You can view Council agendas at CRgov.com/Council.
As per Town Code 9.16.030, which addresses prohibited acts, no person shall use permissible fireworks except on the 4th of July between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. If the Town is under Fire Restrictions, no fireworks are allowed at all.
The Town of Castle Rock does not regulate short term rentals such as Airbnb or VRBO. However, all businesses must obtain a Town business license and collect and remit applicable lodging and sales tax. You can find the business license application online at CRgov.com/tax.
No, you cannot install a wood burning fireplace in a new or existing structure. For more information, visit Town Municipal Code 8.28.30.
Weekend home builder signs (Richmond, KB, DRHorton, Kaufman, etc.) I have previously raised this concern to Town Council, Town Manager, Planning/Zoning and was told that the Town does not have money in the budget to enforce. I don't believe this excuse when I see the Town "blow" $1.4M on an unnecessary round about.
Town staff enforces sign violations during normal business hours. When violations are observed and reported outside of regular businesses hours, the violations and the responsible party are notified by the Zoning staff on the next working day. Town staff typically will do a sweep Friday afternoon and early Monday morning to stay on top of illegal signs.
Town Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Town Council can also schedule special meetings. Get details on meeting dates and times, and see what’s on the agenda, at CRgov.com/Council.
If you can’t attend in person, watch online or on TV. Town Council meetings are broadcast live at CRgov.com/WatchCouncil, where you can also find a recording of the meeting the next day. Town Council meetings are also broadcast on Channel 22 for Comcast Cable Subscribers several times each day.
The No Knock List allows residents to opt out of door-to-door solicitation and sales. Any issues with a solicitor not following the guidelines of the Town No Knock ordinance may be reported to the Castle Rock Police non-emergency line at 303-663-6100. If possible, contact the police while the solicitor is still in your neighborhood. Please note, civic, religious, charitable or political causes are not required to register with the Town or held accountable to the No Knock ordinance requirements. Learn more at crgov.com/NoKnock.
No, Castle Rock does not have a sister city.