Posted on: December 7, 2017

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Town Council update 12-5

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Here’s a look at this week’s meeting.

Citizen Advisory Committee formed
Voters on Nov. 7 approved a citizen-initiated measure to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the Town’s Mayor is elected. Now, the Mayor will be elected at-large and there will be six Councilmembers elected within six districts.

While the election changed language in the Town Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the original citizen-initiated petition that provided for the election did not identify critical elements such as qualifications for Mayor and a timeline for the transition. These items must be reflected in the Town Charter, which will require another election. Council anticipates a special election in spring 2018.

To gather public input for those necessary Charter amendments, Town Council formed a new Citizen Advisory Committee. The Committee’s purpose will be to advise Council on additional necessary changes to the Town Charter and a transition plan for Castle Rock’s new representative structure.

Next steps: Applications are available at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee and are due by noon on Friday, Dec. 22. Then, Council will choose seven members. Sign up for email updates from the committee at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee. Watch the Council discussion: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=564&meta_id=54559

Castle Rock Collaborative Campus approved
Council voted 6-0 in favor of an agreement that will help bring a new college campus to Castle Rock. The Castle Rock Collaborative Campus is a partnership among Arapahoe Community College, Douglas County Schools, Castle Rock Economic Development, the Town and Colorado State University. Arapahoe Community College will build a $40 million campus on 14 acres near The Meadows. Town Council Tuesday night approved an agreement in which the Town will reimburse up to $3 million in building fees, permits and site improvements.

Next steps: The estimated opening of phase one is fall 2019. View the Council discussion: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=564&meta_id=54552

Accessory Dwelling Units
Town Council is discussing possibility of allowing accessory dwelling units. Accessory dwelling units by definition are second small dwellings on the same grounds as a single-family home – apartments over garages or in basements, tiny houses in the backyard, etc. Town Council approved the ordinance (6-0) on first reading.

Next steps: Amendments to the ordinance were discussed Tuesday night – maximum square footage of an accessory dwelling unit and time limits on residency. The amended ordinance will be presented for a second reading at a future Town Council meeting. Watch the Council discussion at: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=564&meta_id=54576

Downtown Development Authority update
The Downtown Development Authority was established in 2008 as a way for Downtown business owners to tax themselves and use that money to invest in Downtown improvements. One recent example is the reimagined Festival Park, which opened during Starlighting and was partially funded by the DDA. On Tuesday, Council approved (6-0) both minor updates to the DDA’s development plan and to extend a line of credit that will help the DDA implement the plan.

Next steps: View the DDA development plan online at downtowncastlerock.com/development_authority. Watch the Council discussions: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=564

Renewable Water update
Council voted 6-0 to award an agreement to Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. for improvement designs at the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility. This advanced treatment project is necessary for renewable surface water collected from Plum Creek to help maintain Castle Rock Water’s rigorous water treatment standards.

Next steps: Castle Rock Water will move forward with design of the project. Burns & McDonnell will also be assisting the Town in contractor selection to help ensure the project is completed on time and within the Town’s estimated budget. Watch Castle Rock Water’s presentation at: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=564&meta_id=54592

Get a full agenda at CRgov.com/Agendas, or watch any Council meeting online at CRgov.com/WatchCouncil. Questions? Email all Councilmembers at TownCouncil@CRgov.com, or find your Council representative at CRgov.com/Council.