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The Town of Castle Rock has several documents mapping out its plans for the future. There are transportation plans, water resource plans, and now, a newly updated comprehensive master plan.
The comprehensive master plan is the guiding document outlining the town's vision for the future as it grows and develops.
The latest version, which looks to 2030, will strongly resemble the original 2020 plan first adopted in 2000 then amended in 2002, town officials said during the Nov. 14 town council meeting. The four main priorities in both versions are maintaining a distinct town identity and ensuring responsible growth, quality town services and a thriving economy.
What's new, town staff said, are updates to the plan's technical language, the removal of some outdated policies and plans to enhance community character.
“We added some additional framework for creating future corridor and character area plans so that we can better reflect community character,” said town planner Julie Kirkpatrick, noting Castle Rock's neighborhoods feel like individual villages within the town. “The Meadows may have a little different feel to downtown versus Founders, and so on and so forth.”
One priority for the town as a whole is to remain a stand-alone community, and not become a suburb of the larger metropolitan area, according to the comprehensive master plan document available in draft form online.
Other goals identified in the document include planning for a population of 90,000 by 2030 and retaining the current business base while providing diverse housing for the town's employment needs.
The comprehensive master plan is more focused on land use than the town's other master plans, Kirkpatrick said. In addition to the comprehensive plan's four cornerstones, it includes maps of the town evaluating current and future land uses.
Director of Development Services Bill Detweiler said another key goal in the update was to make the document visually appealing and more accessible to the public.
“The intent is to have it in the community. The intent is to have it everywhere, so that when you walk into any store, when you walk into the library, when you walk into any town facility,” Detweiler said, “you'll be able to pick this up and have a general idea of what the vision of the Town of Castle Rock is.”
That push for greater accessibility for the public received praise from Mayor Jennifer Green ahead of the council's 5-0 vote approving the plan.
“I do like what you mentioned, this was not intended to sit at town hall. It's intended to be out in the public,” Green told Detweiler. “So that residents can sit down and actually review this.”
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