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Castle Rock Town Council has given initial approval to a new ordinance that would require developers to provide parking with their downtown projects. Currently, town code does not require any parking with downtown development.
The downtown overlay district is bordered on the west by Interstate 25 and the railroad to the east, and spans from the Plum Creek corridor on the south to the Wolfensberger interchange on the north.
The proposal is to require one parking spot per residential unit built within that area.
“Development teams can always go above that minimum standard,” said development services director Bill Detweiler.
Different requirements would be put in place for commercial developments. North of South Street, which staff determined has a more urban feel, developers would be required to provide one space for every 500 square feet of development, although the first 2,000 square feet would be exempt. Also exempt are remodeling projects.
The southern half of the overlay district has a more suburban feel, Detweiler said. There, developers would be required to provide one spot for every 200 square feet of commercial space.
The director of development services could make exceptions for development projects in two circumstances. The first would be if a site design was too restrictive to meet the new town code, and the second would be if a developer paid the town $10,000, which would be put toward downtown parking improvements.
Councilmember George Teal voted in favor of the ordinance on first reading May 1 but not before saying he had reservations about the proposal, particularly whether one space per unit would be sufficient.
Detweiler said some developers, including those behind the mixed-use Riverwalk project, have provided parking despite not being required to and future developers would likely do so as well in order to attract residents.
Councilmember Jason Bower said for now, the ordinance is “more than enough.”
“It's certainly a big step,” he said, “from zero.”
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