Castle Rock council continues investing in water infrastructure

Members remain divided over Design Review Board projects

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/11/22

The Castle Rock Town Council continues to focus on the community’s current and future water needs, approving an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $30 million in bonds for Castle Rock Water …

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Castle Rock council continues investing in water infrastructure

Members remain divided over Design Review Board projects

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The Castle Rock Town Council continues to focus on the community’s current and future water needs, approving an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $30 million in bonds for Castle Rock Water during the Jan. 4 regular meeting.

The funding will be used for projects including a pipeline through Parker Water and Sanitation District to transport additional WISE water to the community; a new 822-acre-foot reservoir in Sedalia; and a new pipeline and pump station to move water from the Plum Creek Basin to Rueter-Hess Reservoir for storage.

Additionally, Water Director Mark Marlowe explained that plans are in the works to expand the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility from 6 million gallons of water per day to 12 million.

This financing mechanism will not only allow these projects to be completed sooner than originally planned but will also help smooth future planned rate increases, Marlowe said.

During the 2022 budget process and the 2021 Rates and Fees Study, Castle Rock Water updated the long-term renewable water plan to respond to current market conditions and projected growth in the community. The revised plan anticipates long-term investments of $523 million. This is a significant increase over the 2020 study, which anticipated $477 million in long-term investments, city officials said.

In other business, the council had several 4-3 votes involving development projects. In the first divided vote, the council approved an ordinance to vacate a portion of Jerry Street at its intersection with Sixth Street.

Director of Development Services Tara Vargish explained it was necessary to clean up some confusion with the current property owner, who thought the area was already vacated by the town.

Councilmember Tim Dietz said if the issue had originally gone through the town council instead of the town’s volunteer Design Review Board (DRB), these issues would not come up. Because of his continued concerns with the business conducted by the DRB, Dietz said he will vote against any business pertaining to them.

Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bracken questioned how the project came up, and Town Manager David Corliss said the plat and project for the property in question did go before the DRB.

Vargish said vacating the right-of-way area on Jerry Street is required for projects on the property.

Voting in favor of the ordinance to vacate the property, sized at 15 by 150 feet, were Bracken, Mayor Jason Gray and Councilmembers Ryan Hollingshead and Desiree LaFluer. Voting against the measure were Dietz and Councilmembers Laura Cavey and Caryn Johnson.

Following the same voting pattern, the council approved an amendment to the View of Castle Rock redevelopment and financing agreement.

The View is a planned redevelopment project in downtown Castle Rock. The 201,000-square-foot, mixed-use development, which includes a 399-space parking structure, will sit on the northeast corner of Sixth and Jerry streets. 

Town Attorney Michael Hyman explained that due to supply-chain issues, structure redesigns and increased construction costs in a volatile market, the developer — Castle Rock Development LLC — is requesting an extension.

Hyman said the town attorney has the authority to approve a six-month extension but anything beyond that has to be approved by council. Hyman said Corliss approved the six-month extension last year. Now, the developer requested the council approve an additional four-month extension.

Hyman said the agreement between the town and developers of The View have building permits approved in June with the official certificate of occupancy slated for Aug. 1, 2023.

With the nine-month extension, Hyman said the new occupancy deadline is slated for May of 2024.

In ending the meeting, the council voted 4-3 to continue discussions over who should be allowed to serve on the town’s volunteer boards. With some confusion over voting to only allow residents living in town limits to serve on volunteer boards, the matter was forwarded to a future meeting.

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