April 17 Council Update: first reading for animal code updates, plan for new Meadows neighborhood park approved, first reading of the Drought Management Plan

April 17 Council Update: first reading for animal code updates, plan for new Meadows neighborhood park approved, first reading of the Drought Management Plan

Your Town Council representatives meet twice a month, and during those meetings Councilmembers make decisions that impact residents and business owners. Stay up-to-date on those decisions with this meeting summary.

First reading regarding changes to the Town’s Animal code approved

Following two open houses and substantial public feedback, Town Council heard a formal presentation on proposed changes to Town Code related to animals Tuesday night. Town Council approved the first reading of the ordinance. This was the first of two formal considerations by Town Council and related public hearings.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, Town Council also directed staff to conduct additional research and evaluate options for provisions in the ordinance regarding goats and pot-bellied pigs. Second reading of the ordinance will be presented at a publicly noticed Town Council meeting.

Proposed changes include a staff recommendation to replace the current breed-specific ban with a two-tiered, behavior-based system.

As a home rule municipality, the Town of Castle Rock has its own set of laws and codes. It’s prudent for a local government to evaluate its laws from time to time to ensure they are up to par with current legal best practices and local culture. That’s why Town staff started a review of the Town Code related to animals in 2017. Council directed staff to move forward at its March 6 meeting.

Watch the presentation and Council discussion: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=686&meta_id=61362

Master Plan for new Meadows neighborhood park moves forward

The Town knows a park means so much more to a neighborhood than just providing playground equipment. It’s where communities gather and a street becomes a home. With that in mind, work has begun on a new neighborhood park in The Meadows.

The new park will be located along Low Meadow Boulevard near Aspen View Academy. The location was chosen after an extensive site comparison analysis. Then, an online survey was conducted, along with two public open houses, to incorporate community feedback into the design. An initial Master Plan was presented and approved by Town Council Tuesday night.

The Master Plan includes courts for pickle ball – and other games such as bocce and corn hole – garden and wildflower areas, exercise stations, play equipment, picnic shelters and more.

The $2 million park will be funded through impact fees. Learn more about the proposed park design at CRgov.com/futureparks. While a construction contract would still need to be approved by Town Council, construction is expected to begin this summer.

Watch the presentation and Council discussion: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=686&meta_id=61297

Drought Management Plan

A key component of the Town’s long-term water plan is working toward more renewable water sources. While renewable water is a much more reliable source long-term, it is dependent on weather and other environmental factors. The goal is to move toward a 75 percent renewable water supply by 2050. But, as we make that transition, precautions must be taken. Tuesday, Castle Rock Water presented for Town Council approval its Drought Management Plan. Town Council approved the plan by resolution. Additionally, Town Council approved the related changes to Town Code necessary to incorporate the plan into Code on first reading.

The new plan outlines strategies that provide short-term responses to temporary drought-related water supply shortages. The plan prioritizes the Town’s water usage into four categories:

  • Health and safety
  • Business indoor use
  • Outdoor irrigation (public spaces)
  • Outdoor irrigation (residential and commercial)

The plan provides an organized and conservative approach to declaring drought stages and communicating the public action needed to protect the Town’s water supplies. A second reading of the ordinance will be presented for Town Council’s final approval at its May 1 meeting.

Read the entire Drought Management Plan at CRgov.com/WaterPlans.

Watch the presentation: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=686&meta_id=61314

Coming up

The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1.

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