July 17 Council Update: WISE water purchase approved, Town Code changes regarding group homes move forward, ordinance to repeal/reenact Town Code restrictions on tobacco products for minors takes next steps

Ballot questions to clean up sections of Town Charter related to electing a Mayor at-large will move forward following a discussion at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting. Council approved on first reading proposed ballot language to amend the Charter. A second reading is required before the Charter amendments are added to the November ballot for voter consideration.

Council also approved on first reading the ordinance forming a General Improvement District for the Festival Park Commons project. The district will help with developing, financing and operating public improvements on two parcels immediately south of Town Hall that have requested district inclusion. Festival Park Commons is proposed to include residential units, retail and office space, and a parking garage with an estimated 300 Town-owned public parking spaces.

Additionally, Council approved several agenda items related to Castle Rock Fire and Rescue, including updates to its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan and its Community Risk Assessment and Standards of Cover.

Here’s a look at a few other items Council discussed Tuesday:

· Town Council approved a resolution to purchase 1,137.5 acre-feet of WISE Authority water that had been reserved by Douglas County. This will supply enough water for roughly 2,500 Castle Rock homes. The total purchase is about $2.1 million. The funding will come from System Development Fees paid by developers.

Watch the presentation: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=731&meta_id=67409

· Town Council approved on first reading proposed changes to Town Code regarding group homes within neighborhoods. The ordinance would amend several code sections to better align them with State and Federal Statutes. Cleanup items include enhancing the definition of “group home” and clearly setting parameters for governing group homes. The proposed ordinance seeks to strike a balance between preserving neighborhood characteristics and providing opportunities for everyone to have a great, safe place to live.

Watch the presentation and Council discussion: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=731&meta_id=67348

· As more alternative means of ingesting nicotine make their way to the market, it’s important Town Code is up-to-date on minors and tobacco use. An ordinance Council approved on first reading would update the definition of tobacco products to include electronic, vapor-based forms of nicotine.

Watch the presentation: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=731&meta_id=67358

Coming up

Because of Castle Rock Police’s National Night Out event, the Aug. 7 Town Council meeting has been canceled. The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21. Additionally, Council will hold a study session on next year’s budget on Aug. 14.

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