Annexation for Canyons South development near Castle Rock moves forward

Town, county intergovernmental agreement also lifts density cap of 968 units

Posted 3/26/16

A revised agreement between Castle Rock and Douglas County allows The Canyons South development off Crowfoot Valley Road to increase its density from 968 units to 1,506 units on the 1,584-acre property.

The agreement also allows the developer to …

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Annexation for Canyons South development near Castle Rock moves forward

Town, county intergovernmental agreement also lifts density cap of 968 units

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A revised agreement between Castle Rock and Douglas County allows The Canyons South development off Crowfoot Valley Road to increase its density from 968 units to 1,506 units on the 1,584-acre property.

The agreement also allows the developer to work more closely with the Town of Castle Rock on its request to be annexed.

Bill Detweiler, the town's director of development services, stressed that the amendment to the intergovernmental agreement between the town and Douglas County does not guarantee annexation of the Canyons South property, which is south of Crowfoot Valley Road, east of Timber Canyon and north of Founders Parkway.

“There are a significant number of improvements needed,” Detweiler said. “We're in negotiations right now requiring the applicant to build out Crowfoot Valley Road before development occurs, along with other things. This is requiring infrastructure before rooftops.”

Although the developer, Lowe Residential Corp.,filed the formal request for annexation into Castle Rock earlier this year, it has been meeting with the town for about three years. The increase in density for the development eliminates a proposed golf course, driving range and clubhouse to accommodate more single-family homes. A private recreation center, parks and approximately 316.3 acres of public open space is also included in the site plans.

The town of Castle Rock has clearly proven it is one of the best places to live in America, as noted by the numerous awards the town and its staff have won in recent years," said Erik Clore, a Lowe Enterprises representative, when asked about the annexation request. "The lifestyle, amenities and sense of community in Castle Rock are three of the reasons we believe Castle Rock is so special."

Clore also said that Canyons South offers "a number of benefits to Castle Rock residents, including significant area transportation improvements and hundreds of acres of additional open space and parks to the town’s inventory."

The amendment was approved this month at town council and commissioners' meetings.

Public referral and comments on the amendment included Tri-County Health noting that the community design and features would encourage walking and bicycling. Two emails received by Douglas County stressed the need for public notification of future meetings, sharing details on any development plans, concerns over reduction of open space, and concern over the change in proposed densities.

No one at either the council or commissioners' meetings objected to the amendment.

The Canyons South development has four more steps before an annexation can be completed. The first is required open houses with the developer, which were scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the week of March 28. A substantial compliance hearing is also scheduled to be heard before the end of March.

“There's a lot of work and discussion that goes on before public hearings,” Detweiler said, such as discussion of vision plans, code requirements and policy and plans for infrastructure.

After those hearings, the Castle Rock Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the request for annexation and zoning in May. If everything moves forward, Castle Rock Town Council will hold a public hearing in June. The public hearing is required to be advertised, will allow for public comment and will be heard in two separate and consecutive readings.

Residents can voice concerns about the proposed annexation at any of the scheduled public hearings, on the town's website or by writing letters to town staff, the planning commission and town council.

“The town hasn't done many annexations of this size,” Detweiler said. “I think we have a lot of interested residents in what's going on. Anytime there's growth or expansion, people — rightfully so — want to find out what it means for me and my neighborhood. And that's why we have the public process that we do.”

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