Council OKs traffic control plan for Crowfoot Valley Road

Development plan for 95-home Terrain North Basin Village is approved

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In a more than four-hour meeting on April 20, the Castle Rock Town Council discussed proposed developments, water issues and how to manage traffic-control concerns along Crowfoot Valley Road.

In a lengthy discussion, the council reviewed public feedback and received an update regarding future improvements and traffic control measures for the corridor of Crowfoot Valley Road between Founders Parkway and Sapphire Pointe. The current five-year Transportation Capital Improvement Program plans for improvements at the intersection of Crowfoot Valley Road and Sapphire Pointe Boulevard and widening Crowfoot Valley Road to four lanes.

Based on community feedback and staff recommendations, council voted unanimously to install a traffic signal, if or when conditions warrant, at each of the four intersections that are located within town limits. Crowfoot Valley Road falls under multiple jurisdictions, including Castle Rock, Douglas County and Parker.

A future right-turn lane at Knobcone Drive was also added to the recommended improvements.

During the public hearing, several residents said one of the biggest issues on Crowfoot Valley Road is speeding. Residents said drivers are going more than 80 mph at times. Mayor Jason Gray said this concern should be given more attention from town staff. With unanimous agreement from fellow councilmembers, staff will further examine how speeds might be reduced in the corridor.

Gray said it is important to find an answer to the speeding problem that is “sufficient and legal.”

In other business, the council voted 5-2 to approve a site development plan for Terrain North Basin Village. The 71-acre parcel is in the center of the Terrain community along Castle Oaks Drive. The plan calls for 95 single-family homes in four designated areas. The agreement will designate 36 acres in open space along McMurdo Gulch. The project dates back decades as the land was originally zoned and annexed into town limits in 1981.

Voting in favor of the measure were Gray, Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bracken and Councilmembers Ryan Hollingshead, Tim Dietz and Desiree LeFleur. Councilmembers Laura Cavy and Caryn Johnson voted against the measure.

In another 4-3 split vote, the council voted on the second reading of the redevelopment and financial agreement for The View, a six-story, multi-use building proposed downtown. Voting in favor of the measure were Gray, Bracken, Hollingshead and LeFleur. Johnson, Dietz, and Cavy voted against the measure as they did in the first reading on April 6.

Prior to coming before the town council for the redevelopment and financial agreement, developers of The View received approval to move forward from the Design Review Board. With construction slated to start this year, The View will include 221 for-rent residential units, along with 14,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and office space. Altogether, including a parking garage, the project is more than 300,000 square feet. The Town will purchase 100 spaces in the garage for $3 million.

Other measures discussed and approved by the council included:

A budget amendment: As projects carry over from previous years, and estimates cost more than expected, Finance Director Trish Muller said it is common to need amendments to the approved budget. The council approved a more than $5.7 million expenditure amendment.

IGA with Dominion Water & Sanitation: The council unanimously approved the fifth amendment to the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the town and Dominion which gives Dominion the right to purchase nonrenewable groundwater rights owned by the town at Cherokee Ranch. Mark Marlowe, director of Castle Rock Water, said in 2017, the town purchased renewable water infrastructure from United Water and Sanitation District that among other things included the deep groundwater rights that are located on the Cherokee Ranch property and in an area difficult for Castle Rock to use. Marlowe said the focus of the purchase was the renewable water infrastructure and at the time, the town never intended to keep the nonrenewable groundwater rights, planning to sell the rights in the future. In the latest agreement, Marlowe said instead of accepting cash in exchange for the nonrenewable groundwater rights, the town negotiated a trade valued at nearly $1.4 million. Marlowe explained that the town needs additional WISE (Water, Infrastructure and Supply Efficiency) water infrastructure to import additional WISE water and future renewable water supplies into the town. Marlowe said the agreement benefits both parties.

The council was scheduled to review initial results of the 2021 community survey but moved this item to the May 4 meeting agenda to ensure ample time for discussion.

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