Live, Work and Play in the City of Castle Pines
On December 10, the City of Castle Pines Councilmembers unanimously approved an amendment to The Canyons Planned Development. Specifically, the addition of 1,500 additional homes, 167 acre regional park and a future site for a high school and middle school in Planning Areas 10, 12-19, which is generally south of Rueter-Hess Reservoir, north of Crowfoot Valley Road, and east of Interstate 25, along the east side of the City.
“We are building the community of Castle Pines,” said Mayor Tera Radloff. “We have been elected to protect, defend and promote the best interest of our citizens. We want to be good neighbors, but we are responsible to the people who elected us.”
The approval of this amendment is one of the the final pieces key to a larger community vision that began nearly a decade ago. In 2009, City Council approved the original annexation application to develop over 3,300 acres of land east of I-25 with over 2 million square feet of commercial development and 2,500 homes. Shortly after, the economic recession suspended development until 2015 when Shea Homes purchased over 1,200 acres of the land, east of Canyonside Boulevard, with 2,000 homes and began engineering and installing the infrastructure necessary to support the residential homes. Fast forward four years, Shea welcomed its first homeowner December 2019.
In 2019, City Council’s December 10 vote secured a site for a middle school and a high school, a regional park, open space and land for a variety of development: single-family homes, single-family attached homes, retail space and open space — ultimately attracting retail, investors, employers and spending dollars to the City of Castle Pines’ commercial area.
“The City of Castle Pines and our Council, part of our overall idea for the community is live, work and play, and to be able to do that, we need to be able to support our amenities,” said District 3 Councilmember, Tracy Engerman. “From all the economic studies we have done, I will say we need more rooftops to afford to do that. This (amendment) continues to further our mission to live, work and play.”
In the most northeastern quadrant of the City, 167 acres were dedicated to a regional amenity park with the potential of having a visitor or nature center. This land dedication increased the total parkland and open space for trails to a little over 315 acres. The open space and parkland within this property becomes public space and City-owned land. The developer offered the City a mill levy shareback for the open space within the property to offset the operation and maintenance costs the City would incur.
As the area developed, City staff periodically met with the developer, water and sewer experts, traffic engineers, neighboring communities, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Douglas County, Douglas County Schools and numerous experts to assess and determine if the development plans for the area were in the best interest of residents and the City of Castle Pines’ future.
The developer submitted studies addressing the impact of future traffic and drainage necessitates. The traffic impact study reviewed anticipated commercial development, anticipated traffic, considered alternative routes, development and paving of new roads and a number of additional factors projected out to 2040, satisfying the City’s land use requirements. Its drainage study also met the City’s standards with its first study phase addressing its commitment to infrastructure improvements for additional capacity.
Once the development moves forward, the City requires the developer to revisit the findings and re-verify the information. Should the results return with different facts from the original submittal, the developer is required to resubmit a new study addressing what has changed and what needs to be amended.
“The proposed project will support and attract retailers, shoppers and ultimately help the City achieve its economic development goals as it develops over the next 10 to 20 years,” said Coudeyras.