December 2016
      
      
2017 Budget - Final Reading
A public hearing will be held during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13 for a second reading of the 2017 City Budget. After this reading, City Council will have the opportunity to approve the 2017 budget. Overall, revenues and expenses are expected to be similar to 2016. See the proposed budget presentation here.
 
Residents are invited to attend and give Castle Pines City Council and staff their feedback.
      
Welcome Councilmember Price!
In November, City Council appointed Ben Price to fill the vacant Ward 2 position. Ben, along with his wife and three daughters, moved to Castle Pines a few years ago, drawn to the city's high quality of life. "[I'm] here to volunteer because I care about the place where we live," Ben shared at the meeting. "I have a desire to serve my community as best I can." Three individuals applied for the open seat. 
 
Welcome to City Council, Ben, and thanks for serving!
      
Monarch Blvd. Construction Coming
As part of the Lagae Ranch development, construction on the Monarch Blvd. extension is scheduled to begin in February 2017. The extension will allow Monarch to connect with the realigned Lagae Road.
 
Lagae Ranch is a new 249-acre development, which includes Elk Ridge Park, American Academy Charter School, new residential development, additional open space and parks, and limited retail. Originally approved in 2008, construction is underway now and is anticipated to continue through 2018.
      

Planning & Zoning Commission Vacancies
Interested in helping shape how our community grows? The Planning & Zoning Commission/Board of Adjustment is looking for members for 2017! This five-member board is responsible for:
  • Hearing applications for public facility siting and provides recommendations on land use applications to City Council
  • Developing, adopting and certifying the City's Comprehensive Plan and subsequent amendments
  • Holding public hearings on variance requests
The combined board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted at 360 Village Square Lane.
 
Interested candidates must submit an application by December 30, and City Council will make appointments on January 10.
      
Are You Ready for Winter?
Well, it looks like snow season is finally here!  Find the resources you need here , and below are a few friendly resident reminders:
  • Property owners are responsible for any sidewalks abutting their property, so please clear snow from your sidewalks within 24 hours of a storm ending. 
  • Avoid getting plowed in by moving cars out of the street before a snow storm comes. This helps plows clear snow from curb to curb and makes for a safer community.
  • If you do park along the curb, please park your car parallel to the curb, as opposed to perpendicular to it. This makes streets and cul de sacs easier to plow.
      
PaRC Plan Update
We have heard from hundreds of residents about community priorities for parks and recreation. Thanks to all who participated in the second Public Survey or talked to us at Party in the Pines events. Check out what we heard in the Phase 2 Outreach Summary. During November, we focused on drafting the strategies and recommendations to go into the Plan based the community's strong feedback as well as the market and inventory analysis completed earlier in the process. Stay tuned for a release of the draft at the end of the year!
      

Upcoming Community Events
Castle Pines Library Events
  • The Nutcracker Experience - Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5:30pm: A fun and informative performance of The Nutcracker ballet for all ages. Ballet performed by Dual Star Academy of Dance.
  • A Visit with Santa - Thursday, Dec. 8, 10am & 6:30pm; Monday, Dec. 12, 10am: Kids and families enjoy time with Santa, including special holiday stories and seasonal activities.
  • Teen Library Council - Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:30pm: Teens advocate for their peers in the library while earning volunteer hours. Snacks are also served.
Register and see all library events here. All listed events take place at the Castle Pines Library, 360 Village Square Lane.

Castle Pines Run Club
Are you a runner hoping to meet other runners in Castle Pines? Then join the Castle Pines Run Club! The club meets at Duke's, 363 Village Square Lane, #100, every Wednesday at 5:30pm. Runs will be 3-5 miles and runners of all abilities are welcome. Runners will also meet back at Duke's afterward for a post-run social! If you have questions, please contact  info@discoveryrunning.com
      
Castle Pines In the News
Check out some recent articles about what's going on in our community:
      

December Meetings & Closures
Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting
December 1 | 6 p.m. | Douglas County Library | 360 Village Square Lane

Municipal Court
December 2 | 7:30 a.m. | CPN Community Center | 7404 Yorkshire Drive

City Council Meeting & Public Hearings
December 13 | 6 p.m. | Douglas County Library | 360 Village Square Lane

Christmas Holiday
City offices closed Monday, December 26

City Council Meeting
December 27 | 6 p.m. | Douglas County Library | 360 Village Square Lane

New Year's Holiday
City offices closed Monday, January 2
      

City Council Happenings
Read the Council Wrap-up from November 8 here.
Council Updates:
  • Ben Price Appointed as Ward 2 Council Representative
  • Open Council Seat in Ward 1
  • Zoning Change to Business District
  • Site Improvement Plan Regulation Update
  • 2017 Budget
  • International Building Codes
  • Agreement with Douglas County Sheriff's Office


City of Castle Pines
360 Village Square Lane, Suite B
Castle Pines, CO 80108
303.705.0200