The Castle Pines North Metro District is forming a work group to evaluate the possibility of purchasing the land at
the northwest corner of Castle Pines Parkway and Monarch Boulevard, known as CC-20. Zoned for commercial development, CC-20 is currently owned by Village Homes and Pinark, LLC. Plans to develop this land have been submitted to Douglas County.
Earlier this year, residents formed the Committee of Concerned Citizens for Redirecting Proposed Commercial Development. In an attempt to determine the pulse of the community, the committee distributed a survey asking residents their opinions about the site. More than 50 community volunteers went door-to-door throughout the neighborhood to discuss the commercial development that is planned for CC-20.
There was an overwhelming response in favor of avoiding commercial development on this property, and supporting the possibility of CPN purchasing this land for a park and/or open space. Research findings were presented in May to board members of the CPN Metro District, Parks Authority and the CPN Master Association.
Out of 3,000 surveys distributed, 1,604 were returned. Surveys were received back from every neighborhood in CPN.
The first question on the survey asked whether the community would prefer to see "commercial development," "open space," or "park and open space," on CC-20. More than 90 percent of respondants chose "park and open space," with only six percent choosing "commercial development."
When asked whether the community wanted the CPN Metro District to purchase CC-20, 84 percent responded "yes," and six percent were "not sure."
The third question on the survey asked: "If the CPN Metro District purchases this land from Village Homes and Pinark, LLC, which of the following choices would residents support?" Here are the results:
Fifty-eight percent would support financing necessary for the acquisition of this land for open space and/or a park at a cost of approximately $6 to $8 per month, per household;
Eighty-one percent would support the redirecting of park funds to help purchase this land, understanding that this would delay the plans for Castle View Park;
Twenty-nine percent would support financing necessary for the acquisition of CC-20 for open space and/or a park, and to accelerate the completion of Castle View Park at a cost of approximately $10 to $15 per month, per household;
Six percent would support none of the above.
During the collection of surveys, the residents expressed concerns about commercial development being built on CC-20. According to Alicia McCommons, Committee Team Leader, “many community members said that they appreciated the opportunity to complete a petition and survey, and wanted our community to do anything that it could to retain CPN’s property values, and to protect us from traffic, safety, noise and other environmental issues that would certainly come with commercial development in the heart of our community.”
In response to the requests from residents, the Metro District along with members from the Concerned Citizens Committee will begin work sessions in June to determine what options are available. Any proposal to increase taxes to purchase this land would have to be approved in an election.
The Douglas County hearing originally scheduled for April was cancelled.The County had asked Village Homes to submit revised drainage plans. As of press time, no revised plans have been submitted to the County and no related hearings have been scheduled.
For more information about CC-20, e-mail the Concerned Citizens Committee at
firstname.lastname@example.org, contact Metro District Manager, Jim McGrady at 303-688-8550, or visit the CPN Metro District’s web page.
For further information about the history of CC-20 click on the following links.