Growth Discussion from a Resident

When I see “smart growth” on your website it scares me, because what I see happening in Castle Rock does not look smart or healthy. I’ve only been in Castle Rock for one year, and in Colorado for two, so complaining about growth feels hypocritical, but I moved to Castle Rock for the small town feeling, and because it felt like a great place to raise my two sons. I would like to see it remain a small town and not turn into another Parker or Highlands Ranch. In the one year I’ve lived here I’ve seen everything explode in growth. Traffic is worse, and the natural area that we fell in love with here is disappearing, and all natural areas that are not parks are threatened.  I’m originally from Atlanta, and I saw every community for 50 miles plagued by traffic and soulless strip malls (my 17 miles commute took 1.5 hours). Most of those cities around Atlanta lost their appeal. The Atlanta area started to explode in growth in the 1990s, and I see it coming to the Denver area now.

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Transportation Question

Charles, I’ve lived in Castle Rock for the last 18 years and have seen rapid growth in the last 15 years. We have a big problem with transportation in this Town. I commute to downtown Denver and spend 720 hours a year commuting. Every day is getting worse on I-25 and Hwy. 85, it’s a parking lot that starts at Castle Pines. What are your plans to help the commuters with this major traffic problem? Do you oppose bringing RTD down to Castle Rock? I’m interested in hearing your views. Thanks in advance!

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Social Media in 2018

Social Media and all the noise that surrounds it is unavoidable, but very educational.

So first, because I don’t say this enough: If you like what I have to say, please like and share with your friends.  With 65,000 people in Castle Rock a few shares go a long way.  Please share all my posts, it does matter.

But the bigger question I get (or am texted, messaged, emailed) is why do I not respond to other Facebook groups questions, message threads etc.?

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Home Builders Assosciation Questions

The Denver Home Builders Association routinely meets with elected officials throughout the Greater Denver Area.  Their Board meets with Candidates for about 15 minutes to talk about developer concerns.  Here are the questions I was provided with and the answers I gave.

I very much enjoyed my conversation with them.  They were very concerned about the increased schedule time when we started talking about my Smart Growth Strategy.  I was able to tie that back to their own self-stated desire to be more involved with municipalities when development and impact fees are being discussed.  Although they asked a lot of questions on the questionnaire, all we really talked about were their schedules and fees.

Update:  Apparently I was the only person that offered any resistance to their high growth, high-density agenda, as they provided over $5000 dollars worth of support to my opponents who have not provided any transparency on how they would manage growth.  The answer appears obvious to me, Randy Reed and Jason Grey support a continuation of growth with minimal resident and council oversite.

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Castle Rock News Press

Below is what I was sent to complete for the Castle Rock News-Press

Please answer the background questions and the five questions below that. When answering, it is important that you stick to the word limit posted to the right of the question. If your answers are too long, editors will trim them. Please return this questionnaire to us by 5 p.m. Thursday, September 13, and include a high-resolution headshot of yourself.

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District Representation

The citizens of Castle Rock who voted in the November 2017 special election overwhelmingly supported changing from an appointed mayor to an at-large directly elected mayor.  The process to make this change was a terrific reminder of the power of our legislative process, but it also highlighted some of the problems when a complex change has to be reduced to a referendum sized block of legal text.

According to the National League of Cities, there are three main types of municipal representation, At-large, district and mixed.  By adopting this hybrid system we are definitively moving in the right direction for Castle Rock’s future.

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