Town council approves 1,200-home development plan

That Lanterns could be moving dirt within weeks, landowner says

Posted 3/11/19

A massive swath of land in Castle Rock is poised to become the town's newest neighborhood. The Lanterns, also called Montaine, is a housing development that's been years in the planning but is now …

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Town council approves 1,200-home development plan

That Lanterns could be moving dirt within weeks, landowner says

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A massive swath of land in Castle Rock is poised to become the town's newest neighborhood.

The Lanterns, also called Montaine, is a housing development that's been years in the planning but is now nearly ready to turn dirt. The 848-acre property was annexed into Castle Rock in 2002 and zoned in 2014. The plan is to build 1,200 single-family homes at the southern edge of Castle Rock, east of Interstate 25.

That includes 664 age-restricted homes for residents 55 and up, and 536 non-restricted homes. In the future neighborhood, there's a reserved school site, two recreation centers and a park site. About 65 percent of the property will remain public open space, accessible by 13 miles of trail.

The town council signed off on developers' amended site-development plan for The Lanterns at its March 5 meeting.

Scott Carlson is one of three brothers who've owned the land for approximately five years. He said he conducted 20 meetings with neighboring residents over the years, plus additional private meetings with residents who requested to meet at their homes. The development plan was changed multiple times as a result of feedback from those meetings, he told council.

“I wanted them to respect our property rights but reciprocally I needed to respect them,” he said.

Mayor Pro Tem Jason Bower commended the development team for their community outreach efforts.

“I think you guys have been more than accommodating,” Bower said. “It's a fantastic project.”

Carlson said residents can expect to see trucks moving dirt within weeks. Full buildout of the project is expected to take years, possibly 10, 15 or more. The builder on the project is luxury home company Toll Brothers.

Councilmember Caryn Johnson said she was glad to see the project's environmental assessment and development plan accounted for wetlands but said the fiscal impact of the project did not look like it was “good for the town.”

Only one resident spoke at the meeting.

Brian Bates told council his main concern was a sidewalk planned in The Lanterns that would take users near his home, which neighbors the site. Bates requested it be moved closer to the roadway and not meander toward his home, as was planned.

Carlson said changing the sidewalk was of no consequence to the project and they were willing to move it. Bower asked that they move it, although other councilmembers said they liked the design as it was. The resident and development team agreed to continue working together regarding the sidewalk.

Bates also said residents have some concern about traffic the project will generate. But he supports the development because The Lanterns is contributing about $1.3 million to help the town build a new interstate interchange. He hopes a planned Crystal Valley Interchange project will alleviate traffic congestion on Frontage Road and neighboring streets. The town is actively seeking funding for that project.

“Anything you guys can do to move that forward,” he said, “would be helpful.”

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