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PCNMA Budget Ratification Meeting and Annual Meeting

Dear Plum Creek North Master Homeowners,
As a reminder the Budget Ratification Meeting and Annual Meeting will be held on December 8, 2020.
In order to conduct the meeting we need to have at least 185 homeowners/proxies for a quorum.  As of today we only have 90 proxies.  Please mail in the yellow proxy postcard that you received in the mail in late October.  If you have misplaced your proxy please click here to download the proxy and email, mail or fax back to us.  If we do not reach a Quorum we will have to reschedule the meeting and send out new notices which costs your association money!  If  you plan on attending the meeting please still send in your proxy.

**if you have already mailed in your proxy postcard we Thank You!

email proxy to – kim@premierpropmgmt.com
Fax 303-974-3292
Mail – PCNMA,  PO Box 632018, Highlands Ranch, CO  80163-2018

Sincerely,
Kim Maguire, CMCA – Community Association Manager

Making the right connections!

Have you ever had questions about things that come up in your neighborhood and not known how to get answers or who to call? Did you know you have a direct link to the Town? If you are unsure where to start, contact your Neighborhood Liaison! As the Town’s Neighborhood Liaison, I serve as the primary contact and liaison between neighborhood organizations, Town departments, community partners and citizens concerning questions related to Town programs, services, and codes. I get to meet lots of interesting people and listen to their stories, then I coordinate and connect the right people to create dialogue, share information and form partnerships. Which is a fancy way of saying, I get to help people find solutions to their problems!

In an effort to answer some commonly asked questions about Castle Rock’s neighborhoods, I am proud to announce the launch of the new Castle Rock Neighborhoods Map! This interactive, GIS neighborhood mapping site is your guide to finding neighborhood-specific information, including neighborhood boundaries, contact information and links to association management, in an easy-to-use format. This mobile-friendly map can be searched by address, neighborhood name or by clicking on an area of interest. Be one of the first to try the new Castle Rock Neighborhoods Map  site and send me your comments. And, the next time you need some help connecting the dots on zoning related issues, just remember that the Town has a plan for that! Contact your Neighborhood Liaison – I am never too busy to help with any questions, neighborhood concerns or simply be a resource for you.

Cara

Cara Reed – Neighborhood Liaison

720.733.2480 Office | creed@crgov.com

www.crgov.com | Castle Rock Neighborhoods Map

News: Town Development Activity Map gets an upgrade

Have you ever seen construction activity around Town and wondered what was coming? The Town recently launched an upgraded development activity map with a new interactive, web-based tool that allows users to locate and follow development projects throughout the planning process.

The new mapping platform provides up-to-date, detailed and searchable information on pending and active development projects within the Town, and projects recently closed. The new interactive map replaces the previous Development Activity Map.

“The upgraded development map is an excellent tool for residents and businesses to review the projects taking place throughout the Town,” said Development Services Director Tara Vargish. “This is one example of our efforts to provide more access and transparency regarding current development in our community.”

Visit CRgov.com/DevelopmentActivity, and select the map link to access the map. The new Development Activity Map includes color-coded pins marking projects currently under review, recently approved projects and projects recently closed. Clicking on the pins on the map gives you the project information and a link to more details. You also can scroll through the list of projects, or enter a term to narrow the list.

The information on the new Development Activity Map is more accurate and up-to-date than ever because the data is updated directly from the Town’s electronic review and permitting system. Other features of the development map include side tabs to easily switch between projects, recent submittals and pre-application meetings.

For more information about planning and development within the Town of Castle Rock, email planning@CRgov.com

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Board of Director Candidate Application Form – Due Oct 15, 2020

Dear Plum Creek North Master Homeowners,
Due to Covid-19, the Plum Creek North Master Homeowners Association will be scheduling a virtual Annual Meeting soon.  Currently there are two Board of Directors positions open, each for a two year term.  If you are interested in having your name placed on the ballot for the election please fill out the Candidate Application Form (click here) and submit back to kim@premierpropmgmt.com, or fax 303-974-3292 or mail to Premier Property Management,  PO Box 632018, Highlands Ranch, CO  80163-2018.

We are asking that your candidate application form be submitted no later than October 15, 2020.  A ballot with the names of the candidates who requested to have their names on the ballot will be mailed out for your vote along with additional virtual meeting information.

Sincerely,
Kim Maguire, CMCA – Community Association Manager
For the PCNMA Board of Directors

Good neighbors make great neighborhoods!

Neighborhoods have changed over the years and in today’s fast-paced world, it’s common to live in a bubble. Many people can spend years living just a few feet away from their neighbors without ever learning their names. In fact, a majority of Americans (57%) say they know only some of their neighbors and only 26% say they know most of them. Research shows that good neighbors help build strong, thriving neighborhoods.

One of the keys to having a good experience with your neighbors is to be a good neighbor yourself. There’s an art to being a good neighbor and just like anything else in life, it can take a little time to master. Problems can come up and how you handle them can make all the difference. If you don’t want to be that neighbor, try following these tips and see if you can turn polite encounters into lasting friendships!

Curb appeal – A good neighbor is one who maintains the exterior of the house and lawn. But, using your lawn mower, leaf blower and power tools too early in the morning will not endear you to your neighbors. Falling leaves respect no property lines, and the ones that fall in your yard, even from a neighbor’s tree, are all yours. Make sure that your tree limbs, spreading shrubs and weeds don’t creep into your neighbor’s yard.

Practice courtesy when parking – Few things will sour a relationship with your neighbor quicker than parking where you shouldn’t; take care not to block driveways, obstruct the sidewalk, or park facing the wrong direction. All neighbors appreciate being able to park in front of their own home, so please consider this when you or your guests are parking. Town Code requires all vehicles, including boats, trailers and recreational vehicles, to be parked on a driveway, or an improved surface – parking on grass or dirt is not allowed.

Drive the residential speed limit of 25 mph – Most neighbors observe the speed limit, but many times it’s your guests who don’t. Remind your guests, and if appropriate, let them know that there are small children in the neighborhood. Although it is up to parents to keep a watchful eye, youngsters can easily forget the rules of safety when they’re caught up in play.

Late-night noise – You might be a party animal or maybe you are as quiet as a mouse. Noise acceptability varies by neighborhood. Sitting outside on a warm summer night with your friend is wonderful, but if your house is on a small lot, and the neighbor’s bedroom window is close, you might want to take it inside so your neighbor can sleep. Be respectful of your neighbors when your guests are over late, and be mindful of the noise created by loud good byes or slamming car doors.

Pets – Not everyone is a dog or cat lover, so for your neighbors’ sake, please be responsible for your pets by following Town animal codes. Pets that are noisy or roam freely throughout the neighborhood can create a nuisance for your neighbors. Keep pets leashed, off your neighbor’s lawn and pick up after them. This is a good way to ensure your neighbor loves your pet almost as much as you do!

Having great neighbors is terrific. When people make an effort to be neighborly, the neighborhood is more appealing and it can make your home life far more pleasant. An extra benefit is knowing that you and your neighbors will look out for each other. May your neighborhood be better because of you!

Looking to start a business – Now?

Is a pandemic the right time to start a business? It just might be! It may seem a little crazy to start a business now, but you wouldn’t be alone. New businesses are forming despite the pandemic, confirming the saying that crisis breeds innovation and opportunity. Challenging times are often seen as a good time to start a business and past downturns have produced companies like Airbnb, Uber and Venmo. There are plenty of reasons to start up — maybe you are looking for a better work/life balance, maybe you want to be your own boss, or you want more financial stability. In today’s connected world, where technology provides more flexibility in how and where we work, more people are discovering ways to pursue entrepreneurship.

Home-based businesses come in a variety of forms – think dog walking, house cleaning, and selling goods online. Castle Rock is a business-friendly community, but there are some business services that can change the character of a neighborhood and those businesses are not permitted to be headquartered at home. A few examples include beauty/barber services, auto repair, bed and breakfast establishments and pet grooming. Because Castle Rock is committed to maintaining its small town charm and the appearance of our residential neighborhoods, all business activities must be conducted inside the home, including the storage of materials and equipment. In addition, home-based businesses are not permitted to display advertising signs or generate more than occasional vehicle traffic.

Wondering if your start up idea can be run from home? We can help! Before you open your doors for business, the Town of Castle Rock requires you to apply for and obtain a Business and Tax License. Each application includes a zoning review to determine if Town Code allows the business to be run from home. And, don’t forget to check with your homeowners association to assure your home business complies with any established rules/covenants. Ready to get started? Apply for your Business & Tax License online. Questions about the Business & Tax License process? Contact the Finance Department at 303-660-1015 or by email.

Need help with your new business? Let Castle Rock’s Economic Partnership (Economic Development Council, Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Authority) lend you a hand in cutting through potential roadblocks; they can also help with expert planning and marketing. Free business counseling is also available from organizations like SCORE mentors, Small Business Development Centers, and Women’s Business Centers; visit www.sba.gov to learn more.

 

 

 

Hot Weather Pet Safety Tips – A Friendly Reminder for Castle Rock Residents

Hot Weather Pet Safety Tips

As the heat cranks up this summer, our four-legged friends need a little TLC. They rely on you to keep them healthy and happy. Read below for some great tips on keeping your pet safe in the summer sun!

  • Pets require protection from the wind, rain and sun. Shelter, shade and fresh, clean water should be provided to animals who may be outdoors in warmer temperatures. When possible, please keep pets inside where it’s safest.
  • Don’t let summer fun get ruined because of un-scooped poop! Dog poop smells and stepping in poop is not During hot summer months, dog poop can be especially unpleasant. Why? The summer heat and humidity accelerate the smell of dog poop, so please – pick it up!
  • When it comes to vocalizing dogs, the general rule is – the warmer the weather, the more dogs will bark. And, you expect to hear more barking in warmer weather, because pets are more likely to be outside and you are more likely to have your windows open. To preserve the peace in your neighborhood, please keep your pets quiet; noise is considered excessive after just ten (10) minutes.
  • No matter how tempting it may be, or how quickly you think you may run into a store, never leave your pet in a car – even with the windows cracked. In a matter of minutes, the inside temperature of a vehicle can soar to 120 degrees.
  • Does your pet’s tail wag the moment he/she sees you holding a leash? Most pets love being rewarded with a walk and they are required to be on a leash (ten feet or less) when they are off your property. Keeping your pet leashed is also a good neighbor policy because it prevents them from trespassing on the neighbor’s property during your walk. The use of a leash benefits you, your neighbors, and your pet.
  • Try not to overdo it when exercising with your pet this summer. If you typically walk your dog, be sure it’s during the coolest part of the day (early morning or late evening). Pads on the feet of your pet can burn with hot pavement; test the street or sidewalk by putting your bare hand or foot on it to make sure it’s cool enough for your pet.
  • Do you have a four-legged escape artist? During the summer, many pets escape when gates are open for gardening or landscaping. Pets that suffer from anxiety or thunder phobia can be driven to escape because of their panic, so it is important to be mindful of how loud “booms” from thunderstorms or fireworks can affect your pet. To increase the chances of recovering your pet after an escape, please make sure they are microchipped and wear their collars and tags.

Remember these tips and you and your pet will safely enjoy the summer. For more information about animal care and control in Castle Rock, view the Municipal Code: Animal Control. 🐾

 

A Friendly Reminder for Town of Castle Rock Neighborhoods – Is Your Home Ready for Business?

Is Your Home Ready for Business?

As of 2018, approximately 3.7 million people in the U.S. were self-employed and working from home. It is estimated that nine out of 10 workers wish they could work from home. Are you thinking of turning your hobby into a home business? Castle Rock is a business-friendly community and Town Code allows home-based businesses that do not change the residential character or appearance of the home or neighborhood. All businesses are required to have a business/tax license prior to opening.  Business license applications are subject to zoning review, and additional steps and/or fees may be required. Before you take the plunge, check your Association’s governing documents to assure your home business complies with any established rules/covenants.

Need help getting your business started? Castle Rock’s Economic Partnership (Economic Development Council, Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Authority) is eager to lend a hand to help cut through potential roadblocks. They can assist with expert planning, marketing and business savvy to make the process quick and efficient for you. Free business counseling is also available from organizations like SCORE mentors, Small Business Development Centers, and Women’s Business Centers; visit www.sba.gov to learn more. If you have questions regarding the Town of Castle Rock’s business/tax licensing, please call the Finance Department at 303-660-1015.

Do You Need to Get Rid of Some Stuff?

Everyone has a little stuff lying around the house. OK, some of us may have more than a little. Regardless of how much stuff we have, we can all benefit from decluttering our homes. Decluttering makes you more efficient and keeps you organized. More than that, clutter has psychological influences; it sends a signal to your brain that work is not finished. You may be surprised how much better you feel after you eliminate unnecessary stuff from your life. You might consider advertising on Craigslist or Nextdoor, hiring a junk hauler, or contacting a charitable organization.  Below is a list of charitable organizations, upcoming recycling events, vendors that provide haul away/recycling services, and organizations providing assistance in the Castle Rock community.

Aging Resources of Douglas County: A free assistance and referral program for qualified seniors needing help with light maintenance and chores – donations are accepted. Give them a call at 303-814-4300, or visit them on the web at www.agingresourcesdougco.org.

Charitable Organizations:

Goodwill Industries – 303-650-7700 – www.goodwill.org

Help & Hope Center (formerly Douglas/Elbert Task Force) – 303-688-6129 – www.helpandhopecenter.org

Salvation Army – free pickup – 800-728-7825 – www.satruck.org

E-Waste Recycling Event: Many electronics can and should be recycled. Recycle your old electronics and shred documents for free at this event! Bring your household electronics, including televisions, plus three file boxes or kitchen-sized trash bags per person for paper shredding.

Free Community Recycling Event – Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9a.m. to 1p.m.

Echo Park Stadium – 11901 Newlin Gulch Rd., Parker

First Call: A free information and referral line in Douglas County. First Call links people with quality services in the community. Give them a call at 303-660-7519.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Recycling Event:  Household hazardous wastes are products that contain ingredients that are toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive. Some examples include pool chemicals, antifreeze, batteries, solvents, pesticides, fluorescent lights, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, oil-based paint and tires. These products should not be placed in the trash or poured down the drain, storm sewers or on the ground. Proper disposal at the Roundup Event helps prevent accidental poisonings and fire hazards in your home.

Household Chemical Roundup Recycling Event – $25 per vehicle & proof of residency required

Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9a.m. to 3p.m. – Castle Rock Water – 175 Kellogg Ct., Castle Rock

Knockout Junk – Junk Hauler: A Castle Rock residential junk removal company – Call or text 720-443-1470 or schedule service online at www.knockoutjunk.com.

Metal Men LLC – If it tings, they take it! – Metal Recycling: Do you have an old vehicle you need to get rid of? Is your old appliance taking up valuable storage space? Contact Metal Men LLC for free curbside pickup. If it tings, they take it! Give them a call at 720-215-1388 or send an email to metal.men5280@gmail.com.

To the Rescue: Provides a range of services offered to all community members with specialized services for seniors and persons with disabilities. Services include transportation, residential cleaning, lawn care, snow removal, and home organization/downsizing services. Give them a call at 720-851-2100 or visit the web at www.totherescue.net.

Yard Waste: Take your yard waste, including tree limbs, shrubs and brush, to the FREE Castle Rock Slash/Mulch Site – 1400 Caprice Dr., Castle Rock – Open Saturdays until 5p.m. through October 29, 2019.

The Town of Castle Rock does not endorse any organization or service named in this list.

List compiled by the Town of Castle Rock–Zoning Division

Visit the Plum Creek Garden Market!

Plum Creek Garden Market returns to Castle Rock for its 6th season!

Plum Creek Garden Market will open its gates this year on April 27, 2019 weather permitting.  This will be our second year at our new location next to Medved on the east Frontage Road.  We offer locally grown, high quality bedding plants, annuals, perennials, vegetables, hanging baskets, patio pots, and flats. Come and see our unique and well cared for plants!