Castle Rock resident leads effort to keep town from growing too fast

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- A resident is working to keep Castle Rock from expanding too much, too fast.

Bill Placke moved to Castle Rock shortly after working on the Mitt Romney presidential transition team in 2012.

“It’s a great place to be. People want to be here,” he said.

About 60,000 people call Castle Rock home, a huge increase from the 8,400 people who lived there in 1990.  Placke said rapid growth is a double-edged sword.

“The double-edged sword is the infrastructure doesn’t keep up with the pace of development such that you end up creating bottlenecks, traffic, quality of life goes down,” he said while showing areas where homes are being built.

That's why he's leading a measure that would require voters to approve any annexation of more than five acres. Placke has to collect 4,000 signatures to force a special election in the spring.

The Castle Rock City Council declined to comment on the issue, and the town manager was not available.

“I’m frustrated that they’re not listening to the people,” Placke said.

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