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Castle Rock neighbors at odds with church plans; fear retaining wall will tower over homes

Town council approved site development plans
Posted: 9:51 PM, Jul 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-03 05:59:21Z

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Residents say it's the best view in Castle Rock, that's why they bought homes overlooking the town's unique rock formation, but they fear new development could obstruct those views.

"We had no idea how large and obtrusive this thing was going to be," said Richard Weide who lives next door to the proposed site of a new church.

Weide points out the state on his property line and another stake 24 feet away that marks the spot where a retaining wall would be built.

Castle Rock Town Council approved a plan for Calvary Chapel. It includes a retaining wall that's at least 15 feet tall in some places. The church could not be reached for comment.

A spokesperson for Castle Rock said she could understand why neighbors are concerned, but the site plan went through numerous public meetings and meets city code. She also said there's no height limit or minimum setback for the wall. 

As plans move forward, residents are talking with attorneys to weigh their options. 

"I think that being a good neighbor is not pushing something down people's throats," said Jeri Brown, a nearby resident.