Titan Field Project
Project Status: Colorado Rush/Titan Project
Prepared by: Glenn McWilliams, Chairman of the Board (303) 518-2353
Following is a brief description of the status and progress relative to our planned new permanent home for the Colorado Rush Soccer Club. Because the situation continues to be somewhat fluid, please feel free to contact me with questions, comments or to delve deeper into specific details.
Along with some good news and some bad news, there is an encouraging outlook as we take more concrete steps. As we generate more solid plans, we will be able to communicate projected costs and more precise dates and deadlines. Your patience is appreciated since the process is challenging and slower than we all wish it would be.
You may recall that the facility is planned to include several full-size soccer fields, some indoor turf and hard court surfaced fields, a players’ clubhouse, weight and fitness rooms, office, educational and conference room space for the Colorado Rush, dorms, the Rush retail store, an office for Rush Travel, as well as the international headquarters for Rush Soccer. The idea of a permanent home for the club is exciting and promising for the sport on many levels.
So, what is the hold-up?
Evolution of the Deal:
- 2004: 53 Acres of Land Purchased at SWC of Titan and Roxborough Roads.
- 2006: Built Senior Shed as first concrete step toward realization of the project.
- 2007: Planning of Titan location thwarted by Neighbors & County Planning Regulations.
- 2007: The Rush enters into informal discussions with Sterling Ranch.
- 2008: Concept of “Land Swap” with Sterling Ranch introduced, verbally agreed.
- 2009: Re-Zoning requested by Sterling Ranch, Rush and other parties.
- 2010: Design and formal application for Re-Zoning pursued by Sterling Ranch and Rush.
- 2011: Re-Zoning approved by Douglas County Commissioners, May, 2011.
- 2011: Neighbors file lawsuit challenging validity of Re-Zoning approval, June, 2011.
- 2011: Concerns raised when Sterling Ranch decided to bring in an outside developer from whom they proposed we lease our facility rather than own it.
- 2012: Lawsuit by neighbors continues to restrict physical progress at Sterling Ranch.
- 2012: Rush Board and Sterling Ranch work on terms to reinstate “Land Swap” concept.
- 2012: Sterling Ranch requesting proposals from Sports Village Developers.
- Neighbor Lawsuit – In process since approval of re-zoning. Resolution date unknown.
- Tourist Tax – A tax increment financing application, still in process.
- Selection Process – for a Sports Village Master Developer/Operator.
- Infrastructure – Planning, design and installation – slowed due to lawsuit.
- Selection of Other Sports Village Partners – Sterling Ranch still investigating and deciding.
Until the above processes are completed, development of the Sterling Ranch Sports Village, and the Colorado Rush facility will be delayed.
Progress! Despite Challenging Situations:
- Ownership – the Rush Board has been negotiating with Sterling Ranch to successfully direct talks back to “ownership” rather than leasing our facility, including reinstatement of the important “land swap”.
- Contingency Planning – in order to exert more control over our destiny, and to acknowledge the outside chance a deal with Sterling Ranch might not come together, we are actively exploring alternative locations.
- Cost Reductions – the Rush Board has identified elements of our facility we might share with other Sports Village stakeholders in order to save costs and expedite construction.
- Location Change – A creative solution regarding the location of the Rush facility within the Sports Village will maximize our ability to create Tim Schulz’s vision for Rush while allowing us freedom and control to pursue our build-out in a timeline that works for us.
05.11.11 9:28pm Yes indeed, the vote Passes!!!! Rush Soccer and Sterling Ranch have been granted rezoning!
Rush, who owns 53 acres in what is labeled as the Chatfield Basin, went in as joint applicants with Sterling Ranch, a family owned LLC that owns of approximately 3,200 acres just south of the Chatfield reservoir. Sterling is the main player behind getting today’s Douglas County Board of County Commissioners 2-1 vote in favor of rezoning.
What does this mean for Rush? We begin immediately to make plans for creating a state of the art soccer complex. Rush bought this land in February of 2004 and after many years of meetings, submittals, political strategies, we are ready for the actual development phase. This was a huge step for Rush Soccer.
Pictured from left to right: Glenn McWilliams (Rush Chairman of the Board), Jack Hoagland (Owner, Sterling Ranch), Neil Duncan (Director of Business Development, Rush Soccer.)
The three Douglas County Board of County Commissioners met for the final time yesterday, Thursday, May 5th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm to review the rezoning of 53 acre parcel along with a couple thousand additional acres located just south of Chatfield reservoir. Sterling Ranch is applying on behalf of The Rush and both parties have working on this massive project since as early as 2004.
The meeting was dominated by questions from the Commissioners to the applicant. Most questions were very specific in nature and many seemed to focus on the design of the community and not the primary issues of water and traffic. Once questions were complete the Douglas County staff, comprised of engineers and other experts that work for the county, were given their opportunity to weigh in. After reading off the list of requirements that the planned project must meet prior to approval, the Douglas County Staff could find no reason for the Commissioners to deny the application assuming that the appeal to the water standards is granted.
If the area, known as the Chatfield basin, gets rezoned, the Rush will begin plans immediately for construction of a soccer complex. First phase would be to construct a couple of artificial turf fields in addition to a storage unit. “We need a place that we can call our own,” says Technical Director, Erik Bushey. “If we are to eventually compete with the top clubs around the world, we must look to our European neighbors who own state of the art facilities. This is a big step for us.”
The meeting will reconvene on Wednesday May 11 at 2:30pm where a final vote is expected to take place.
(04.13.11) Rush Membership: Help show our support of the rezoning of our land in Douglas County! Last night was a great start for the Sterling Ranch and Rush Soccer. Rush Soccer in conjunction with Sterling Ranch, a local land developer, presented their rezoning request with flying colors. Last nights meeting along with the next three dates; April 13th, April 19th and April 26th, will be the final step in deciding the rezoning of the Chatfield Basin, approximately 3,000 acres including our 53 acres located on the South West corner of Titan and Roxborough Rd. If Douglas county Commissioners pass the rezoning, Rush Soccer can start planning construction of a soccer complex. “We have been working with Douglas County for over six years. It is very exciting to see the final process is coming to an end,” Erik Bushey, Technical Director of Colorado Rush states.
How can you help?,,,just show up at the Douglas County Commissioners building and voice your concern or just show up in Rush colors! This is a public process and the more people that show that they are a proponent, the better. Commissioners Office 100 Third St. Castle Rock, CO 80104. (Take I-25 South to exit 182 - Wilcox St./Wolfensberger Rd., Turn Left at Wilcox St, Turn Right at 3rd Street. The Commissioners Building will be on your left). The meetings start at 6:30 each night.
Interested in speaking but not sure what to talk about? Click here for some suggestions.
(03.09.11) Rush Membership,
I wanted to keep you up to date with the rezoning of the Titan property regrading rezoning and the Sterling Ranch Board of County Commissioners hearings. The first Public Hearing is scheduled for March 15 at 2:30 p.m. At this meeting, the Board will continue the Sterling Ranch Public Hearing to April 4, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. April 4th will be the date in which individuals can sign up for public comment. We are looking for forty members of the Rush to speak on Sterling Ranch’s behalf. (35 to speak as Douglas County citizens supporting the project’s economic impact, conservation, parks, etc… and the other 5 to speak on behalf of Rush Soccer).
I have attached a few talking points that I would like to share with those interested in participating on April 4th. I would also encourage you to visit the Sterling Ranch website for more information. http://sterlingranchcolorado.com/
Thank you so much for all you have done to support this project.
Rush Membership, allow me to give you some back ground on a vision we, the Rush, had established 18 years ago. The vision was to create a soccer complex that the Rush could own and operate.
-In 1992, the Rush Board of Directors motioned to charge each member of the Rush $5.00 per child per year earmarked for field development.
-In 2004, the Rush purchased 53 acres on the corner of Titan and Roxborough.
-In 2007, the Rush partnered with a Land Developer Sterling Ranch. Sterling Ranch owns around 3,000 acres in an around our property. The area is called the Chatfield Basin.
This past three years, Sterling Ranch has been working with Douglas County to rezone the Chatfield basin. The decision to accept or reject the rezoning plan will be made by three County Commissioners at the end of January.
One of the areas the County Commissioner will base their decision on is the public’s opinion and input. Here is where the Rush come in to play. We need letters and emails sent to the County Commissioners…lots of them. I am asking you to write a letter to express your interest in favor of the rezoning. I have attached sample letters. We need to get aggressive and we need to be tenacious. We need hundreds and hundred of letters streaming into the commissioners. Please, let’s see our vision that we established 18 years ago take one more step towards reality.
Send to one of the following County Commissioners (you make pick one or all three) Jack Hilbert, Steve Boand, Jill Repella.
Douglas County Board of County Commissioners
100 Third St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Attached below are template letters that can be used to get started.
- Key Talking Points
- Douglas County Residents
- Generic Letter to Commissioners
- Sterling Ranch Letter - Density
- Stock letter #1
- Stock letter #2
This is where the loud voice is heard and democracy is applied. We have rights and we need to exercise them to the fullest. Thank you.
President & C.E.O.
8101 S. Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO 80127
work: 303-986-5200 ext. 128
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors for supporting the Titan Project, and now we ask our membership to support our Sponsors.
Colorado Rush Families –
The fourth (and likely final) night of the Planning Commission meeting regarding the Sterling Ranch project has been continued to this Wednesday, November 3rd at 6:30 pm. While the process is, for the most part, moving forward as anticipated, the second night of public comment (Monday) saw a predominance of negative remarks, including some mis-information about the Colorado Rush Soccer Club. The public comment period is expected to close Wednesday evening. A strong showing in the audience by Rush players and families, while these misconceptions are cleared up, will go a long way toward helping this project get past this critical step in the Douglas County approval process.
This is a call to action! Please rally your teams to attend at least the first part of the meeting this Wednesday. There is usually a break just before 8:00 pm – which would be a perfect time for players and families to leave to take care of homework and other school-night activities. Please wear Rush uniforms and rush logo gear. No speaking is necessary – we are simply looking to make a statement with our powerful showing of Rush blue pride and support.
10.30 Rush Membership, We want to thank all of you for the support you provided regarding Titan Sports Park/Sterling Ranch project. The planning commission has scheduled an extension to continue to listen to public comments this Monday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 at: Commissioners Office 100 Third St. Castle Rock, CO 80104 At this time we are not requesting attendance, but this is more of an update on the progress and activity. I have provided a more detailed explanation of the history and future of our land here.
Thank you. Tim Schulz, President & C.E.O., Rush Soccer.
10.29.10 - Membership interested in attending the Planning Commission meeting November 1, 2011 at 6:30 at (click here for map):
100 Third St. Castle Rock, CO 80104
Here is a bit of history on the process:
For each agenda item:
On October 25th and 26th, the Planning Commission had met and covered three (3) agenda items to hear prior to the Sterling Ranch Re-zone request. The lead planning staffer has allowed public comment to continue November 1, 2011. There is no expectation that any of you speak. Your attendance is requested more to show support in numbers – however, you certainly may speak if you wish.
The Planning Staff has recommended in their staff report to the Planning Commission that the re-zoning be approved, but with several significant conditions. So, approval is not automatic. There is vehement opposition on growth, and just because the staff have come up with conditions they would like to see met, does not mean that the Applicant is willing to meet them. Also, the Planning Commission may desire to add their own conditions or change those proposed by the staff.
So, having support from The Rush is important to the developer of Sterling Ranch. The developer has pursued the project in an extremely professional and conscientious manner. They have been open-minded and conscientiously responsive to the issues of wildlife, open space, water conservation, etc. The 3,400 acre project is indeed development and it absolutely will bring change to the area. It will bring suburban and urban development to an area that has long been agriculture and unused land. But it is the appropriate place for this type of growth. It has been envisioned as a new urban area for quite some time. And, responsibly planned, as it is, with 37% of the land being set aside as dedicated open space, this is a development worthy of our support.
The Sports Village where Rush will continue to have discussion in creating a home-base of operations, a clubhouse, an indoor facility and several terrific grass and turf fields is on the northeast portion of the project and should be one of the first sub-areas within the development to receive infrastructure and approval to proceed. Please take a look at the site plans below.
Letter to Rush Membership
October 22, 2010
Dear Rush Family,
As you may know, we have been working hard for many years to realize the dream of moving the Rush to a permanent home that reflects the values and worth of our organization. We believe we’ve found the place where that dream can become reality. Sterling Ranch is a new development in the Chatfield basin that will feature new homes, new retail, new schools, and a new state of the art sports village that could be our future home. Sterling Ranch has two procedural hurdles to clear. First, the Douglas County Planning Commission will review a re-zoning application on October 25th and 26th at 7:00PM, after which, they will make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. Second, the Board of County Commissioners will review the recommendations from the Planning Commission and either approve or deny the re-zoning application. If the Douglas County Commissioners approve the application, we will be one very important step closer to realizing the vision of Rush Soccer.
This is a public process. The success or failure of the project could depend on the level of support it receives. If you share our vision and want to help us make it a reality, please attend the meeting and voice your support, you can make an impact.
100 Third St. Castle Rock, CO 80104
If you plan on coming, wear something with Rush! Thank you for your continued support of Rush Soccer,
Tim Schulz, President & CEO Rush Soccer Club