Snow Removal

With winter in full force and more snow on the horizon, below, you'll find detailed information related to the snow removal in Sterling Ranch and how it affects our residents.

Snow removal is a joint effort. Douglas County handles the public roadways throughout the community. The Community Authority Board (CAB) removes snow in common areas, trails, shared drives, and alley areas. Homeowners are responsible for snow removal from their sidewalks and driveways.


Snow removal is handled by priority when the accumulation reaches 2 inches.

  • Priority 1- The Overlook Clubhouse, CAB offices parking lots. 
  • Priority 2- Shared Drives, Alleys, and Mail Kiosks
  • Priority 3- Peripheral sidewalks, parks, and areas with streets but no homes.

Ice melt/sand will be applied throughout the community in areas as needed for resident safety.

Public sidewalks, Mail Kiosks

If the snow event does not reach the 2-inch threshold for priority removal, snow accumulation that reaches 1 inch will be removed from Priority 3 areas and Mail Kiosks within 24 hours after the snow event.

Regional Trail

Snow removal will be triggered when accumulations reach 4 inches

Shared Drives, Alley Areas, Select Townhomes

(The CAB manages snow removal performed in the shared drives and alleys, which are services that directly benefit homeowners in these spaces). Areas include:

Shared Drives – Providence Village and Ascent Village (Lennar Elements)

Alley – Ascent Village (Tri Pointe), Providence Village (Brookfield), and Prospect Village (Meritage, Taylor Morison)

Townhome – Ascent Village (Tri Pointe) and Prospect Village (DreamFinder)                    *DreamFinder Townhomes in Ascent Village will be serviced through their HOA, not CAB

To best serve these areas:

  • Trucks will use rubber blades in all shared driveway areas.
  • Snow will be pushed to curb stops or pulled from drives when possible.  Crews will use shovels to move snow over the curb stop when possible in an effort to keep the front entryways clear.
  • Snow markers are installed in alleys and shared drives to create the broadest possible passing lanes.
  • Snow Hauling from shared driveway cutouts will occur on a case-by-case basis depending upon the amount of snow that is piled.

When a snowstorm is predicted, please help make snow plowing easier by:

  • Not parking in backout areas at the end of the driveways. The backout areas are designated as NO parking areas.
  • Removing vehicles from shared driveways, alleys, and motor courts. Storing extended downspouts in the upright position.


Douglas County is responsible for snow removal on all public roads. Douglas County clears all roadways according to priority until conditions are safe for travel. Cul-de-sacs and some local streets may not be plowed if accumulations are minor, and snow is expected to melt over the following 24 hours. Exceptions are made if the roads have hills or curves that may become icy and hazardous to traffic.

Subdivision streets are not plowed if parked vehicles or other obstructions interfere with the safe and continuous operation of snow removal equipment. When a snowstorm is in the forecast, residents are advised to move vehicles off the street if a snowstorm is forecast to allow safe access by snowplows.


Snow and ice on sidewalks create a dangerous situation for all ages, especially for children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities who are more susceptible to injury. For these reasons, Douglas County Ordinance O-007-003 requires property owners in unincorporated Douglas County to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after it stops snowing.

Snow Placement

Place all snow removed from sidewalks and driveways on your adjacent landscaped areas. This practice benefits the vegetation, reduces the amount of runoff, and helps manage the amount of snow and ice in the street.

Please do not place snow in the street. Doing so results in larger snow wind-rows in front of your home, created by snowplows. Additionally, piles of snow in the gutter area interfere with drainage and result in buildups of ice in the gutter and on the sidewalk.

Vehicle Placement

When a snowstorm is predicted, be sure to remove your vehicle from the streets. Automobiles and other vehicles left parked on County streets and roads during a winter storm make it difficult for snowplows to remove snow and ice.



If you have a question or concern regarding snow removal in the community, please contact the Resident Resource Center by filling out the Maintenance Request Form or contacting the office directly at 720-661-9694.


If you have trouble shoveling your sidewalks and driveways, we like to offer our Sterling Ranch Snow Angels' help! If you are in need of help shoveling, please email Kelsey at with your name and address.


We are always looking for volunteers who can be called upon to help residents who cannot shovel their sidewalks and driveways after a snowstorm. If you'd like to become a Snow Angel, please click HERE to volunteer.

Questions or concerns?

If you have a question or concern regarding snow removal in the community, please contact the Resident Resource Center by filling out the Maintenance Request Form or contacting the office directly at 720-661-9694.