Integrating Water & Land Use Planning

As Colorado grows, land-use planning and water planning will become more closely connected. The manner in which Colorado develops into the future will have a strong influence on Colorado’s future water supply gap, and vice versa.  One objective of Colorado’s Water Plan is that by 2025, 75 percent of Coloradans will live in communities that have incorporated water-saving actions into land-use planning. Ten communities have completed land-use and water trainings through the LULA process, and in order to reach the 75 percent population objective, a total of 80 communities and water providers will need to have participated in similar trainings by 2025. The trainings will support approximately 80 water providers and communities statewide to incorporate land-use practices into their water conservation plans. To facilitate the use of local land-use tools to reduce water demands for municipalities and urbanization of agricultural lands, the State will work with partners to pursue the following actions.

  1. Encourage the use of local development tools
  2. Examine barriers in state law for implementing the above local development tools
  3. Incorporation of land-use practices into water conservation plans
  4. Strengthen partnerships
  5. Funding

Learn more in Chapter 6.3.3 of Colorado's Water Plan.

NEW! Land Use and Water Planning Story Map. This Story Map is about the nexus of land use planning and water management in Colorado. It gives an overview of the land use and water planning section in Colorado's Water Plan and contains updates since the plan was published in November 2015.

IMPLEMENTATION

Breaking Down Silos: Integrating Water into Land Use Planning

Webinar Series

The Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Pace University Land Use Law Center, and the Department of Local Affairs' Community Development Office hosted a series of webinars targeted at Colorado water providers and local government planner​s. 

Presentations

Integrating Water into Land Use Planning: Setting the Stage - Sept. 13

Integrating Water Efficiency into Comprehensive Planning - October 4

Integrating Water Efficiency into the Zoning Code - November 1

Addressing Water Efficiency in Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) - April 11

Integrating Outdoor Water Use and Landscape Requirements into Codes & Plans - April 18

Webinars:

Integrating Water into Land Use Planning: Setting the Stage

Integrating Water Efficiency into Comprehensive Planning

Integrating Water Efficiency into the Zoning Code

Addressing Water Efficiency in Planned Unit Developments

 

Integrating Outdoor Water Use and Landscape Requirements into Codes & Plans

 

 

 

Train-the-Trainer Workshop

The Train-the-Trainer Workshop was held on October 24 from 1pm-5pm at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort at 3224 Broadmoor Valley Road in Colorado Springs. There were 35 participants. This was a free workshop at the American Planning Association Colorado State Conference. It was designed for local government planners and water providers who want to be trained to provide educational workshops in their community and/or region to explore issues of water and land use planning and how to develop effective plans and implementation strategies for water conservation. Participants were guided through three training modules and learned how to conduct educational workshops for local government leaders in their region. The modules will help trainers enhance communication and provide specific land use techniques regarding water efficiency and land use.