Pilot October 23rd Water and Land Use Planning Session (Durango, CO)

The pressures of reduced water supplies intersecting with increased population and the need for adequate housing are prompting a more urgent look at the water and land use planning connection. To these ends there will be a pilot water and land use planning work session for land use planners, water utility personnel, local government officials, and other interested parties on October 23rd from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the La Plata County Administration Building (1101 East 2nd Avenue in Durango).

The session, sponsored by the American Planners Association—Colorado Chapter, La Plata County, and the Water Information Program, qualifies for 4 CM credits for planners (.75 legal). The cost is $35 or $50 for those seeking credits. Topics include: American West and Colorado water realities and issues, water and land use planning overview, Colorado land use regulations, and land use planning tools and techniques. The session is being taught by industry experts Drew Beckwith and Barbara Green. Mr. Beckwith is the Water Policy Manager for Western Resource Advocates and Ms. Green is a founding partner in the law firm Sullivan, Green & Seavy, LLC. Drew works closely with water providers, state and local governments, and partner organizations to integrate water efficiency into land use planning. Barbara represents clients in matters involving water and land use planning and development and has prepared numerous land use regulations for local governments, including the Model Land Use Code for Colorado's Small to Medium Sized Counties. For more information and to register contact the Water Information Program at (970) 247-1302 or visit their website at www.waterinfo.org.