Pilot Water and Land Use Planning Session a Success

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 the Water Information Program, in conjunction with the American Planners Association—Colorado Chapter and La Plata County, conducted their first water and land use planning work session on October 23rd in Durango. The session was a success and attracted approximately 35 attendees, most of whom were land use planners, water utility personnel, and local government officials. This was a half day session that qualified for 4 CM credits for planners (.75 legal). Topics included the 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 was 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. We hope to provide similar sessions throughout the basin on an annual basis. If interested, contact [email protected].