water and land use planning

The purpose of this report is to synthesize and document barriers, challenges, enabling conditions, resource needs, and priorities for adopting integrated water and land use planning solutions in Colorado communities. The overarching goal is to help inform future water and land use integration efforts throughout the state. In 2020, WaterNow Alliance and Western Resource Advocates conducted 24 informational interviews with water utility staff, land use planners, and elected officials in nine Colorado communities. The results of these interviews indicate that many communities have already taken – or are planning to take – some action to integrate their water and land use planning. However, a number of barriers are holding them back from taking more action, including staff capacity and knowledge, codes and regulatory hurdles, and competing priorities. Through these interviews, a number of recommended future actions were identified, including: initial steps communities can take when they are unclear where they should start, identifying existing programs that communities can utilize, and state-level policy actions that should be prioritized.

Published: 2021

Publication Category: Healthy Rivers & Lakes

States: Colorado