Curry-sponsored bill requires developers to prove adequate water supply before approval of projects
DENVER, Colorado ” Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, that would give local governments an opportunity to determine whether proposed developments of 50 or more single-family homes have adequate water supplies.
House Bill 1141, which was drafted by Kathleen Curry, requires developers to demonstrate to local governments, especially municipalities, that the water supply for their proposed development application would be sufficient and stable.
Any decision about whether to accept the developers’ water plan for a proposed development would be up to the local government, Curry said.
“There is no excuse for developers to build new subdivisions where there is not enough water,” Curry said in a prepared statement. “I’m glad we’re giving local authorities the tools they need to protect their communities and make responsible decisions. After all, homeowners deserve to know that when they turn on their taps, water will come out now and in the future.”
To help local officials make a determination about a proposed development’s water supply, developers would have to submit a report that documents the proposed project’s water demands and supplies.
Information in the reports would have to include an estimate of water demands the development would have when it is built out, a description of the water supply that will serve the project and any water conservation efforts that may be implemented.
Those reports would have to be drafted by a professional engineer or a water supply expert, according to text of the legislation.
If a proposed development will be served by a local water provider, local governments may allow developers to submit a letter ” which would also be prepared by a professional engineer or water supply expert ” stating “the water supply entity’s commitment and ability to provide an adequate water supply for the proposed development.”
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