On Thursday, February 13, 2014, Sen. Mary Hodge introduced SB 14-145 – Concerning Incentives for the Conservation of Water. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.
The bill requires certain local governments to consider whether tap fees should be reduced if a developer commits to the implementation of water efficiency and conservation measures with regard to irrigated landscapes, including open space and residential lawns, within the subdivision. The bill applies to counties and cities differently. The bill also applies to special districts that supply water. The bill also prohibits county and municipal subdivision regulations from mandating a minimum percentage of a subdivision that must consist of irrigated vegetation or requiring the irrigation of medians.
The bill directs the Colorado water conservation board, in its awards of incentive grants for the design and implementation of water efficiency and conservation measures, to give priority to public agencies that require new subdivisions to implement water efficiency and conservation measures with regard to irrigated landscapes, including open space and residential lawns.
The bill has been assigned to the Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Committee.