July 18, 2019

SB 14-017: Limiting Approval of Real Estate Developments that Use Agricultural Water Rights to Irrigate Lawns

On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, Sen. Ellen Roberts introduced SB 14-017 – Concerning a Limitation on the Approval of Real Estate Developments that Use Water Rights Decreed for Agricultural Purposes to Irrigate Lawn Grass. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill prohibits a local government from approving an application for a development permit unless the local government has adopted an enforceable resolution or ordinance that limits, as a prerequisite for approval of the development permit, the amount of irrigated grass on residential lots in the development to no more than 15 percent of the total aggregate area of all residential lots in the development. “Irrigated” means supplied with water for lawn grass and does not include the use of raw water for irrigation. The 15 percent limit applies only if any part of the water supply for the development is changed from agricultural irrigation purposes to municipal or domestic use on or after Jan. 1, 2016. Assigned to the Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Committee.