By 2040, Colorado is projected to experience an approximately 70 percent increase in population and with it an assumed substantial increase in demand for water by municipalities and industry.
In the semi-arid climate of the West with limited water supplies, this increase in demand will result in a well-known and pressing water-supply gap and problem for the future of Colorado. The Colorado Water and Growth Dialogue explored whether, and if so to what degree, the integration of water and land use planning can be utilized to reduce water demand from the development and re-development associated with the projected population increase.
The Water and Growth Dialogue provides data and information to land planners, water planners, policy makers, development interests, and others interested in the potential impact of integrating land and water planning. The topics of density and landscaping and their effects on reducing water demand are important considerations for communities to examine as they plan for impending growth. Of course, land planners and policy makers need to think about many other factors in their planning. One of the goals of the dialogue is to provide planners with the right information so that they can consider water, along with all other factors, as they plan for the development and redevelopment associated with new growth.
To this end, the effort brought together the following products for planners and others to utilize in their decision making: