Colorado New Housing Water Use (2010)

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Colorado New Housing Water Use did not appear on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure proposed imposing limitations on water available for new residential housing growth.[1]

Constitutional changes

If approved by voters, the proposed initiative would have amended Article XVI of the Colorado Constitution with the addition of a new section - Section 9.[2]

Text of Section 9

Limitation on water available for new residential housing growth.

(1) The amount of water available annually for newly constructed privately owned residential housing units for the city and county or county of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld shall not exceed one percent of the total water used for privately owned residential purposes annually averaged over the previous ten years in such city and county or county. Each local government and any part of such, whether statutory or home rule, shall allot building permits so that housing growth does not exceed the limitation on water use cumulatively for such county in a calendar year. Such allotments shall be declared by January 31st of a calendar year and shall not be exceeded. Unused allotments may be sold during such year to other local governments and shall be valid for one year from sale. These limitations shall commence for at least five years sequentially beginning for 2011 and shall not subject to Subsection (5) until 2016.

(2) Water use controlled by the type of housing, that is, housing without lawns, or with a dry-land vegetation covenant, or other valid basis, may be cause for additional permits but shall not exceed projected water use or such local government shall lose equivalent permits for the following year.

(3) A ten percent increase in the allowed water allotment, pending availability, shall be available to a local government when at least thirty percent of the housing growth is affordable and affordable senior housing as defined by the general assembly.

(4) Water supply entities shall retain all records of current water use and annual increases for each local government or any part of such within a particular county and shall make such available for public view by internet in affected city and county or county.

(5) The water limitations as described in this section shall be subject to initiative and referendum in all Colorado city and counties and counties.

(6) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) “Housing growth” means that which occurs in a particular calendar year measured in the total number of housing units above that for the previous year.
(b) “Housing unit” means a building or any portion of a building designed for occupancy as complete, independent living quarters for one or more persons, having direct access from the outside of the building or through a common hall and having living, sleeping, kitchen and sanitary facilities for the exclusive use of the occupants. A detached home has one dwelling unit whereas an apartment building with eighty apartments has eighty dwelling units.
(c) “Local county” means that part of a county most generally known as the unincorporated or statutory county but may be home rule when a charter is adopted. Local county is a local government with a distinct zoning jurisdiction which does not include a city, town, or city and county.
(d) “Local government” means a city, town, city and county, or local county, whether statutory or home rule.
(e) “Privately owned residential housing” means a summation of housing units which are residentially zoned or otherwise intended for private residential use. Those owned by a federal, state or local government entity, or an educational or medical facility are excluded.
(f) “Water supply entity” means a municipality, county, special district, water conservancy district, water conservation district, or other public or private water supply company with the legal authority to supply, distribute, or otherwise provide water at retail to domestic, commercial, industrial, irrigation, or public facility customers.

Path to the ballot

See also: Colorado signature requirements

In order to qualify the proposed measure for the 2010 ballot a minimum of 76,047 valid signatures were required. The signature filing deadline for the 2010 ballot in Colorado for initiated constitutional amendments was August 2, 2010.[3] However, as of petition deadline day no signatures were filed.

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External links


  1. Colorado Legislature,"Initiative review memorandum," January 25, 2010
  2. Colorado Legislature,"Initiative text," retrieved March 31, 2010
  3. Prior to the enactment of Colorado House Bill 1326 (2009), the signature deadline for initiated statutes and initiated amendments was the same--3 months before the election.