Water Dedication Updates
The Board of Trustees approved an ordinance on Wednesday night to amend sections of the Firestone Municipal Code regarding the Town’s single-family residential water dedication requirement. This change allows for the water dedication to better align with the lot sizes; smaller lot sizes require less water than a dwelling unit on a larger lot.
In another action on Wednesday night, the Board of Trustees adopted a Native Water Dedication Policy to guide the Board in its ability to enter into agreements with land use applicants to accept water rights other than C-BT units, which can be extremely expensive for developers to purchase. The primary source of these other water rights will be “Native Water” which were appropriated and historically diverted from the South Platte and its tributaries (particularly Boulder Creek and St. Vrain Creek) and were primarily used for irrigation. These often include water rights associated with certain shares of stock in mutual ditch and reservoir companies.
Both of these actions align with the 2020-2050 Water Action Plan that was adopted in March of 2020 by the Board of Trustees. The Water Action Plan will help assure the Town of Firestone is on a path to water independence and help diversify its water portfolio, and also open the doors for growth in the community.