Water-Smart Development Regulations

Zoning Practice — September 2015

By Elizabeth Garvin, AICP


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This article explores how communities can better address the use of water through local regulations. It briefly explores how water use can be influenced by pricing and then looks at the range of regulations, particularly in the areas of lot design and landscaping, available at the local level to encourage and require water conservation.


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Sept. 1, 2015
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About the Author

Elizabeth Garvin, AICP
Elizabeth Garvin Esq., AICP, is a planner, attorney, and the founding principal of Community ReCode. She has prepared traditional and FBC/hybrid zoning codes for cities and counties across the country, drafted topic-specific code provisions addressing sustainability and water-conserving redevelopment, and lately spends a substantial portion of her time bringing sign codes into compliance. Prior to founding Community ReCode, Elizabeth was the planning director for a corporate consulting practice, practiced law, and worked as a senior staff member at a well-regarded boutique planning firm. Ms. Garvin serves as an advisory board member for the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and is a frequent speaker and author on planning and regulatory topics, including authoring the RMLUI Legal Corner for The Western Planner.