Incorporating Water into Comprehensive Planning

February 2020

By: Erin Rugland, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
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Table of Contents

Comprehensive Planning

This guide provides recommendations to help cities and counties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming develop water elements for their local comprehensive plans. Individual sections address comprehensive planning requirements in Colorado River Basin states, the role of the water element, an overview of the planning process, and potential policy recommendations.

Integrated Water Resource Management

This guide provides insight on how land use planners can create comprehensive plans that ensure there is enough water for all residents of the Colorado River Basin. It describes steps planners can take to incorporate water into comprehensive plans, such as coordinating a land and water planning team, understanding water resources, planning goals and metrics to create water and land integration, and ensure that the water-related goals are implemented.