Enhancing Communication and Reducing Uncertainty Between Local Government and Ditch Companies

This workshop addressed how ditch companies and irrigated agriculture provide benefits to local communities in many ways. A wide variety of speakers were invited to not only inform, but to solicit input from the agricultural and water communities. Representatives from local ditch companies, Fremont County, and Cañon City pointed out the importance of working more collaboratively, and discussed the needs of counties, cities, ditch companies, citizens, contractors, and developers. DARCA also presented the updated version of its DARCA Model Land Use Codes.

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016; 8:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Four Mile Community Club; East Main and Steinmeier, Cañon City


8:00 a.m.  Registration/Meet and Greet.

                  « Coffee & Pastries

8:30 a.m.  Roles of Ditch Companies/Irrigators and the Benefits to our Community

                   « John McKenzie, Executive Director, DARCA

                   « Mannie Colon, President, DARCA

9:00 a.m.  What do Ditch Companies need? What do City and County Planning Officials Need? What do Irrigators Need? What do Contractors Need?

                   « Matt Koch, Planning Director, Fremont County Department of Planning and Zoning

9:45 a.m.  Break

10:15 a.m. City Development Approval Process Involving Irrigation Canals and Ditches

                   « Adam Lancaster, PE, Stormwater Utility Director & Floodplain Admin, Cañon City

                   « Terri Bernath, City Planner, Cañon City

10:45 a.m.  Ditches in Urbanizing Areas:  an Overview of Legal and Practical Issues Regarding Protecting Ditch Infrastructure in a Changing Landscape

                    « Todd Messenger, Attorney, Fairfield and Woods P.C.

11:30 a.m. Certainty and Incentives for Ditch Companies – DARCA Model Land Use Codes

                    « John McKenzie, Executive Director, DARCA               

12:00 p.m. Lunch

                    « Provided by DARCA

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