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, Larimer County, and the City of Fort Collins 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: Tuesday, June 14, 2016; 8:00am – 1:00pm

Where: City of Ft. Collins Utilities Office; 700 Wood St, Ft. Collins


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

                   « Scott Hummer, General Manager, North Poudre Irrigation Company

9:00 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.
9:45 a.m.   Break

10:00 a.m. County and City Planning Procedures for Building and Permitting Involving
Irrigation Canals and Structures

                    « Rob Helmick, Senior Planner, Larimer County Community Development Division

« Ted Shepard, Chief Planner, City of Fort Collins

 11:00 a.m. Wearing Two Hats: Shareholder and Board Member

                    « Mike Calhoon, Director of Parks, City of Ft. Collins

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 the City of Fort Collins & DARCA

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