Land Use Referrals
One of the statutory powers given to CCBWQA is the ability to review water quality control projects of any other entity within the watershed. Authority review of land use agency referrals ensures our special standards are implemented. For example, there are additional water quality requirements for areas specifically identified in Regulation 72 as Stream Preservation Areas. These areas include Cherry Creek Reservoir, all of Cherry Creek State Park, surface drainage and discharges to the Park within 100 feet of the Park boundary, lands overlying the Cherry Creek 100-year floodplain, and all lands within the 100-year floodplain of Cherry Creek tributaries.
In 2021, there was a significant increase in the number of land use referrals, and the land use referral data shows commercial and residential development were about equal at around 41% each; with residential showing an increase even over its historical highs in 2018 and 2019.
Land Use Reviews
* Other includes Open Spaces, Parks, Recreation Centers, Highways, Roadways, Bridges, and Utilities.
Approximate Areas of Land Disturbance (Acres)
* All acreages shown are those of the parcel, lot, or tract, are approximate, and do not represent the specific area of disturbance with in the parcel, lot, or tract. They are taken from referral submittal documents. Some referral submittals contain large tracts of land that may develop over a multi-year period.
** Other includes, Open Space, Parks, Recreation Centers, Highways, Roadways, Bridges, and Utilities.