Division 3 Landscaping Code Amendments
The City of Thornton is in the process of amending Article V Division 3
of the Development Code to add landscaping requirements which address water
efficiency standards for new residential and non-residential developments. The
proposed requirements have been drafted in an effort to achieve a 50% reduction
in water usage for the applicable developments.
The proposed regulations would specifically address new single family
residential front yard and common area landscaping, new multi-family
residential common area landscaping, and new non-residential common area
landscaping. Within these landscape areas, the proposed regulations focus on
the reduction of turf and the use of high efficiency irrigation systems. While
the proposed regulations create prescribed methods of meeting the desired water
savings, the City intends to allow deviations from these methods if similar
water savings can be achieved.