How can this happen? I've been searching for just the right floor plan, on acreage zoned for horses, and within commuting distance to Colorado Springs. Eureka, I found it! All was perfect until I researched the well permit for the land. Household only.
When looking for equestrian property in Colorado Springs, you better make sure your Realtor has knowledge of well permits and does the homework on the permit attached to the land. Finding just the right home but without the right permit can mean disaster.
There are multiple types of permits issued by the State Engineer's Office here in Colorado, but the two most common are the Household and Domestic/ Livestock. Household is just that. No lawn watering, no livestock, and no water features. It is for interior use only and has a cap of 15 gallons per minute or less of water flow. If the property is zoned for livestock you do have an option to have water trucked in and held in a cistern but check with the state engineer before building and most importantly consider resale value on the land.
The next permit is Domestic which allows up to 1 acre or less for lawn and gardening as well as livestock. The domestic permit falls under exempt wells which means the owner does not have to have an augmentation plan established. The permit is given to tracts of land 35 acres or more, or in certain areas of the state where the surface-drainage system is not over-appropriated.
Although the home was just perfect in every way, the limits on lifestyle and resale potential was enough to keep my Buyers searching. Researching the well permit is just another crucial piece of data to provide my clients so they can make an educated decision on purchasing property. Make sure your Colorado Springs Realtor is knowledgable on well permits when searching for your next equestrian property.