Pitkin County has been working to update its land use and energy codes. Commissioners will hear an update Tuesday on changes to the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP).
REMP uses fees and incentives to offset impacts of energy-intensive development like snowmelt systems. The county has found that to meet the program goals of offsetting 100 percent of excess usage, fees need to double. Along with increasing existing fees, staff is considering adding new ones, which for the first time, could include interior energy use.
Funds collected through REMP are used for energy efficiency programs and grants.
Staff is also working on incentives for reusing or recycling building materials; now, as much as 80 percent of the garbage headed to the Pitkin County Landfill is from construction and demolition waste.