The Colorado General Assembly concluded its 2013 session on Wednesday after approving several pieces of legislation that impact community associations. We have covered the legislation from start to finish and will continue to provide updates on key legislation, such as the new manager licensure law, as it moves through rule-making and implementation. For now, association boards should add the following action items to their upcoming meeting agendas:

Revise architectural guidelines to remove requirements that owners install turf grass. SB 183, which was signed into law today by Governor Hickenlooper, takes effect immediately and applies to all new landscaping and replacement or redesign of existing landscaping. With water restrictions in effect along the Front Range, associations should prepare to receive landscaping plans that eliminate turf grass. The Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University’s Extension Services offer classes and resources on xeriscaping.

Adopt a policy concerning the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. SB 126 also takes effect immediately and applies most directly to townhomes and condominium associations.

Revise the association’s collection policy to comply with the requirements of HB 1276. This law does not take effect until January 1, 2014, but it’s not too soon to incorporate a six-month payment plan option for owners, the required board authorization for each individual foreclosure, and the other statutory mandates into your association’s policy.

Register with the Division of Real Estate’s HOA Information Office and Resource Center. HB 1134, which takes effect August 7, 2013, extends the registration requirement to common interest communities formed before July 1, 1992. If your association is already registered, then check this one off the list!