Albemarle County Planning Commission

October 7, 2008

 

 

Consent Agenda:

 

b.      Approval of Minutes: August 28, 2007 

 

b.      Water Supply Plan

            Amend the Natural Resources and Cultural Assets and the Land Use sections of the Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan to reflect new studies and community decisions regarding needed water supply for the Urban Service Area, new state requirements for County-wide water supply planning, and County initiatives relating to drought response. (David Benish)

            (David Benish)

 

Mr. Morris asked if any Commissioner would like to pull this item from the consent agenda.

 

Mr. Edgerton pointed out that Ms. Joseph had already pulled the Water Supply Plan from the consent agenda for discussion.

 

Mr. Morris asked for action on the approval of the minutes of August 28, 2007 noting that two Commissioners would abstain.

 

Motion:  Ms. Joseph moved and Mr. Strucko seconded for approval of the consent agenda excluding the Water Supply Plan.

 

The motion passed by a vote of 4:0:2.  (Ms. Porterfield and Mr. Loach abstained.) (Mr. Cannon was absent.)

 

Mr. Morris noted that the minutes of August 28, 2007 were approved.

 

b.      Water Supply Plan

            Amend the Natural Resources and Cultural Assets and the Land Use sections of the Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan to reflect new studies and community decisions regarding needed water supply for the Urban Service Area, new state requirements for County-wide water supply planning, and County initiatives relating to drought response. (David Benish)

            (David Benish)

 

Ms. Joseph noted that she pulled this item because there were several items that she would like to discuss.  First, she asked that “safe yield” be defined because it is not clear what they are talking about. She submitted a list of typos circled in red to be incorporated in the text.  The discussion regarding water conservation and use efficiency on page four was good and would handle the future. She noted that Sally Thomas had suggested some other language be added in an email.  She asked that the University of Virginia be added on page four since they had been doing some things concerning conservation.

 

Mr. Benish noted that the University of Virginia participates in the dry response team. He incorporated Ms. Thomas’ recommendation under the water conservation section as an additional strategy that reflects a desire to promote rain water harvesting as a method to efficiently utilize water that falls to the county. 

 

Mr. Edgerton agreed with the recommended text.

 

Ms. Porterfield asked if staff put anything in about gray water since that has been used in a lot of places.

 

Mr. Benish replied that they did not.  But, again the initial intent here was not to do a comprehensive update of that section.  The goal of this amendment was primarily to update our water supply plan and water resource.  This is a useful addition.  But, there are probably a lot of other additions that they could make.  He wanted to keep the focus of this amendment to reflect our water supply plan goal.  He was open to other changes, but felt that they have to draw the line.

 

Mr. Edgerton noted that the use of gray water was a good idea, but the Health Department would get involved in the discussions.

 

Mr. Morris asked if staff saw any problem with adding the one new strategy.

 

Mr. Benish replied that he did not because it was a useful one to add.

 

Mr. Morris noted that it could be added as an additional bullet.

 

Mr. Benish noted that if the Commission could condition the approval he would make sure that the definition of safe yield was added.

 

Ms. Joseph asked that the University of Virginia be added as part of the support group.

 

Mr. Cilimberg suggested that the Commission made their recommendation to the Board of Supervisors with the additions suggested tonight.  The Board would then hold a public hearing and the public would have an opportunity to speak at that time.

 

Motion:  Mr. Edgerton moved and Ms. Porterfield seconded to recommend approval of the Water Supply Plan amendments as recommended by staff, as amended, with the following additions:

 

The motion passed by a vote of 6:0.  (Cannon absent)

 

 

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