COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

CPA 2008-01, Water Supply Planning Update

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Review and act on final draft amendments to the Natural Resources and Cultural Assets and the Land Use sections of the Comprehensive Plan to incorporate the approved community water supply plan.

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):  David Benish

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   NO

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

November 11, 2008

 

ACTION:              INFORMATION:

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X        INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   YES


 

BACKGROUND: 

The Water Resources component of the Natural Resources and Cultural Assets section of the Comprehensive Plan, which was originally adopted in 1999, contains substantial discussion regarding surface drinking water sources, watershed management planning, water conservation, and analysis of alternative water supplies.  The Utilities component of the Land Use Plan, which was originally adopted in 1996 contains information regarding the yield of existing surface drinking water sources, estimated future demand for water, and also discusses future water supply alternatives.  Since the adoption of these sections of the Comprehensive Plan, numerous studies have been completed regarding water use, yield, and demand in preparation of a water supply plan for the Urban Service Area.  In addition, significant effort has been expended to analyze and select an alternative to increase the amount of water available through a 50 year planning period – through 2055. 

 

Changes in these sections of the Comprehensive Plan are necessary 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 new County initiatives that relate to drought response.  Text amendments are also necessary to eliminate redundancies between the two sections and provide a streamlined discussion of watershed management and water supply planning.

 

The proposed text amendments were previously reviewed by the Planning Commission in a work session on July 22, 2008 and at a public hearing on September 16, 2008.  The Commission reviewed a final draft of the amendment on October 7, 2008 and recommended approval of the attached text amendment (Attachment A).  Attachment B is a version of the amendment showing all of the proposed deletions in the text from the sections of the Plan recommended for amendment.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

Changes in these sections of the Comprehensive Plan are necessary 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 new County initiatives that relate to drought response.  Text amendments are also necessary to eliminate redundancies between the two sections and provide a streamlined discussion of watershed management and water supply planning.

 

The proposed amendments to the Natural Resources and Cultural Assets component of the Comprehensive Plan are contained are summarized below: 

·         Removes detailed discussion of outdated water supply studies from the section titled “Watershed Management Planning;” transfers detailed discussion of Urban Service Area water supply to the Utilities section of the Comprehensive Plan.

 

·         Updates and simplifies the list of major watershed management planning actions taken by the County.

 

·         Identifies water conservation efforts and programs now in place.

 

·         Removes the section titled “Planning for Future Water Supply” because it refers to planned studies that have now been completed, and water supply planning is now discussed in the Utilities section.

 

·         Removes the section titled “North Fork Water Supply/Chris Greene Lake” to eliminate the redundancy in addressing Urban Service Area supply alternatives in the Utilities section.

 

The proposed amendments to the Utilities component of the Comprehensive Plan are contained are summarized below:  

·         Updates section titled “Water Service to the Development Areas” and deletes old water demand figures.

 

·         Updates section titled “Future Water Demand” by deleting old yield and demand figures.  Adds language regarding the outcome of the Urban Service Area community water supply study and the selected alternative, and lists the new studies that need to be referred to for detailed information.  Rather than including significant text on current water supply yield, demand, and alternatives analysis, the revised text is simplified by referencing the eight (8) stand-alone documents that fully discuss these topics.

 

·         Recognizes the issue of maintenance dredging of the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir and adds a recommendation supporting the County’s role in determining the need and feasibility of maintenance dredging.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

After receiving public comment, Staff recommends that the Planning Commission approve the attached amendments (Attachment A).

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

ATTACHMENT A -- Amendments to Natural Resources and Cultural Assets and Utilities sections, Comprehensive Plan

ATTACHMENT B – Full underline and strikethrough version of the proposed amendment

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