PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS November 18, 2013 MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED!
Dear Valued Customer,
On November 18, 2013, our staff is bringing forward to the Ventura City Council a proposed Water Rights Dedication and In Lieu Fee Ordinance as a solution to encouraging development as well as ensuring that future water sources are available for growth.
If approved by the City Council as proposed, the ordinance – in the simplest terms – would require a new or intensified development project at the time of entitlement to sign over water rights to the City to offset the project’s water demand. If the project does not have water rights, the ordinance requires payment of a one-time in lieu fee, calculated based on the project’s estimated water demands, to be used to develop new water supplies. This recommendation has caused quite a stir because of questions such as:
- How many fees will developers pay until they go somewhere else?
- Why don’t you just demand that customers conserve more?
- Will you really be able to procure or build new water supplies before the water is needed?
- Who else has an ordinance like this one?
- Who wants growth anyway?
- What assurances does the community have that the assumptions to come up with these fees are accurate?
- Aren’t you just doing this because there is a drought?
- Why should developers pay for water that everyone will need?
This proposed solution to address long-term water supply planning and assist in the funding for increasing resources has many dimensions. Two public workshops, one in July and another a few weeks ago, were held to discuss the different perspectives as offered by community members and developers. All of the questions have answers that can be found at cityofventura.net/water/supply. This webpage houses all the documents, including the draft administrative reports, consultant reports, commonly asked questions and answers, and the proposed ordinance.
The City Council will hear the proposed ordinance on November 18, 2013 at 6 p.m. All interested customers are welcome to attend and share their views with the Council.
Ventura Water General Manager