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Do you know of any cities that have used water distribution policy (selling water to suburbs--etc.) to force planning (smart growth, urban growth boundaries)?

December 10, 2006

California recently enacted two new state laws dealing with the adequate provision of water supply which will in effect tie certain new developments to prove that a "guaranteed" source of water is available to meet the demands of the new development project. Water availability will be based on local water districts approved Urban Water Management Plans. Developments with greater than 500 new homes are one of the types of developments that must meet these new standards. There are other thresholds for industrial and commercial developments. Without clearly demonstrating that water is available to serve a proposed project, the project environmental document is unlikely to be certified.

The specific bills that you'll want to look at are: SB 610 (Costa) and SB 221 (Kuehl)from the 2001 California Legislative Session.

You can access the specific text and analysis of these new bills at www.leginfo.ca.gov

Link: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov

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