Eastern Municipal Water District
California

Action/Info Item
3280
Recommended for Approval
May 16, 2018 9:00 AM

Approve and Authorize the Water Supply Assessment for Millcreek Promenade

Information

Department:Water Supply PlanningSponsors:
Category:Action/Info ItemMeeting Workflows:Board Planning Committee Workflow

Background

Senate Bills 221 and 610 require the District to respond to requests for a statement that adequate water supplies are or will be available to meet the water demands associated with proposed land development.  Senate Bill 610 focuses on the content of a water supply agency’s Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) and stipulates that when an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is required in connection with a project, the appropriate water supply agency must provide an assessment (Exhibit A) of whether its total projected water supplies will meet the projected water demands associated with the proposed project.  Senate Bill 221 also requires water supply verification when a tentative map, parcel map, or development agreement for a project is submitted to a land use agency for approval.  Senate Bill 221 applies to proposed residential development of more than 500 dwelling units with some exceptions.  Senate Bill 610 applies to a proposed residential development of more than 500 dwelling units, or large commercial, industrial, or mixed-use development.

 

The City of Menifee is the lead agency for the preparation of an EIR pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Public Resources Code Section 21000, and et seq. for the Millcreek Promenade (Proposed Project).  The Proposed Project is located on approximately 58.5 acres in the City of Menifee and consists of a master-planned, high-density residential community of up to 398 dwelling units, along with roughly 3.33 acres of open space for an existing creek, 15.02 acres for a commercial retail and office space, and 2.82 acres for a business park/light industrial section.  The Proposed Project is located within the general area bounded by Sherman Road to the west, Garbani Road to the north, Haun Road to the east, and Wickerd Road to the south.  The estimated annual demand for the Proposed Project is 182.3 acre-feet (AF).  The land use considered for the project area in the 2015 UWMP demand projection was business park/light industrial.  These land uses are not entirely consistent with the Proposed Project; therefore, the demand for this project is anticipated to exceed the limits of the projected demands accounted for in the 2015 UWMP.

 

EMWD has confirmed that the projected demand from the Proposed Project exceeds the limits of the demand accounted for in EMWD’s 2015 UWMP, which was adopted in June 2016.  With respect to water supplies, the project will be required to fund conservation to offset demand not considered in the 2015 UWMP or offset their own demand through conservation efforts.  The land use considered for the 58.5-acre project area in the 2015 UWMP demand projection was business park/light industrial, which would have an estimated annual demand of 144.3 AF.  Given that the estimated annual demand for the Proposed Project is 182.3 AF, the proposed project exceeds the 2015 UWMP annual demand projection by 38 AF.

Financial/Strat Plan/Enviro

FINANCIAL IMPACT:

None

 

STRATEGIC PLANNING GOAL/OBJECTIVE:

Water Supply Diversity and Reliability: Develop and implement a portfolio of projects and management techniques to achieve a reliable and cost-effective balance of water supplies utilizing imported, local and recycled water sources.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT:

None

Recommendation

Approve and authorize the Water Supply Assessment for the Millcreek Promenade in accordance with the provisions of Senate Bill 610 and Senate Bill 221.

Meeting History

Apr 25, 2018 3:30 PM  Board Planning Committee Regular Meeting
RESULT:RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL
May 16, 2018 9:00 AM  Board of Directors Regular Meeting
RESULT:RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Philip E. Paule, Board Member
SECONDER:Ronald W. Sullivan, Vice President
YES:David J. Slawson, Ronald W. Sullivan, Joseph J. Kuebler, Philip E. Paule, Randy A. Record