Eastern Municipal Water District

Action/Info Item

Approve and Authorize the Water Supply Assessment for the Menifee Valley Specific Plan in Accordance with the Provisions of Senate Bill 610 and Senate Bill 221


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Senate Bills 610 (Chapter 643, Statutes of 2001) and Senate Bill 221 (Chapter 642, Statutes of 2001) amended state law, effective January 1, 2002, to require Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) 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 Menifee Valley Specific Plan (Proposed Project).  The Proposed Project is located on approximately 594 acres in the City of Menifee and consists of a master-planned medium density residential community of up to 2,582 dwelling units, a high density residential community of 175 dwelling units, three acres for institutional development, 13 acres of commercial development, 27 acres of parks, 15 acres of open space for conservation, 11 acres of open space landscape, and 53 acres of right of way.  The Proposed Project is located within the city of Menifee in Riverside County, bounded by State Highway 74 to the north, Menifee Road to the east, Briggs Road to the west, and Matthews Road to the south.  The estimated annual demand for the Proposed Project is 1,440 AF.

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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.





Approve and authorize the Water Supply Assessment for the Menifee Valley Specific Plan in accordance with the provisions of Senate Bill 610 and Senate Bill 221.

Meeting History

Apr 11, 2019 3:30 PM  Board Planning Committee Regular Meeting
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Apr 17, 2019 9:00 AM  Board of Directors Regular Meeting
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Mr. Ng provided an update on this item

MOVER:Philip E. Paule, Vice President
SECONDER:Stephen J. Corona, Board Member
YES:Ronald W. Sullivan, Philip E. Paule, Stephen J. Corona
ABSENT:Randy A. Record, David J. Slawson