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File #: ID-146-21    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/8/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/1/2021 Final action:
Title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRIGHTON, COLORADO, AMENDING TITLE 13 OF THE BRIGHTON MUNICIPAL CODE PERTAINING TO WATER DEDICATION AND PLANT INVESTMENT FEES ASSESSED BY THE CITY OF BRIGHTON; SETTING FORTH EFFECTIVE DATES FOR SAID DEDICATION AND FEES; AND OTHER DETAILS RELATED THERETO (FINAL READING)
Attachments: 1. Ordinance Water Dedication 5-18-2021, 2. Fee in lieu ordinance Rev1BS052521, 3. v1 compare v2

Department of Finance                                          

Reference:  Water Dedication and Plant Investment Fees

 

To:                                                               Mayor Gregory Mills and Members of City Council

Through:                                          Jane Bais DiSessa, City Manager

Prepared By:                                          Maria Ostrom, Finance Director

Date Prepared:                     May 8, 2021

PURPOSE

To present an ordinance for Council consideration to amend Title 13 of the City pertaining to water dedication and plant investment fees

 

STRATEGIC FOCUS AREA

 

Recognizable and Well-Planned Community

Financially Responsible

Supportive, Sustainable Infrastructure

 

BACKGROUND

 

The City requires dedication of water rights at the time of development. There are some developers with existing agreements, approved by previous City Councils that allow the developer to pay a fee-in-lieu rather than dedicate water rights. The City’s water dedication amount and fee-in-lieu have not been adjusted or reviewed since the mid-80’s. White Sands Engineering conducted a study to determine market cost as well as water dedication requirements by development type.

 

Utilities staff presented the results of the White Sands report at a study session on October 27, 2020. A revised report with reduced amounts for fee-in-lieu was presented at the study session on March 23, 2021. Staff received feedback from City Council to use the results from the original study to draft an ordinance for formal consideration at a future council meeting.

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

The impact to the Water Fund is expected to be neutral. For developers with existing agreements that allow payment of a fee-in-lieu, the cash received will offset the cost of purchasing water rights to support the development. For all other development, dedication of water needed to support their development will be required.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.                     Draft ordinance

2.                     Staff PowerPoint presentation