PROTECTION OVERLAY DISTRICT
PURPOSE: To protect the aquifers which provide drinking water to the County’s service districts from depletion and contamination due to inappropriate use of land.
METHOD: Identification of areas of land which provide recharge to existing or planned public drinking water supply wells. Once identified the Board of Supervisors may place an overlay zoning district on the area.
PROCESS: Aquifer protection areas are identified through study conducted by hydrologist or other competent expert. Area is referred by Board of Supervisors to the Planning Commission for review and recommendation on proposed ordinance enacting overlay district. Board of Supervisors acts on recommendation of Planning Commission. Like any proposed ordinance both Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors hold public hearing prior to action on ordinance.
EFFECT: Imposition of an APOD has the following effects:
ISSUES: The ordinance presents certain integration issues which should be studied and any negative or unintended consequences remedied. These issues include:
STATUS: Action on a resolution referring the proposed ordinance to the Planning Commission was tabled by the Board of Supervisors at its June meeting. A work session on the proposed ordinance will be held by the Board of Supervisors at its July meeting with possible action to follow. The proposed ordinance is presently under review by Emery & Garrett and also True North Environmental, LLC.