WATERSHED MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTION AREA OVERLAY DISTRICT
PURPOSE: To protect the surface water reservoirs which provide drinking water to the County’s service districts from contamination due to inappropriate use of land.
METHOD: Identification of areas of land that are watersheds for existing or planned public drinking water reservoirs. Once identified, the Board of Supervisors may place an overlay zoning district on the area.
PROCESS: Watershed management and protection areas are identified through study conducted by competent experts. 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 a WAMPOD has the following effects:
ISSUES: The ordinance presents certain integration issues that should be studied and any negative or unintended consequences remedied. These issues include:
STATUS: At its June meeting, the Board of Supervisors tabled action on a resolution referring the proposed Ordinance to the Planning Commission. A work session on the proposed Ordinance will be held by the Board of Supervisors at its July meeting, with possible action to follow.