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Continue planning for and implementation of drought protection project (Desalination Project) in conjunction with the Soquel Creek Water District, including certification of EIR

We are currently working on the Environmental Impact Report for the desalination project. A draft report is expected to be ready for release in the summer of 2012.

Develop and implement the next level water conservation programs

The Water Department now offers a lawn removal rebate in order to encourage residents to replace their lawns with climate appropriate plants that require little or no supplemental irrigation. Residents who take advantage of the program not only get a rebate of $.50 per square foot of lawn that is replaced, but they also enjoy lower water bills; a more attractive, contemporary landscape; and less yard maintenance. The community benefits as well when our scarce water resources are used wisely and efficiently.

The Water Department has also commissioned WaterWise Consulting, Inc. to research the number of local homes and businesses equipped with water-conserving fixtures, appliances, and equipment. Known as the “Baseline Survey,” this study will assess the success of the City’s water conservation programs to date as well as determine the remaining water conservation potential within the City’s water service area.

Complete Endangered Species Permitting and Habitat Conservation Plan for North Coast streams

The City has reached a tentative agreement with regulators on the effects analysis and its results.

Finalize Climate Action Plan for City Council approval and begin implementation in Fiscal Year 2012

On January 24, 2012, City Council members held a study session on the Climate Action Plan. The Council is expected to adopt the plan on June 12, 2012. If the plan is adopted, it will then be forwarded to state regulators for CEQA review.

Obtain Coastal Commission approval of the Arana Gulch Park Master Plan

The Coastal Commission approved the Arana Gulch Park Master Plan on December 8, 2011. The City has assembled a staff project team to develop a design and timeline as well as to begin a property sale analysis.

Obtain Coastal Commission approval of Beach Management Plan

The Coastal Commission approved the Beach Management Plan on June 16, 2011.

Complete and adopt a new 20 Year General Plan to create a livable and sustainable community

A draft Environmental Impact Report is currently in circulation. Public hearings for certification of the EIR and the adoption of the General Plan will be scheduled.
Last updated: 6/20/2012 5:34:13 PM