6. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF TIMELINE FOR JURISDICTIONS TO SUBMIT METHODOLOGY FOR ESTIMATING FUTURE WATER NEEDS
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Staff Contact:††††††††† Stephanie Pintar††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Cost Estimate: N/A
General Counsel Approval: N/A
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CEQA Compliance: N/A†
SUMMARY:† Different methodologies have been used by the eight jurisdictions in the District to estimate future water needs.† Most recently, the District undertook two studies to identify water needs on vacant legal buildable lots of record and vacant buildable lots of record on improved parcels.† The legal lot studies used standard factors to estimate water needs for each of the jurisdictions based on vacant lots identified using aerial photos.† The jurisdictions participated in both of the studies, but the second study was not completed due to lack of adequate orthophotography for the unincorporated areas of Monterey County.†
As the Board begins to search for new sources for water supply, it is in the Districtís interest to encourage a standardized method for use by the jurisdictions to estimate future water needs.† The District, with the buy-in of the jurisdictions, should work to establish a firm and defendable basis for estimating future water demand.
RECOMMENDATION:† If adopted with the Consent Calendar, the Board will request the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to work toward a common methodology for estimating future water demand and return with a recommendation in 90 days.† A presentation to the Board on the TACís proposal will be scheduled for the May 27, 2004 special meeting.