City Council Meeting 12-13-2011                                          Santa Monica, California                           

 

 

RESOLUTION NUMBER           (CCS)

(City Council Series)

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA UPDATING THE SANTA MONICA WATER-EFFICIENT LANDSCAPE AND IRRIGATION STANDARDS, EFFECTIVE February 1, 2012

WHEREAS, in recent years there has been both worldwide and local concerns raised about escalating water costs and the effects of global warming; and

WHEREAS, the State of California, including the City of Santa Monica, suffers from recurring severe drought conditions and even during non-drought periods water is a scarce resource throughout Southern California; and

WHEREAS, the City of Santa Monica receives on average less than 15 inches of precipitation annually and in some years precipitation can be as little as 3 inches; and

WHEREAS, in recent years the City of Santa Monica has relied almost exclusively on water imported from Northern California or from the Colorado River to meet its water needs; and

WHEREAS, the imported water supply from Northern California and from the Colorado River cannot be reliably depended upon by the City of Santa Monica due to reoccurring drought conditions throughout the western United States, and due to federal and state regulations limiting such water for urban uses; and

WHEREAS, conservation of water is critically important if the City of Santa Monica is to sustain itself, survive drought as well as emergencies and natural disasters; and

WHEREAS, water shortage conditions within the State of California and within the City of Santa Monica can arise on short notice as a result of drought, natural disaster, or other emergency events that critically impact the availability of water. As a result, the residents and business operators of the City of Santa Monica live under an almost constant threat of water shortage; and

WHEREAS, inefficient irrigation devices and watering practices, particularly related to maintenance of landscapes, result in the waste of ever scarcer water resources; and

WHEREAS, high water-demanding plant materials represent enormous drains on the City’s already limited water resources; and

WHEREAS, the City is committed to reducing inefficient use of water resources for irrigation so as to maximize the availability of potable water for essential residential and business uses; and

WHEREAS, the standards and requirements set forth in this regulation are consistent in principle with the goals, objectives, policies, land uses and programs specified in the adopted General Plan and the proposed updates to Chapter 8.180, Subpart B of the Santa Monica Municipal Code; and

WHEREAS, Government Code Section 65595 mandates the creation of an updated state-wide model water efficient landscape ordinance, which would apply to all municipalities in California, unless a local agency adopted a local water efficient landscape ordinance that is, based on evidence in the record, at least as effective in conserving water as the updated state-wide model ordinance; and

WHEREAS, at its December 8, 2009 meeting, the City Council adopted a local water efficient landscape ordinance, and a set of water-efficient landscape and irrigation standards which exceeds the standards set out in the state model water efficient landscape ordinance; and

WHEREAS, water features with large surface areas require significant amounts of water to refill, due to surface evaporation, thus creating an unnecessarily high water demand on the City’s limited water resources; and

WHEREAS, requiring calculations for maximum applied water allowance (MAWA) provides consumers with water budgeting information, which increases water use awareness and enables more water efficient landscape and irrigation planning; and

WHEREAS, use of greywater irrigation systems conserve precious potable water for other more appropriate uses; and

WHEREAS, the City of Santa Monica has a long standing commitment to leadership in water and other resource conservation; and

WHEREAS, the City of Santa Monica is committed to exceeding the standards set out in the state model water efficient landscape ordinance;

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA DOES HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1

The Water-Efficient Landscape and Irrigation Standards, as set forth in Attachment A, are hereby adopted.

SECTION 2  

Any other resolution adopting, amending, or relating to the Water-Efficient Landscape and Irrigation Standards authorized by Chapter 8.108, Subpart B, is hereby repealed in its entirety as of February 1, 2012.

SECTION 3 

The City Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this Resolution and the same shall be in full force and effect as of February 1, 2012.

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

 

 

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MARSHA JONES MOUTRIE

City Attorney