Water & Sewer Facilities
Review Criteria & Certification for Adequate Water & Sewer Facilities
22.02.010 - Purpose.
A. The purposes of testing for and certification of Adequate Public Facilities are to:
- Assure that development and redevelopment occurs in concert with the Capital Improvement Program and will enable the City to provide adequate public facilities in a timely manner and achieve the growth objectives of the Comprehensive Plan as defined in Title 21.
- Assure that proposed development protects the public health and safety, promotes the general welfare of the community, and conserves the environment.
- Assure that proposed development fits harmoniously into the fabric of the community.
- Encourage new development to occur in areas of the City where public facilities are being provided.
B. Adequacy standards should be achievable within a six-year timeframe and the annual Capital Improvement Program should be based on a community facilities plan that insures that existing deficiencies are corrected within that time-frame.
The Director of Public Works shall be responsible for review and assessment of a proposed project with regard to the adequacy of adequate water and sewer facilities.
The goal of adequate water and sewer facilities is to ensure that there is sufficient capacity in the water storage system, the water distribution system, the sewer collection system, and the sewage pumping stations owned by the municipality.
There are no exemptions allowed for any projects.
22.18.040 - Standards.
- The standards required to be promulgated pursuant to Section 22.08.010, shall include but not be limited to:
- Water facilities. Each project shall be served by sufficient public water for supply and reserve capacity, as determined by the Director of Public Works in accordance with commonly accepted standards.
- There shall be adequate storage in the facilities to satisfy the recommendations of the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
- In the case of the water distribution system there shall be adequate capacity within the system to be able to deliver to a fire scene a minimum of two thousand gallons per minute of water, at a minimum residual pressure of twenty psi at each fire hydrant.
- Sewer Facilities. Each project shall be served by sufficient public sewage for sewage flows, as determined by the Director of Public Works in accordance with commonly accepted standards.
Additional Applied Standards
Water Facilities: Each project shall be served by sufficient public water for supply and reserve capacity, as may be determined by the Director of Public Works in accordance with commonly accepted standards.
- The City’s water supply and treatment capacity have been determined to be sufficient for existing and projected growth through at least 2040.
- There shall be adequate storage in facilities to satisfy the recommendations of the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
- There shall be adequate capacity in the water distribution system to be able to deliver to a fire scene in the area of the project, a minimum 2,000 gallons per minute, at a minimum residual pressure of 20 pounds per square inch at each fire hydrant in the City’s water distribution system.
Sewer Facilities: Each project shall be served by sufficient public sewage for sewage flows, as may be determined by the Director of Public Works in accordance with commonly accepted standards:
- The City’s wastewater treatment capacity at the Annapolis Water Reclamation Facility has been determined to be sufficient for existing and projected growth through at least 2040.
- The City’s wastewater collection system must be sufficient to provide capacity for the maximum day peak, wet weather flows.
22.28.010 - Opportunity to mitigate.
A. An applicant whose proposed project is subject to denial or delay under this title shall be given an opportunity to provide infrastructure funds, to improve facilities directly, or to donate necessary facilities in order to allow for approval of the applicant’s application under this title for a Certificate for Adequate Public Facilities.
B. The forms and levels of mitigation required of an applicant shall be roughly proportionate to the projected impact of the proposed project upon the facility or facilities and shall be determined by the Director of Planning and Zoning in consultation with the other departments responsible for the applicable facilities as outlined in Section 22.28.010.
C. For a school facility, mitigation consists of the construction or funding of improvements by a developer that increase capacity of the school facility which, at the time of application, is below the minimum standard in the impact area so that the capacity of the facility in the scheduled completion year is equal to, or greater than, it would have been had the development not been constructed. A mitigation plan with physical improvements may be secured by bond,
22.28.020 - Process.
A. Mitigation consists of the construction or funding of improvements to onsite or offsite public facilities by an applicant that increase capacity or safety on each public facility that is below the minimum standard so that the capacity or safety of the facility after mitigation will be equal to or greater than if the proposed project had not been developed.
B. To determine the appropriate forms and levels of mitigation, an applicant shall consult with the department responsible for review and assessment of each facility that would be deemed inadequate. Once the applicant and the department agree upon the forms and levels of mitigation that will offset the impact of the project upon the facility, the applicant shall enter into a mitigation plan on terms and conditions acceptable to the Department of Planning and Zoning in consultation with the Office of Law. The mitigation plan shall require the applicant to provide the mitigation agreed upon and in return the Department of Planning and Zoning shall determine that the facility or facilities will be adequate for the project.
C. If a department finds that a facility is or would be inadequate as a result of more than one proposed project, the department may apportion the responsibility and cost of mitigation among all contributing projects, which apportionment shall be reflected in the applicable mitigation plans.
D. Each mitigation plan shall be approved by the Director of Planning and Zoning as well as the department responsible for the facility for which the mitigation plan approval is sought. If a facility would be inadequate for a project, and if the project and the applicant are unable to agree upon acceptable forms and levels of mitigation for the facility such that no mitigation plan is entered into by the applicant, the department shall determine that the facility is inadequate to support the project and shall forward a written copy of such findings and explanation to the Director of Planning and Zoning.