Town Sets Water, Growth Timeline

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On Monday, the Town of Payson staff met to outline a procedure for implementing the 17-point plan for water and growth presented by Mayor Bob Edwards and passed unanimously by the Payson Town Council at its Aug. 3 meeting.

On Tuesday, Town Manager Fred Carpenter released a memo to staff and council outlining a tentative timeline for each motion.

The timeline, he wrote, "is a best-case scenario that may have to slip as we progress. Also, it should be remembered that statutory requirements must be observed, which extends some timelines."

The motions as they were presented Aug. 3 along with the town staff's estimated timeline as presented in Carpenter's memo, are as follows:

Motion 1. I move to direct the Water Department to coordinate with the Mayor's Task Force to assess methodology for determining Payson's current water status and to return to the council with recommendations on the funding and consultant resources needed to make this determination.

Timeline: The request for proposals outline is scheduled for presentation to Council at the Sept. 7 meeting.

Motion 2. I move that the Town Council go on record that it will approve the funding needed, up to $200,000, to complete the necessary studies to assess Payson's current water status.

Timeline: A contract for the work is planned for Council review and possible award for the Oct. 19 meeting. We expect the consultant's report to be completed by April 2007.

Motion 3. I move to direct the Water Department to coordinate with the Mayor's Water Task Force to develop automatic water restriction triggers and reversionary release points, to review current restriction levels for relevancy and to report their findings to the council.

Timeline: Staff will meet with the Water Task Force within the next 30 days to review current plans and programs and develop a strategy for updating them.

Motion 4. I move to direct the Community Development Department to develop a catalog of all developments in the pipeline (where the representative of the project has met with staff and has presented staff with a conceptual site plan).

Timeline: Staff will create this list by Friday, Aug. 11.

Motion 5. I move to direct the Legal Department to take the steps necessary to halt acceptance of all applications not contained in the catalog prepared by the Community Development Department until the study to determine Payson's current water status is completed.

Timeline: Public hearing will be scheduled for Oct. 5 Council meeting.

Motion 6. I move to direct the Legal Department to draft an ordinance to amend the Town Code, including Ordinance Number 481, to eliminate the requirement for developers to bring their own water, and to restrict future establishment of ERU credits.

Timeline: First reading of this ordinance is planned for Sept. 7.

Motion 7. I move to direct the Community Water Department and the Legal Department to negotiate an agreement with the Town of Star Valley for the use and development of water resources.

Timeline: Town staff will meet with Town of Star Valley staff within the next two weeks and report to Council by Sept. 7. Finalizing an IGA with Star Valley will be planned for February 2007.

Motion 8. I move to direct the Community Development Department to determine the proper land use designation for the areas within the Town of Payson held by the Forest Service and to work with the Legal Department to draft an ordinance to change the land use designation of such areas.

Timeline: Revised proposed new zoning designations will be taken to the Planning and Zoning Commission Sept. 25 and to the Council on Oct. 19. General plan amendment is to be processed by July 2007.

Motion 9. I move to direct the Community Development Department and the Legal Department to draft an ordinance to require a two-thirds majority of the Town Council to approve a zoning change.

Timeline: Ordinance requiring 2/3 vote for zone changes set for Planning and Zoning consideration on Sept. 11 and to Council for first reading on Oct. 19.

Motion 10. I move to direct the Community Development Department to develop a real build out number based on the formula in the proposal.

Timeline: Projected build out population for Payson will be presented Oct. 19.

Motion 11. I move to direct the Community Development Department to incorporate the real build out number in the General Plan with the 2007 General Plan Amendment.

Timeline: Projected build out population will be included in July 2007 general plan amendment.

Motion 12. I move to direct the Community Development Department to develop a plan to allocate a maximum of 250 new residential building unit permits in any one year.

Timeline: Building permit allocation limit presented to Council for adoption Oct. 5 with effective date Nov. 1.

Motion 13. I move to direct the Water Department to negotiate the purchase of any remaining water credits.

Timeline: Water Department will develop a term sheet for Council consideration on Sept. 21.

Motion 14. I move to direct the Community Development Department to coordinate with the Affordable Housing Task Force to develop formulas to require a long-term affordable housing component for all new developments seeking zone change and for those not seeking a zone change.

Timeline: We expect to complete the affordable housing component for new development by Dec. 31.

Motion 15. I move to direct the Community Development Department to develop a requirement that all new developments bring adjacent roads to Town standards.

Timeline: This change to the subdivision code will be included with a major code revision planned for presentation to Planning and Zoning on Nov. 20 and the Council on Dec. 14.

Motion 16. I move to direct the Community Development Department to work with the Northern Gila County Sanitary District to define the Town's long-term sewer needs.

Timeline: This change will be included in the subdivision code revision.

Motion 17. I move to direct the Community Development Department to review all of the Town's policies and procedures to ensure they conform to this proposal.

Timeline: Staff plans to budget for a complete UDC rewrite in FY 07/08 which will include harmonizing all existing policies.

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