Development Water Budgets
DEVELOPMENT WATER BUDGETS
The City of Santa Fe has adopted ordinances that require development projects to offset new demands on the City's water system. Section 14-8.13 of the Land Development Code establishes water budget calculation procedures for development projects and thresholds that determine which City water budget program applies to a particular development. The available City water budget programs are the Water Conservation Credit Program and the Water Rights Transfer Program.
Water Conservation Credit Program (Municipal Code Section 25-10)
The purpose of the City's Water Conservation Credit Program is to increase system-wide water conservation, to facilitate offsetting impacts on the City's water supply system from new development and to supply water for other municipal uses.
Water Rights Transfer Program (Municipal Code Section 25-11)
The purpose of the City's Water Rights Transfer Program is to administer water right transfers designated for development projects as required by Section 14-8.13 SFCC 1987 and water rights transfers designated for the City water bank.
The City has adopted Administrative Procedures for Water Demand Offset Requirements along with an Appendix that contains a Water Offset Requirement Fee Chart and other information. The one-page introduction provides a good summary of the entire document. Each of the five sections of the document has an introductory paragraph that generally explains the content of that section. Construction Permit applicants will be most interested in Section 1 which explains developing a water budget and meeting the water demand offset for a proposed project. The Administrative Procedures have been amended jointly by the Land Use Director and the Public Utilities Director three times since their adoption in 2010 (Amendment #1 has been superceded by Amendment #2).
water budget administrative office
The Water Budget Administrative Office (WBAO) of the Technical Review Division reviews development applications to ensure that new City water system demand is offset.