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KUSP Land Use Report, Gary Patton

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, will meet at 9:30 this morning. Today was the day that LAFCO was scheduled to address controversial applications by the City of Santa Cruz, and by the University of California at Santa Cruz, which ask LAFCO to approve an extension of City water service to the UCSC North Campus. The UCSC North Campus area is outside the area where the City currently provides water. Whenever a water agency wants to provide service outside its established water service area LAFCO has the responsibility of deciding whether or not this should be permitted. LAFCO policies say that water service should be extended only if LAFCO can find that there is an “adequate, reliable, and sustainable” water supply.

The law firm with which I am associated represents the Community Water Coalition, which takes the position that the City does not, at the current time, have an “adequate, reliable, and sustainable” water supply, and that allowing the University to take more City water, to facilitate the University’s plan to construct over 3,000,000 square feet of new buildings, in what is now a natural reserve area, would put current water users, and the natural environment, in jeopardy.

If you want to get involved, mark your calendar for the next LAFCO meeting, on December 5th. That’s when the Commission is now scheduled to address this issue.

More Information:

LAFCO In Santa Cruz

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

LAFCO Website

November 7, 2012 Agenda

LAFCO Policies (Water Policies Highlighted)

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