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Water Conservation Standards for Commercial Development
What are the water conservation standards?
In July 2009, City Council adopted new landscape and irrigation standards for water conservation. They are included in the City's Land Use Code, Section 3.2.1. The purpose is to promote water efficiency through well designed and installed landscapes and irrigation systems.
What projects are subject to the standards?
The standards apply to all projects within the city limits that are required to submit a landscape plan (commercial, multi-family and HOA common areas). They do not apply to single-family homes. Duplexes are also included when they are part of a planned unit development. The standards apply to common areas of single-family developments, but do not apply to single-family residences. Irrigation plans are only required for developments that are served water by the City.
What do I have to do to comply with the standards?
- Landscape Plan: Submittal Requirements for Project Development Plan (PDF 81KB)
- Landscape Plan: Final Plan Review Submittal Requirements (PDF 63KB)
- Irrigation Plan: Submittal Requirements (PDF 1.13MB)
For Landscape Plans
For Irrigation Plans
- Annual Water Use Table
- Smart Controller Data Input Table
- Pressure Calculation Worksheet
- Tap Size vs. Turf Area Table
- Maximum Flow Table
For Performance Audits
- City's Approved Auditor List (PDF 25KB)
- Performance Audit Guidelines (PDF 30KB)
- Performance Audit Form (PDF 40KB)
- Zone Evaluation Form (PDF 72KB)
- Catch Can Form (PDF 24KB)
Contact Utilities for more information.