City Council Consideration to Extend the Interim Moratorium

City Council Consideration to Extend the Interim Moratorium

On July 8, 2014, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1357U, establishing an Interim Moratorium Ordinance Pursuant to Government Code Section 65858 on the issuance of all building permits and any discretionary approvals for construction of new development requiring new water service connections. The interim ordinance was an urgency ordinance, making it effective immediately. The Interim Ordinance 1357U will expire on August 22, 2014, unless the City Council takes action to extend the moratorium before it expires.

Originally, the City Council’s consideration of extending the interim ordinance was scheduled for the July 22nd meeting, but the public hearing notice was not printed in the locally adjudicated newspaper (the Mountain Views News) as required by law. This means that the City Council cannot consider extending the ordinance at the next Council meeting, instead the City Council will meet on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm, in the City Hall Council Chambers, to consider extending the moratorium for an additional 22 months and 15 days (until July 5, 2016).

The delay in the City Council considering the extension of Ordinance 1357U, has no impact on the applicability of the interim ordinance. Urgency Ordinance 1357U remains in full force and effect until August 22, 2014. Additionally, the other two related actions the City Council approved on July 8th, are not impacted by the rescheduling of the public hearing. Resolution 14-58 declaring Phase III Water Conservation and declaring a moratorium on new water service connections, along with Urgency Ordinance 1356U, declaring the existence of a water shortage emergency and imposing a moratorium on the issuance of new water service connections, do not need to be extended, as they remain in effect until modified or rescinded by formal action of the City Council.

A fact sheet is being prepared to provide answers to the various questions we have received about Ordinance 1357U, Ordinance 1356U and Resolution 14-58. The fact sheet should be available on the City’s website by Monday, July 21st.