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Some want drought considered in Westside development

July 9, 2009 |  8:00 pm

Some neighborhood council members on the Westside are saying there is too much development planned for the area and that such projects could cause a drain on water supplies. They are recommending that high-density projects be reexamined to consider the consequences of drought conditions.

Read more on the water-development issue in the Argonaut:

They say that because the city government has moved to Phase III of the municipal water ordinance that includes mandatory conservation measures, high-density projects should be reexamined, scaled back or have water agencies and planners include the effects and consequences of the drought.

Westchester resident David Coffin thinks that city leaders have not taken the water shortage into account regarding large-scale development, and he disagrees with those who suggest that state laws that direct cities and counties to request that developers obtain a water assessment prior to approval are sufficient. “They are relying on water management plans that are four years old,” said Coffin, a member of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa.