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File #: 170321.    Version: Name: Irrigation Ordinance
Type: Discussion Item Status: Passed
File created: 8/18/2017 In control: General Policy Committee
On agenda: 3/8/2018 Final action:
Title: Consider participation in Alachua County Landscape Irrigation Design and Maintenance Standards Ordinance (B) Hear a follow-up presentation regarding the Alachua County Landscape Irrigation Design and Maintenance Standards Ordinance.
Attachments: 1. 170321A_Staff Analysis Irrigation Ordinance_20171109, 2. 170321B_Presentation Irrigation Ordinance_20171109, 3. 170321A_Presentation Pierce Jones_20180308, 4. 170321B_Presentation Irrigation Ordinance_20180308
Title
Consider participation in Alachua County Landscape Irrigation Design and Maintenance Standards Ordinance (B)

Hear a follow-up presentation regarding the Alachua County Landscape Irrigation Design and Maintenance Standards Ordinance.

Explanation
On November 9, 2017, the General Policy Committee heard a staff presentation on the Irrigation Ordinance adopted and implemented by Alachua County in the unincorporated area. The presentation provided a summary of the issue, background information and options for consideration.

The General Policy Committee directed staff to:
• bring back the cost of regulating irrigation in the City of Gainesville,
• reach out to a diverse group of stakeholders, and
• gather data on water savings in the unincorporated area since the implementation of the Irrigation Ordinance.

On January 3, 2018, City of Gainesville and Alachua County staff met and discussed county water conservation programs. The County’s Irrigation Ordinance is currently administered by 1.5 full time employees. County staff indicated that opting-in the County Ordinance would be cost-neutral at this time. City staff estimates that an irrigation program could be administered at a similar staffing level with an approximate cost of $140,000.

On February 14, 2018, the City of Gainesville hosted a publicly noticed Urban Irrigation Design Thinking Charrette. Approximately 20 stakeholders participated, including landscape architects, landscapers, nursery owners, developers, engineers, planners and environmental experts. Representatives from Alachua County, Gainesville Regional Utilities, the University of Florida and the St. Johns Water Management District attended.

At this time, data on the impacts of Alachua County’s Irrigation Ordinance on water use is not available; however, Pierce Jones, from the University of Florida, will share plans for analyzing water use data from Alachua County’s progra...

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