City of Fresno Environmental Assessment No. EA-17-014 for Water Conservation Ordinance
NOD - Notice of Determination
Present Land Use
Environmental Assessment Application No. EA-17-014 was field by Thomas Esqueda, on behalf of the Dept. of Public Utilities of the City of Fresno. The applicant proposes to amend the Fresno Municipal Code (FMC) to prohibit water-wasteful practices year round (rather than during certain drought periods as invoked by Council) in the FMC and the Water Shortage Contingency Plan and to amend the Water Shortage Contingency Plan to update permissible watering days in Stages 2 and 4. In Stage 2, the change is that customers will be allowed to water for three days a week instead of two, for the months of June, July, and August. In Stage 4, customers will be allowed to water one day a week during summer months (May-October), rather than zero days as is currently permitted. The FMC changes dictate it's an incident of water waste for a customer to:
Irrigate ornamental turf on public street medians with potable water. This does not include trees.
Irrigate outdoor landscapes with potable water during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
Serve drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to, restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served or purchased.
Irrigate landscapes outside of newly constructed homes and buildings in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the CA Building Standards Commission and the Dept. of Housing and Community Development.
Automatically change towels and linens in hotels and motels daily. Operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.
The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom using clear and easily understood language.
Drain swimming pools more than once every three years, except as necessary to complete structural repairs or to comply with public health standards, as determined by the County Health Officer. Residents with private swimming pools shall file written application for a permit with the Water Division Manager at least 48 hours prior to draining the pool.
(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
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