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Council approves first reading to remove moratorium

Council approves first reading to remove moratorium

City Council, during their regular meeting on Monday, March 11, approved the first reading of an end to the 12-month moratorium on the acceptance of new development applications for projects proposed for the area generally north of 92nd Avenue in Westminster.

If approved at second reading on Monday, March 25, the development moratorium would be removed effective Monday, April 29, based on progress that has been made over the past seven months, including:

  • installing an internal lining to a four-mile section of the pipe system that’s been in place since the 1970s. This new lining will enable the aging pipe to now work at full capacity. Work is currently underway, at a cost of $3.4 million, and is expected to be completed by Monday, April 29;
  • approving a $1.2 million contract for work to complete a new, detailed survey of 22 miles of pipes and 515 manholes to accurately determine the condition of the pipelines sewer capacity and condition; to update the wastewater modeling system that is used to determine sewer flow and capacity; and to refine the conceptual cost of needed improvements that form the basis of design phase work; and
  • conducting a comprehensive analysis of potential future development and its impact on sewer capacities.

Work will continue over the next several years to address sewer capacity in the Big Dry Creek Basin area. The next step includes an intense redesign of the sewer system to assure sewer demands are not impacted in the future. The total project cost is estimated at $35 million. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020 and be completed in approximately three years.

The moratorium was put in place in July 2018. Learn more about the moratorium.

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