Under state law, local governments are required to submit both a wastewater plan element to their comprehensive plan as well as a comprehensive sewer plan describing service needs from the regional system. Before any local government in the metropolitan area can proceed with a sanitary sewer extension, the comprehensive sewer plan must be consistent with the 2040 Water Resources Policy Plan and be approved by the Council. To simplify the process, we have combined the required elements of both plans, with details in the sections below.
We review local wastewater plans to make sure that our regional system has adequate capacity to serve the planned development and redevelopment in the right locations at the right times in the region. This review also helps us to ensure that we are being good stewards of the regional investment in our wastewater infrastructure by getting the most out of our infrastructure and reducing excessive inflow and infiltration into the system. In addition, we need to ensure that appropriate management of private wastewater systems and subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) are in place for all areas of the region not connected to the regional system.
Your community may be entirely outside of the regional system, or entirely served by the regional system, or alternatively, your community may include both areas served and areas not served by the regional system. Please be sure to review all parts of this section to ensure you meet all of the requirements that apply to your community.