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  • Stakeholders’ Meetings Scheduled for Proposed Revisions to PCC Ch.13.20 – Sanitary Sewer Construction, Connections, and Fees

    Nov 13, 2018 | Read More News
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    Engineering Plans

    Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) is in the process of proposing revisions to the Pima County Code (PCC) Title 13 – Public Services, Division II – Sewers, Chapters 13.12 – Preliminary Sewer Layout Requirements, Chapter 13.16 – Design Standards for Public Sewerage Facilities, and Chapter 13.20 – Sanitary Sewer Construction, Connections, and Fees. The proposed changes to these Chapters will impact the development community and others that construct new or modify existing connections to the sewer system.

    RWRD staff is looking forward to presenting and discussing the proposed changes at two stakeholders’ meetings:
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Both meetings will be held at Joel D. Valdez Main Library (lower level), 101 N Stone Ave.

    The chapters that govern wastewater and new development have not been thoroughly reviewed for functionality and consistency since the early 1980s. RWRD will be reorganizing the existing information to provide clarity for the public, updating customer services fees, and adding a new surcharge for Residential subdivision pump stations. The proposed Customer Service Fees reflect recovery of cost to provide services utilizing 2017 County salaries, overhead, and employee related expenses. Modeled after the Development Services Department, the Customer Service Fees are proposed to be removed from the PCC and presented for adoption as a non-code Ordinance. The Wastewater Infrastructure Fees (Connection Fees), Discounts, and the new Special Facility Surcharge will remain in the PCC.

    The significant changes to 13.20 include:

    • Consolidate Chapters 13.12 - Preliminary Sewer Layout Requirements and 13.16 - Design Standards for Public Sewerage Facilities into 13.20
    • Remove work processes from the narrative
    • Reorganize to align with the development process
    • Update and improve naming conventions and definitions to provide clarity
    • Consolidate and relocate Customer Service Fees into a non-code ordinance adoption (see Customer Service Fees)
    • Formalize Capacity Allocations
    • Recognize large agencies in our community as having specific needs for alternate development paths and memorialize these in agreements
    • Establish minimum pump station design standards that must be met for a residential pump station to be publicly owned and assess a Special Facility Pump Station Surcharge to residential subdivisions that transfer pump stations to the County for public operation and maintenance
    • Modify the System Improvement Construction Permit fee to a ‟per linear foot” inspection charge and a cost of recovery for the base fee portion of the permit


    If you have any questions or comments regarding the proposed changes, please contact Mary Allen at (520) 724-6641 or mary.allen@pima.gov.

    To view the discussion draft of the proposed changes to PCC 13.20 and Customer Service Fees, see the links below: