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Local Governments Water Elements In Master Plans

Concerning the authority of a local government's master plan to include policies to implement state water plan goals as a condition of development approvals, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2020 Regular Session
Local Government
Bill Summary

The act specifies that a local government master plan that contains a water supply element must include water conservation policies, to be determined by the local government, which may include goals specified in the state water plan and policies that require implementation of water conservation and other state water plan goals as a condition of development approvals. The act authorizes the department of local affairs to hire and employ a full-time employee to provide educational resources and assistance to local governments that include water conservation policies in their master plans.

$26,215 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of local affairs for use by the division of local government to implement the act, which amount is allocated as follows:

  • $24,066 for personal services, including an additional 0.5 FTE; and
  • $2,149 for operating expenses.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details