The purpose of this ordinance is to protect, preserve, and maintain existing and potential public drinking water sources in order to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare of City residents and visitors. The intent of this ordinance is to establish and designate drinking water source protection zones and groundwater recharge areas for all sources of public drinking water within City boundaries and jurisdiction. This ordinance establishes criteria for regulating the storage, handling, use, or production of hazardous or toxic substances within identified areas where groundwater is, or could be affected by the potential contaminant source. This shall be accomplished by the designation and regulation of property uses and conditions that may be maintained within such zones or areas. Unless otherwise specified, the provisions of this ordinance apply to new development and/or handling, movement, and storage of potentially hazardous materials.
The degree of protection afforded by this ordinance is considered adequate for regulatory purposes. This ordinance does not ensure that public drinking water sources will not be subject to accidental or intentional contamination, nor does it create liability on the part of the City, or an officer or employee thereof, for any damages to the public water supplies from reliance on this ordinance nor any administrative order lawfully made thereunder.
A notice to cease or an exemption issued under this ordinance shall not relieve the owner of the obligation to comply with any other applicable federal, state, regional, or local regulations, rules, ordinances, or requirements, nor shall said notice or exemption relieve any owner of any liability for violation of such regulations, rules, ordinances, or requirements.
Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 98-72, Enacted, 11/5/1998