Foothill Conservancy News Article
Foothill Conservancy adopts infrastructure planning and development principles
On Thursday, December 6, the Foothill Conservancy Board of Directors adopted the following principles to guide the organization as it develops positions on infrastructure planning and proposals, including roads, water, and wastewater projects.
- The user should pay: The cost of infrastructure expansion or improvements
should be born by those who will benefit from and use the infrastructure.
- The cost of infrastructure expansions that are needed solely to accommodate
new development should not be borne by existing ratepayers and taxpayers.
- Infrastructure planning should be done in open, inclusive processes that
actively involve all affected stakeholders and the public, using methods that
will ensure broad participation.
- Infrastructure planning should be based on adopted county and city general
plans, not on speculative development that is inconsistent with adopted plans.
- The location, scale, and timing of infrastructure development should be
done in a way that does not drive growth beyond what is already planned in
local land use plans.
- Infrastructure such as roads, water, and wastewater facilities should not
be extended into undeveloped areas unless those areas are contiguous to existing
communities and approved for dense development in an adopted county or city
- When infrastructure facilities are extended across lands not planned for development
in order to reach existing communities, connections to those facilities outside of developed communities should
- Infrastructure agencies should employ demand-side management techniques,
including conservation and efficiency, before taking on expensive expansion
- When resources are limited or finite, infrastructure providers should develop
and follow smart-growth, demand-side management, and efficiency policies in
order to allocate resources based on specified criteria rather than serve
all applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Infrastructure should be developed in a way that works with natural systems
and minimizes damage to the natural and built environment.
Foothill Conservancy principles on land use and development & river and watersheds