At a special continuance of the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District today, the Board unanimously adopted (a) a resolution rescinding the moratorium of the District on participation in the Routt County-District Vault Program for construction of residences on certain lots at Stagecoach where there is no central water or sewer, and (b) a Policy and Lot Owner Acknowledgment by which the procedures for lot owner participation in the program has been changed, so that the first step for the Lot Owner and the pre-requisite for the District even signing up a Lot Owner Agreement and recording such Agreement, which the County requires as a pre-requisite to commence consideration of a building permit and vault permit applications for the proposed residence, is the issuance of an exempt well permit by the Colorado State Engineer. Until an exempt well permit is issued by the State Engineer, the District will not initiate the Land Owner Agreement process or refer the matter to Routt County.
The Resolution, with the attached Policy and Lot Owner Acknowledgment, in PDF form, are attached below. If you have any questions, call Steve Colby at the District offices 970-736-8250. Download document here
Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District
Subject: Well Permits and Subdivisions within Routt County, Water Division 6
This letter is to clarify the position of the Division of Water Resources (DWR) regarding the issuance of individual on-lot well permits within subdivisions in Routt County. Changes to the over-appropriated status of streams within Routt County combined with a lack of previously-approved subdivision water supply plans, affects DWR’s evaluation of well permit applications on lots included in a subdivision of land as defined in section 30-28-101(10)(a), C.R.S. This letter serves as an opinion regarding material injury likely to occur to decreed water rights from a water supply for a subdivision as referenced in section 30-28-136(h), for subdivisions without an existing opinion on file with DWR. This letter, coupled with subdivision platting dates and stream over-appropriation dates, serves as a guide to what types of well permits may be issued for subdivisions within Routt County. A map showing the stream systems considered to be over-appropriated and the date they became over-appropriated is attached hereto as Attachment C.
In a recent meeting attended by SPOA board member Matt Kaufman, Erin Light of the Colorado Division of Water Resources indicated that while the original goal of the Division was to have a determination on the water well issue by September 30th, October 15th is a now more likely date. Also, during the public comment period of the Routt County Board of County Commissioners meeting held on September 5, 2017, SPOA board member John DiNicholas inquired if the commissioners had any updates on the issue of water well and vault permits in the Stagecoach area. In summary their response was the County was taking a wait and see approach to the written determination the Colorado Division of Water Resources indicated would be forthcoming on or about September 30th. You can find the audio recording from their discussion with John DiNicholas below.
On Tuesday, August 29th representatives of the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District met with the Routt County Commissioners to discuss the recent suspension of the issuance of water well and sanitary vault permits in the Stagecoach area. Erin Light of the Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR) was also present at the meeting. Although there was a rather lengthy discussion on the issue, both the District and the County are taking a wait and see approach pending the release of a definitive position statement by the CDWR on how they well evaluate, restrict and/or grant household well permits in the Stagecoach area. Per Ms. Light, the CDWR is targeting the end of September for the release of this position statement.
For those interested in hearing specifically what was said at the meeting, we have posted a copy of the County’s public audio recording of the BCC meeting on our website which can be found at www.Stage-coach.com We have edited the recording to only include that portion of the BCC meeting that included the discussion with Morris Creek. The meeting lasted just over 1 hour. We will also be posting the minutes from this meeting when they are available from the county.