Banks, City Council, Government

Council ends development moratorium, requires developers find own water for new subdivisions

The Banks City Council unanimously passed a resolution ending the city’s moratorium on new development and instituted a new policy requiring developers of subdivisions to provide 100 percent of their own water for each new house built.

The city currently is undergoing its largest-ever public works project, replacing water lines that leaked badly for many years or that aged out of practical use, and during that process officials also determined new water sources for increasing capacity to residents and businesses.

City Attorney Dan Kearns said he was not aware of another Oregon municipality in the position of having increased water capacity but not enough water to prevent a large-scale development from coming through and soaking up what’s been added to the distribution system.

“You just created a water transmission line replacement system,” Kearns said. “You don’t want it to evaporate in the first development, leaving . . .

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