Pueblo West Metropolitan District Approves to Pause on Accepting New Water Taps & Building Applications
[January 24, 2022 - Pueblo West, CO]-- The Pueblo West Metropolitan Board voted on Monday’s Board of Directors meeting to put a pause on issuing new water taps and building applications for residential or commercial until March 14, 2022. The board also approved a five-year lease with Pueblo Board of Water Works for 1,500-acre feet of water annually.
“In 2001, Pueblo West Metro District purchased water rights from Hill Ranch in Chaffee County. Since then, we’ve been working diligently with Resource Base International and Chaffee County to complete the requirements in the water decree to have the water released by Chaffee County into our water portfolio,” said Doug Proal, board president. “This lease with the Pueblo Board of Water Works is a bridge to continue moving Pueblo West forward with consideration to the Hill Ranch water.”
Pueblo West is conducting further studies to define its build-out with its water rights and will ensure current residents that future growth will be paid for by builders and developers. The building application and water tap pause will allow the board time to finalize its study. Once the study is released, the board will know how many water taps Pueblo West can issue before build-out within its portfolio.
“Continued growth in Pueblo West will come at the expense of the builders and developers, not our current residents,” said Doug Proal. “The board is adamant that we don’t want to sustain growth by increasing water rates for current residents but will work with rate increases as we did years before keeping residents in mind.”
In 2021, the Pueblo West Metro Board signed a one-year lease with Pueblo Water for 1,560-acre feet at a cost of $1.2 million to avoid placing water restrictions on its residents. That lease expires on July 31, 2022.
The new five-year lease is for 1,500-acre feet annually and begins on Nov. 1, 2022. Cost for the first year is $1.19 million, plus a $25,000 administration fee. The following years will follow Pueblo Water’s rate adjustments. There also is potential for a five-year extension, should both parties agree.
Applications for anything requiring a water tap will not be accepted until after March 14, 2022. This includes any associated applications, such as driveway access permits.
Accessory structure applications can be submitted through our Community Development department as normal. Access and Right-of-Way Use permits not associated with new home, commercial, or water taps can be submitted through our Engineering Division as normal.
We appreciate your understanding, if you have questions feel free to contact our Community Development department for more information.