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March 28, 2013

Willow Park’s water and sewer plan for future development moves forward

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The plan states that an additional source of water is currently needed for the city to meet demand.

Drilling additional wells will only be a Band-Aid to the system’s water demands so there is a need to purchase surface water from Weatherford or Fort Worth, according to the plan.

“It also talked about some other immediate needs - that the system would benefit from being a looped system,” Shaffstall said. “Right now we have a single main line on Ranch House Road. That’s part of the pressure issues and part of the maintenance issues. When something interupts that main line it cuts off the flow to the south of town.”

“It also talks about over time, where it envisions the natural points of development to occur,” Shaffstall said.

Those are located particularly in the southern part of the city, along Bankhead Highway, along Interstate 20 because there is land to be developed and infrastructure to reach it, he said, adding that the plan lays out where additional water lines should be located.

The sewer system is also addressed in the capital development plan.

“The most immediate needs are to increase the size and replace the existing waste water lift stations,” Shaffstall said.

In addition to addressing the city’s three lift stations, the plan also addresses areas were future development is expected and lays out areas where line upsizing will likely be needed.

“The final step in this is it creates an impact fee recommendation for the city,” Shaffstall said. “An impact fee would be a charge per standard unit to the developer.”

“Those are charges that would be applied to developers, not applied to existing homeowners, not applied to existing businesses,” Shaffstall said.

After adoption of the plan, if a developer came in looking to put in a housing development, the city would be able to charge them based on the number of new homes, Shaffstall said. “It’s a way for new development to help fund the cost of adding to our existing water system.”

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