New development helps to pay for new water. Development and growth projections are part of several planning steps that lead up to rate structure modeling for the future. The following reports consider population changes and demand impacts:
- General Plan projects growth and estimates resulting increases in water and wastewater demands throughout Ventura.
- The Urban Water Management Plan, updated every five years, outlines future water
- demands based on growth projections in the General Plan.
- Each year, a Comprehensive Water Resources Report provides a shorter-term outlook on water supply and demand.
In 2016, the City adopted a Water Rights Dedication and Water Resources Net Zero Policy Ordinance, which requires new development to offset their projected new demands on the City’s water supply by dedicating water rights, implementing extraordinary conservation measures, and/or paying a fee that goes towards paying for future water supply projects, so that existing rate payers do not absorb the entire cost of necessary future water supplies.