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Published on Monday, January 29, 2018

Bill would allow for sewer extensions in rural areas for economic development

SB 6516 specifies that cities may extend storm and sanitary sewer systems in rural areas for allowed uses or in those limited circumstances, to protect basic public health and safety, protect the environment, or encourage economic development by designing and sizing the sewer line so that it may serve only particular structures and not intervening lands.

We expect this bill to encounter opposition, and from a practical standpoint we are not sure how a city would design a sewer line that would meet the requirements of this bill.

SB 6516 is scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Local Government Committee at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, January 30.