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1 Article 41 Wastewater Planning Capacity Study To determine whether the Town will vote to adopt a resolution supporting the Town Manager’s allocation of $142,000, or any other sum, of Sewer Improvement Funds to investigate wastewater treatment and capacity management alternatives, including continued conservation measures, to accommodate wastewater flows above and beyond those flows necessary to meet existing requirements resulting from development and re-development under current zoning in a range between 320,000 to 600,000 gallons per day, which represents projected wastewater flows associated with objectives referenced in the Comprehensive Long Range Plan and Planned Production Housing Plan and quantified in the Wastewater Planning Task Force Report dated December 2008, and furthermore request that the Wastewater Planning Task Force return to a future Town Meeting to present recommended alternatives, including any requests for debt authorizations required to implement such wastewater treatment capacity alternatives, or take any other action relative thereto. Finance Committee Presentation

2 Article 41 Wastewater Planning Capacity Study  Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (Received Town Meeting Approval in 2003 Town Meeting Article 36)  Recommended Sewer Extensions to Serve Existing Needs  Growth Neutral Focus in Sewer Extension Areas  Allocation of Remaining Wastewater Treatment Capacity for Future Phases  Comprehensive Long Range Plan (CLRP) & Planned Production Housing Plan (PPHP) - CLRP accepted by BOS and Planning Board in 2005 and PPHP approved by the BOS and State DHCD in  Initiatives recommended for focused re-development in the existing sewer area (specifically the Village Center areas)  Desire to Support Economic Development  Support State Goals and Initiatives Related to Affordable Housing  Integrated Planning Initiative (IPI)  Identify and Quantify Alignment Gaps Related to Smart Growth and Development Initiatives and Wastewater Capacity Limitations Background

3 Article 41 Wastewater Planning Capacity Study  Released Status of Municipal Wastewater Treatment in Concord Report in December 2007  Determined that No Municipal Wastewater Treatment Capacity Existed at the Centralized Treatment Plant to Support CLRP and PPHP Recommendations  Five Critical Questions Raised 1.How much wastewater flow is associated with the desired development or re- development identified in the PPHP and CLRP? 2.For what portion of this flow can and will the Town provide municipal wastewater management options? 3.In what timeframe is this new, municipally handled flow anticipated to be generated? 4.How will the Town fund design and construction costs associated with any future wastewater management solution? 5.Which areas that are currently under-serviced have the highest value to the Town in terms of sustaining continued economic growth through redevelopment and housing? Accomplishments to Date

4 Article 41 Wastewater Planning Capacity Study  Board of Selectman - Creation of Wastewater Planning Task Force (WWPTF) – February 2008  Accomplishments to Date  Meet Monthly or More Often as Necessary  Participants from Board of Selectman, Planning Board, Public Works Commission, Town Manager, Town Staff and Citizens  Meeting Minutes and Reports Posted to Town Website - Public Outreach Meeting Held in August 2008  Examined Various Land Use Planning Scenarios and Potential Development and Redevelopment in Relation to Potential Future Wastewater Flows  Examined the 5 Critical Questions Raised and Provided Answers to Questions 1 and 5 Wastewater Planning Task Force (WWPTF)

5 Article 41 Wastewater Planning Capacity Study  Future Land Use Planning and Focused Build-Out Analysis  West Concord Village Center Focus Area  Concord Center Village Focus Area  Thoreau Street / Sudbury Road -Depot Village Center Focus Area  Wastewater Flow Projections  Assumptions and Findings for Village Center Focus Areas  Build-Out Under Existing Zoning Results in Additional Wastewater Generation of between ~ 61,000 – 118,000 Gallons per Day Title 5 Flow  With Revised Zoning Results in Additional Wastewater Generation of up to ~ 233,000 Gallons per Day Title 5 Flow  Additional Wastewater Capacity Required for:  Future Comprehensive Wastewater Mgmt Plan Phases  Existing Large Flow Sewer Users – Example: Hospital, Academic Institutions, etc.  Baker Avenue  Existing Sewer System Infill and Development Planning and Future Wastewater Needs Quantification

6 Article 41 Wastewater Planning Capacity Study Table 1: Summary of Flow Projections for Existing and Future Needs Present Needs (Under Existing Zoning) Potential Flow Increases (With Revised Zoning and Baker Avenue Sewered) Future CWMP Phase Sewer Extensions98,000 gpd Village Center Neighborhoods61,000 gpd233,000 gpd Baker Avenue Focus Area-57,000 gpd Large Flow Sewer Users75,000 gpd124,000 gpd Infill: Other Non-Residential20,000 gpd Existing Sewer Area Residential22,000 gpd Future Sewer Area Residential44,000 gpd Total320,000 gpd598,000 gpd

7 Article 41 Wastewater Planning Capacity Study  No - Build Alternative  Does Not Translate into “No Action” or “No Growth” Alternative  On-Site Treatment / Disposal of Wastewater Flow Potentially Increases where Possible  Possible Consequences of No-Build Alternative  Sewer Moratorium  Permit Exceedance Resulting in Regulatory Consent Order – EPA / DEP  Legal Challenges / Expenses – Hostile Development  Sewer Capacity Problems  Inability for Town to Support :  Economic Development  Institutional and Regional Facilities  Affordable Housing Objectives and State Requirements  Individual Homeowners’ Residential Expansion - Examples: Bedroom Additions, In-Law Apartments Wastewater Alternatives

8 Article 41 Wastewater Planning Capacity Study  Increase of NPDES Wastewater Discharge Allowance at Existing Wastewater Treatment Plant  Requires Challenging Regulatory Approval Track  Supplemental Groundwater Discharge with Treatment at Existing Wastewater Treatment Plant  Construct New Neighborhood Wastewater Treatment Systems  Construct New Town Wastewater Treatment Plant with Groundwater Discharge  Partner with Private Entities to also Serve Municipal Needs  Demand Management / Capacity Conservation  Explore Regional Partnerships Wastewater Alternatives

9 Article 41 Wastewater Planning Capacity Study  Finalized Wastewater Planning Task Force Report for Presentation of Findings to Town Meeting (completed)  Presented Findings to the Board of Selectman and Recommended a Town Meeting Article to Consider Further Evaluation of Wastewater Management Alternatives (completed)  Seek Town Meeting Support of Town Manager’s Decision to Allocate Funding to Perform Wastewater Capacity Alternatives Analysis  Proposed Article 41 for Spring 2009 Town Meeting Next Steps for Successful Integration

10 Article 41 Wastewater Planning Capacity Study  Increase Town Awareness of Wastewater Capacity Issue  Address Mid-Term and Long-Term Wastewater Capacity Needs of the Town as Quantified in the WWPTF Report  Gain Support of Town to Proceed to Next Phase of Wastewater Planning  Seek Town Meeting Support of Town Managers Decision to Allocate Sewer Improvement Funding to Perform Wastewater Capacity Alternatives Analysis  Require WWPTF to Attend Future Town Meeting to Present Recommended Alternative(s)  Require Future Town Meeting Support for any Debt Authorization to Implement Wastewater Treatment Capacity Alternatives Objectives of Warrant Article

11 Article 41 Wastewater Planning Capacity Study To determine whether the Town will vote to adopt a resolution supporting the Town Manager’s allocation of $142,000, or any other sum, of Sewer Improvement Funds to investigate wastewater treatment and capacity management alternatives, including continued conservation measures, to accommodate wastewater flows above and beyond those flows necessary to meet existing requirements resulting from development and re-development under current zoning in a range between 320,000 to 600,000 gallons per day, which represents projected wastewater flows associated with objectives referenced in the Comprehensive Long Range Plan and Planned Production Housing Plan and quantified in the Wastewater Planning Task Force Report dated December 2008, and furthermore request that the Wastewater Planning Task Force return to a future Town Meeting to present recommended alternatives, including any requests for debt authorizations required to implement such wastewater treatment capacity alternatives, or take any other action relative thereto. Questions ?


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