Environmental Sustainability Board off to a good start

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By Jennifer Garcia

The Environmental Sustainability Board seems to be off and running. They held their third meeting as a group Sept. 18 in the conference room of the Community Building, where they handled a few orders of business.

The ESB staff is currently working on an implementation plan for the Sustainability Initiative. The Board decided that the work plan should be adjusted to match the implementation plan.

The work plan will be updated by staff and brought to the next meeting in October.

Maria Wolf, liaison from the Planning and Zoning Commission was present at the Sept. 18 meeting of the ESB. She stated that the P&Z commission has had two environmental sustainability-related workshops.

During the first workshop, the P&Z discussed the general concept of sustainable development. Wolf said the P&Z expressed interest in solar power, water conservation and incorporation of sustainability concepts and practices into development code.

Wolf said that the purpose of the second workshop was to review the proposed new water wise landscape code.

During the meeting, the question of whether the landscape water use was under the purview of P&Z was posed. Wolf said that P&Z has jurisdiction over landscaping on sites that require site plan reviews, mainly commercial sites.