Consider Appeal of District Staff’s Decision that Rule 24-G, Special Circumstances, Does Not Apply to Storage Pro Self Storage Facility (Mirabito),APNs 169-131-002 & 003 MPWMD Board of Directors August 15, 2005 Item 6 U/demandword/boardpack/2005/august/mirabito
Summary • Mr. Steve Mirabito is appealing a decision of the General Manager denying a finding of “special circumstances” as allowed by Rule 24-G. • Mr. Mirabito’s project is a 62,900 square-feet “Storage Pro Self Storage” facility in Carmel Valley. • The applicant contends that the facility should be given “special circumstances” (i.e., a reduced water use factor) because the District’s factor is outdated and based on high flow fixtures and non-drought tolerant landscaping. • Mr. Mirabito has not submitted sufficient evidence to support an adjusted demand for self-storage facilities.
Summary District Rule 24-G allows the General Manager to make an adjustment to the connection charge “based upon projected use figures which are clearly more accurate and reliable (based upon historical use or other hard documentation) than the regional average methodology used to substantiate the fixture unit or projected water use category methods. Calculation of any charge shall be made by use of regional averages should any reasonable question arise with respect to the projected use figures for a particular expansion/extension permit or amended permit.”
Recommendation • Staff recommends denial of this appeal and adoption of the Findings of Denial shown as Exhibit 6-D. • This recommendation is made due to the fact that: • There is a current factor for self-storage facilities, • The applicant has not provided historical use or other hard documentation to support a different factor, and • Rule 24-G states that the “calculation of any charge shall be made by use of the regional averages should any reasonable question arise with respect to the projected use figures for a particular….permit or amended permit.”