Last week we had 2 special tasks/events which demonstrate how we continue to look out for our members.
First, we will be participating with New Castle County, they invited us and the engineers (ACEC Delaware) to a workshop later this month to help review and update several development requirement checklists (sediment and stormwater submissions, record plan engineering checklist, and retaining wall checklists). By having a say in the checklists, we can help ensure that requirements are fair and reasonable, and help improve the land development plan.
Our other, we attended a Public Service Commission meeting last Thursday afternoon, where they agreed to develop a process and procedure for water companies to notify developers when there may be additional offsite costs related to new projects. These costs, called Category 1B costs, are known as Contributions in Aid of Construction (CIAC), and are the offsite facility costs directly assignable to a specific project. Recently there was a project in which the communications of these CIAC costs did not occur and the developer faced several hundred thousand dollars of unforeseen CIAC costs, after the fact, for a new project. As HBADE and several of our members have been involved with this matter over the last several months, the PSC has agreed to forward a draft of the proposed order for our input.