Why Palm Bay Needs to expand its utilities infrastructure
As mandated in the City of Palm Bay’s Comprehensive Plan, high density residential development shall be located in conformance with the Future Land Use Map, with direct access to arterial and collector roadways, with access to employment centers, recreation, and commercial facilities and shall be serviced by centralized water and sewer facilities. The plan also states that the City of Palm Bay is to coordinate residential development with a comprehensive capital improvements program and with other plans and programs regarding essential facilities and services.
The City shall adopt land development regulations to protect aquifer recharge areas and potable water wellfields from the adverse impacts of development. The City is to develop and adopt land development regulations that provide for the use of Planned Unit Developments (PUD) or other land development controls to protect and preserve historic resources. New development shall bare a fair share of the cost of improvements.
One of the most critical elements in the Comprehensive plan is the infrastructure expansion for Drinking (potable) water and Sanitary Sewer. The goals, objectives and policies call for the expansion of the water/sewer infra-structure that will meet the present and future needs of Palm Bay residents.
The City is to update the Water Master Plan that establishes priorities for correcting any existing facility deficiencies, as well as, projecting present and future water demand and supply, creating alternatives for meeting drinking (potable) water needs, including water distribution and fire flow needs.
The City is to provide for adequate sanitary sewer services and needed public facilities and services that meet current and future needs while maximizing existing facilities, protecting the environment, and promoting orderly, and compact urban growth.
The City of Palm Bay shall continue to promote and to develop public education programs to establish an awareness of the need for water conservation and to effect a reduction in home water use. Topical information should include lawn irrigation, planting and landscaping with native flora, water saving devices and commercial/industrial recycling programs.