The report found that other impacts of the project could be mitigated to a âless than significantâ level, including water.
A well would meet all of the landscaping needs for the project, but the project would still use about 17,752 gallons of city water per day, according to the project’s water neutrality report.
To comply with the city’s water neutrality requirement, the plaintiff is proposing to pay for toilets, shower heads and faucets to be retrofitted in existing homes on St. Helena.
According to a consultant’s report, upgrading 333 homes with new water-saving devices would offset the water demand from the Hunter project. The applicant would pay a fee in lieu of $ 596,808 to finance the renovations, at a cost of $ 1,792.24 per home.
The property sits behind the sea wall which the city completed in 2011 as part of a comprehensive flooding project. The dike was designed to protect against a 200-year flood, but opponents of the Hunter Project have raised concerns about public safety, property damage and liability if the dike fails.
The breakwater’s modern design and construction, as well as the city’s ongoing maintenance, “greatly reduce its potential for failure in a 200-year flood or earthquake,” the report said.
In the “highly unlikely” scenario of crossing the dike, “residents would have ample warning to evacuate before the floods,” the report said. Flooding on project lots would vary from 0 to 5 feet, which “would leave upper floors or residences available for refuge.”