Local Agency Management Program for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS)
Significant Changes in Local Agency Management Program (LAMP) from 2016 Standards
The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on October 18th, and a second reading on October 25th to review proposed amendments to the Santa Cruz County Code Chapter 7.38 (Sewage Disposal) and the General Plan. These amendments are required to bring the county provisions into conformance with state policy and the County’s Local Agency Management Program (LAMP). The LAMP was adopted by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board on October 14, 2021, authorizing the County to implement the LAMP immediately.
A public hearing was held on August 23, and at the second reading on September 13th, the Board of Supervisors recommended three small changes: a clarifying sentence in 7.38.120, changing the date for the requirement of a Point of Sale to July 1, 2023, and a modification regarding enforcement if there is due diligence in pursuing a required repair (last two changes are in 7.38.216). These latest changes are in purple in the Appendix A document listed below. Staff in the Community Development and Infrastructure (CDI) Department have also requested some changes relative to geotechnical review where OWTS are proposed on steep slopes or unstable areas.
The Santa Cruz County Planning Commission held a public hearing on June 22, 2022 of the ordinance and General Plan amendments, requested a couple edits for clarification in the ordinance, and adopted a resolution recommending Board approval.
Since implementing the LAMP, County has identified additional changes to the LAMP that are needed for clarity and effectiveness. These revisions and the ones suggested by the Planning Commission can be seen in the items posted below.
LAMP With Changes to the October 14, 2021 Adopted Version
Appendix A – Chapter 7.38 of Santa Cruz County Code: Sewage Disposal Ordinance with Proposed Changes Based on the Approved LAMP
Appendix C - Summary of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) Requirements with Proposed Changes Based on the Approved LAMP
See below for other LAMP appendices which have no changes from the adopted version.
On October 14, 2021, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (CCRWRCB) approved the Santa Cruz County LAMP. The County Board of Supervisors authorized the submittal of the draft LAMP to the CCRWRCB on August 24, 2021. This draft was revised based on comments received on the June 2021 draft.
LAMP Approved by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, October 14, 2021
Appendix A - Chapter 7.38 of Santa Cruz County Code: Sewage Disposal Ordinance
Appendix B - Chapter 7.42 of Santa Cruz County Code: Septic Tank Pumping and Liquid Waste Transport
Appendix C - Summary of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) Requirements
Appendix D - Enhanced Treatment System Regulations
Appendix E - Septic Tanks, Distribution Boxes, and Chamber Leaching Systems Approved for Use in Santa Cruz County
Appendix F - Site Evaluation and Testing Procedures
Appendix G - State OWTS Policy
Appendix H - LAMP Completeness Checklist
View responses to comments that were received from the public comment draft of June 2021:
Summary of Comments Received on June 2021 Draft of LAMP and County and Regional Board Responses
Next Steps: Board of Supervisor and Coastal Commission Consideration.