City Council, during their regular meeting on Monday, March 25, approved the early end to a 12-month moratorium on the acceptance of new development applications for projects proposed for the area generally north of 92nd Avenue in Westminster. The moratorium on new development applications included the area served by the Big Dry Creek Sewer Interceptor (BDCIS) and was put in place in July 2018.

The development moratorium will be removed effective Monday, April 29.

A 2015 study indicated that several segments of the BDCIS were reaching the end of their useful lifespan and/or had insufficient capacity to support continued development and redevelopment in the area. While plans to rehabilitate the pipeline were already underway more recent modeling indicated a need to address the interceptor conditions sooner than originally planned. Therefore, both field surveys and new engineering studies were conducted during the moratorium period. The results of these studies serve as the basis for a staff recommendation to remove the moratorium.

Work will continue over the next several years to address sewer capacity in the Big Dry Creek Basin area. The next step includes an intense re-design of the sewer system to assure sewer demands are not impacted in the future. The total project cost is $35 million, with construction to begin in 2020 through 2022.

Get more information on the moratorium.