Infrastructure – Meeting Notes March 3rd 2022 (with video)

Published On: March 3rd, 2022Categories: Focus Team Updates, Infrastructure

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Focus Team: Infrastructure Meeting #5: Energy Options (continued) and Stormwater Options

Date and Location: Thursday, March 3, 2022 – 443 Oak Nonprofit Center and Zoom

Estimated Attendance: 15

Guiding Questions:  

  • What energy options should be considered to align with the Climate Action Plan? • What precedent projects should be considered as models for Brown Ranch’s approach to energy  supply and conservation?
  • How do investments in the energy infrastructure inform phasing of Brown Ranch? • What role does energy play in:
  1. Health Equity?
  2. Sustainability?
  3. Project Economics?
  4. Urban Design?
  • What approaches to stormwater and snow storage best address water quality and habitat? • What precedent projects should be considered as models for Brown Ranch’s approach to  stormwater?

Key Technical Information Shared:  

Virginia Harmon from YVEA provided an important clarification regarding the article published in  Steamboat Pilot and the previous Infrastructure Team meeting: YVEA has capacity to serve more homes  in its coverage area, but the area near Brown Ranch is limited. Without making any upgrades to  electrical infrastructure, YVEA could serve ~15 houses at Brown Ranch today. If Brown Ranch will be  grid-tied, infrastructure upgrades are necessary, starting with construction of a new substation to feed  Brown Ranch.

Paul Bony, technical consultant from YVSC, continued his presentation from the previous week  regarding energy options at Brown Ranch. See attached slides and recording of the presentation here:

Ryan Spaustat, technical consultant from Landmark Consulting, presented a big picture overview of stormwater options. See memo attached. Key takeaway: we have an opportunity to integrate creative  storm water capture and conveyance systems into the overall design of Brown Ranch, with a goal of  limiting impervious surfaces as much as possible to increase infiltration and groundwater recharge. In a  natural state, 5% of stormwater runs off and 95% infiltrates. When you develop land, there is an  inversion and an average 5% of water infiltrates and 95% runs off.