State Legislative Calendar: The two-year session starts the second Monday in January and normally lasts until close to the end of April of the following year. The Legislative rules provide that the Legislature adjourn no later than Saturday of the week in which the 100th day of the session falls. However, the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate may extend the session for an extra seven days.
History: Currently, according to the Water Adequacy Program as established in A.R.S. §45-108, subdivision developers are required to obtain a determination from the state regarding the availability and quality of water supplies before marketing lots. This law applies to new subdivisions located outside of Active Management Areas (AMAs). Subdivision developers may obtain a determination by applying to the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) for a water adequacy report. If the water supply is of adequate quality and satisfies the proposed demands for at least 100 years, the water supply is deemed “adequate.” Groundwater must meet depth limitations currently set at 1,200 feet after 100 years in communities serviced by a water company and 400 feet in dry lot subdivisions. If the water supply fails to meet these standards, it is deemed “inadequate” and must be noted on all promotional material. Properties that are located within an AMA must adhere to a stricter Assured Water Supply Program. As contained in §45-576, assured water supply entails a sufficient water supply of adequate quality that will be continuously available to satisfy the demands of the proposed use for a minimum of 100 years. Groundwater use must be consistent with the management plan of the AMA to be considered “assured.” Furthermore, assured water means that there is a demonstrated financial capability to construct the necessary infrastructure to supply water for the proposed uses including a delivery system and any storage facilities or treatment works. Currently, real estate brokers are not required to disclose the water supply status for residential properties, a requirement established by HB 2141. (Source:
(a) documentation showing that the municipality examined a range of alternative green building
(b) an explanation of the basis and purpose by which the municipality selected its preferred
(c) the estimated material and installation costs for each proposed green building component.
(d) any projected reduction in energy, water, sewer capacity and project material use, including
(e) any estimated time needed to recover the material and installation costs for each component.
(f) the impact on new home prices and low income home buyers.
2. Prohibits a municipality or any other political subdivision from:
(a) requiring, as a condition of any land use or approval, that a landowner participate in any
(b) denying any land use approval for not participating or installing any green building
3. Prohibits a city or town from adopting a land use regulation or imposing any condition for issuance of a building or use permit or other approval that violates this legislation.
4. Specifies that this legislation does not affect any green building program adopted before January 1, 2008.
Background: The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) consists of more than 7,500 organizations from every sector of the building industry with the purpose of transforming the building marketplace to sustainability. Members of the USGBC developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings by recognizing five key areas of human and environmental health: (1) sustainable site development; (2) water savings; (3) energy efficiency; (4) materials selection and (5) indoor environmental quality. A number of municipalities have adopted ordinances through their building codes that address and encourage energy efficiency. For example, the City of
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