Subsection II - Infrastructure

Section 240: Standards for Utilities

240.1 Intent

The intent of this Section is to ensure that all types of development have adequate utilities to provide for and maintain civil standards of living in terms of sanitation and power.  Communication is encouraged however, it is not required.

240.2 Requirement

All development in the Town of Rangely shall have adequate water, sewer and power to provide for cleanliness, cooking and heating.  This is determined as:

  • Water service provided by the Town;
  • Sewer disposal provided by the Town or approved onsite wastewater disposal, and;
  • Source of power either through fossil or renewable resources.

240.3 Public Utilities

For the purpose of this Section, a Public Utility is defined to be a water, irrigation, sewer, gas, electric, and/or telephone, as might apply.  Town owned and operated utilities are governed by rules outlined in Title 13 of the Rangely Municipal Code and apply in addition to the standards outlined herein.  Other public and private utilities are governed through their operating standards.  Development shall meet all requirements lawfully imposed by those providing utility service as a condition of approval.  In addition, public utility installations are subject to the following requirements.

Distribution, transmission, and service lines are required to have simple easements or be installed in public rights-of-way under a franchise agreement.   Basic utility components (lines, stands, etc) are not subject to zoning requirements.
Utility service facilities, the major use of which involves office, manufacturing., warehousing, storage or maintenance functions, shall be developed and/or maintained in accordance with the zoning provisions the same as any other private firm that has similar operations.
Special utility facilities, such as water reservoirs, sewage lagoons, pumping stations, electric sub-stations, towers, and other component equipment installations require a conditional use permit.
These regulations shall in no way prohibit the installation of temporary facilities of the types described above in cases of emergency conditions provided, within a reasonable period of time, application is made for the installation of permanent facilities.

240.4 Utility Ownership and Easement Rights

In any case, when there is installation of water, sewer, electrical power, telephone, or cable television facilities and the facilities shall be owned, operated, or maintained by a public utility or any entity other than the property owner and/or developer, the property owner and/or developer shall transfer to such utility or entity the necessary ownership or easement rights to enable the utility or entity to operate and maintain such facilities.  Further the Town recognizes that all installations of water, sewer, electrical power, telephone, or cable television facilities constructed prior to the adoption of this section of the LUC have easements established, whether or not recorded with the Town of Rangely or the Rio Blanco County Clerk and Recorder.

240.5 Determining Design and Construction Compliance in Development of Utilities

Primary responsibility for determining whether a proposed development will comply with the standard set forth above can lie with an agency other than the Town, and the developer must comply with the detailed standards and specifications of such other agency.  Whenever any such agency requires detailed construction or design drawings before giving its official approval to the proposed system, the authority issuing an approval under this Code may rely upon a preliminary review by such agency of the basic design elements of the proposed system to determine compliance with this Section.  Construction of such system may not be commenced until the detailed plans and specifications have been reviewed and appropriate approvals issued by such agency and such have been verified with the administrators.

240.6 Power

Every principal use and every lot shall have available to it a source of power adequate to accommodate the reasonable needs of such use and/or every lot within any subdivision.  Compliance with this requirement shall consist of a plan that meets the needs of the proposed development and, if applicable, certified by the service provider.  Any off-grid facilities shall be certified by a qualified engineer that the plan as proposed meets the needs of the development as proposed and as might be reasonably expanded.

240.7 Communication

Every principal use and every lot shall have a plan for the provision of communication services adequate to accommodate the reasonable needs of such use and/or lots within any subdivision.  Compliance with this requirement shall consist of a plan that meets and outlines the intent and needs of the proposed development and, if applicable, certified by the service provider.  

240.8 Utilities To Be Consistent With Internal and External Development

  • Whenever it can reasonably be anticipated that utility facilities constructed in one development will be extended to serve other adjacent or nearby developments, such utility facilities (e.g., water or sewer lines) shall be located and constructed so that extensions can be made conveniently and without undue burden or expense or unnecessary duplication of service.
  • All utility facilities shall be constructed in such a manner as to minimize interference with pedestrian or vehicular traffic and to facilitate maintenance without undue damage to improvements or facilities located within the development.

240.9 As-Built Drawings Required

Whenever a developer installs or causes to be installed any utility line in any public right-of-way, the developer shall, as soon as practicable after installation is complete and before acceptance of any water or sewer line, furnish the Town with a copy of a drawing that shows the exact location of such utility lines.  The utility service provider must verify such drawings as accurate.  Compliance with this requirement shall be a condition of the continued validity of the approval authorizing such development.