Facts: A builder proposed to build eight single family residences (SFRs) in an area accessible to public water systems, seven of which would be served by private wells. County zoning standards required all lots, whether for affordable or non-affordable housing, to be connected to public water systems whenever available and not served by private wells.

Claim: The builder sought the approval of his project from the county, claiming the lots did not have to comply with zoning regulations since the project did not pertain to affordable housing and therefore did not have to be connected to the public water system.

Counter claim: The county claimed the builder did not comply with zoning regulations since the zoning requirement to connect houses to public water systems applied to all residential units, not only affordable residential housing.

Holding: A California court of appeals held the builder needed to seek further approval and submit a tentative map of the project and additional information to the county since the zoning regulation to connect lots of a subdivision to public water systems whenever available applied to all residential units, not only to affordable housing. [Nicholas Honchariw v. County of Stanislaus et al. (November 15, 2011) 200 CA4th 1066]