The intent of new stormwater utility fees being implemented by the City of Roanoke is twofold:
- New Revenue Source – Stormwater utility fees will provide revenue to fund stormwater improvement projects. These projects are geared to correct past deficiencies (undersized conveyance systems and/or flooding problems) and/or to implement stormwater quality improvement projects throughout the City. These improvements are necessitated by the City’s new municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit and the Virginia Stormwater Management Program regulations.
- Encourage Conservation Projects and Low Impact Development – Homeowners and businesses alike can implement best management practice (BMP) facilities on their property to mitigate the impact that development on their property has on local drainage areas and the entire watershed..
In an interview with Roanoke City engineer Phil Schirmer, he shares some of the ways that property owners can implement strategies to reduce their stormwater footprint and reduce the fee that they will pay to the City under new stormwater utility fee programs.