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2017 Virginia General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly has ended their legislation updates for their respective 2017 sessions. As a service to our clients, we have been tracking and posting legislation that may have an impact on your professional decision making. Information about legislation that deals with environmental concerns, solid waste/recycling issues, environmental issues and stormwater management have been gathered and posted to our website for easy access. Postings are available in our DAA Blog and below. For more information please email daa@daa.com and write “legislation” in the subject line.   Virginia General Assembly Calendar:  http://dls.virginia.gov/pubs/calendar/cal2017_2.pdf Bill Tracking: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=171&typ=lnk&val=02&submit=GO   Economic Development: http://www.daa.com/2017-va-economic-development-legislation/ Environmental: http://www.daa.com/2017-environmental-legislation/ Solid Waste: http://www.daa.com/2017-solid-waste-legislation/ Stormwater: http://www.daa.com/2017-stormwater-legislation/ Water and Wastewater: http://www.daa.com/2017-water-and-wastewater-legislation/ ...

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2017 Virginia and North Carolina General Assembly Calendars

The Virginia and North Carolina General Assemblies are preparing to convene soon (VA: Wednesday, January 11, NC: Wednesday, January 25) for their respective 2017 sessions.  As a service to our readers and clients we will continue to track and post legislation that may have an impact on your professional decision making. Information about legislation that deals with environmental concerns, solid waste/recycling issues, environmental issues and stormwater management will be gathered and posted to our website for easy access. Postings will be updated weekly after the sessions convene. Following are links to the Virginia and North Carolina General Assemblies. For more information please email daa@daa.com and write “legislation” in the subject line. Virginia General Assembly Calendar:  http://dls.virginia.gov/pubs/calendar/cal2017_2.pdf Bill Tracking: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=171&typ=lnk&val=02&submit=GO North Carolina General Assembly Calendar/Bill Tracking: http://www.ncleg.net/LegislativeCalendar/LegislativeCalendar.pl  ...

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Virginia Stormwater Management Programs for Non-MS4 Localities May Be Administered by DEQ Pending Legislative Approval

For the past 2 years localities across the Commonwealth have been preparing to locally administer the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) and are becoming increasingly concerned about the costs of implementation. However, with the Senate passing of SB423, it is likely that non-MS4 localities will no longer be required to locally administer the VSMP – these localities will have the option to have the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) administer and enforce the VSMP. Additionally, this Bill provides: Reciprocity with programs in other states for the certification of proprietary best management practices (BMPs) An agreement-in-lieu-of a stormwater management plan, and Updates the hearings and appeals processes Information regarding Senate Bill 423 can be found here: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=141&typ=bil&val=sb423...

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Virginia HB1173 Affecting Stormwater Programs Passes House of Delegates 93-1

Signs are pointing to the Virginia General Assembly adopting HB1173 on the heels of a 93-1 vote on Wednesday in the House of Delegates. HB1173 will allow for non-MS4 localities to opt out of becoming the VSMP Authority and transfer those responsibilities to DEQ. There are other notable revisions to the Virginia Stormwater Management Law provided in HB1173 including: Incorporation of an "agreement in lieu of" for construction of a single-family residence, A provision for non-MS4 localities to opt out of serving asVSMP authority, A requirement that the State enforce state permits, Reciprocity with “…programs in other states for the certification of proprietary best management practices,” and Updates to the hearings and appeals processes. Yesterday, the Senate referred HB1173 to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources. The latest version of the Bill and revisions included in HB1173 can be found at http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB1173H2...

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2014 Virginia Stormwater Legislation

For those not already following these Bills, here are links to several important legislative Bills in the 2014 Virginia General Assembly that will have an important impact on how localities as well as the general public - home and business owners as well as developers - may be impacted by ongoing changes to stormwater programs and policies in Virginia. Legislation related to the delayed implementation of VSMP Local Programs for MS4 localities: House Bill 697 (HB 697) Patron Delegates Poindexter, Helsel, Fariss, Peace and Ramadan and Senator: Stosch http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB697 House Bill 1071 (HB 1071) Patron Delegate Fariss http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB1071 House Bill 1117 (HB 1117) Patron Delegate Wright http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB1117 Senate Bill 530 (SB 530) Patron Senator Hanger http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+SB530 Other proposed stormwater legislation: Senate Bill 53 (SB 53) Patrons Senators Stuart and Smith  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+SB53  - Waiver of stormwater charges for places of worship House Bill 261 (HB 261) Patron Delegate Scott http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB261 - Stormwater management program; regulations; single-family residence House Bill 649 (HB 649) Patron Delegate...

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Localities Propose Legislation to Delay Implementation of New Stormwater Programs

[caption id="attachment_1251" align="alignleft" width="230"] Photo Credit - Rex Springston/Times Dispatch[/caption] Though local stormwater programs have been debated for many years, a July 1, 2014 deadline for the implementation of new stormwater management programs to be administered by Virginia localities is the target of proposed legislation in the 2014 session of the General Assembly. Groups including the Virginia Association of Counties who represents Virginia’s 95 counties by unanimous vote of its membership in November voted to support a one-year delay, to July 2015. While localities argue that the timeframe to implement these new programs has been too tight to meet the 2014 deadline, groups including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation say that the time is now to act and that "We do not need to delay any more.” Both sides of the arguement recognize that stormwater programs should include a sustainable funding model. Relying solely on fees charged for new development exposes localities to revenue swings...

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The Shared Responsibility of TMDL Planning

As legislation continues to be deliberated by the Virginia General Assembly, local officials in central Virginia are taking some of the first steps to comply with EPA guidance. Still, many land owners- both private and public entities - contest that EPA standards unfairly impact each of them. How can we make sense of these views? The following article published in Charlottesville Tomorrow, a non-profit organization which focuses attention on growth and development issues before local government in the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle published the following article citing viewpoints from the Southern Environmental Law Center, the American Farm Bureau Federation, as well as a representative from Albemarle County.  http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2011/02/tmdl-update.html...

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