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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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DAA Weekly Reading List: Lasting Positive Impact, Maps, & Legislation

  What’s new and noteworthy this week in the engineering and design world? At Draper Aden Associates, we’re following these stories and think you should too! Lasting, Positive Impact It feels fantastic when we achieve our goal of making a lasting, positive impact in the communities in which we work and live in. It’s even better when we are recognized with a prestigious award such as the 2016 Pinnacle Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia. Read more about the preservation of a beloved community landmark, the East End Theater of Richmond, at http://www.acecva.org/2016-pinnacle-award-winner.         A Close Up From Space Bright colors can always be counted on to grab children’s attention and a larger than life satellite map with enhanced hues is getting the attention of little ones at the Blacksburg Children’s Museum.  The geospatial display is part of an exciting new weather exhibit in development. Partnering with the museum and the College...

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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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Albemarle County’s Draft Water Protection Ordinance Advancing

Albemarle County staff have been working to meet State DEQ-mandated deadlines regarding stormwater regulations. In the coming months there will be one opportunity prior to the June 13th implementation deadline on May 15th to ask questions and provide comments to the County on how these regulations and new ordinances will affect the citizens and development community in the County. Currently, there are multiple bills in the General Assembly seeking to delay the implementation schedule so that localities can  better complete the planning process as well as receive input and feedback from their local communities. Please follow the link below to read more from Cville Magazine including viewpoints of several individuals representing organizations on various sides of the discussion. Please share your thoughts as well by commenting below. http://www.c-ville.com/going-clear-albemarles-complex-costly-quandary-over-stormwater-management/...

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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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