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Stormwater Utility Approved by Roanoke City Council

Well, it’s now official – the City of Roanoke adopted a stormwater utility.   All that remains is adoption of a fee structure and a possible phasing plan for implementation of the fees.  The next questions are 1) Will the Council approve the fees as recommended by staff? and 2) Will this move stiimulate surrounding local governments to follow suit? (And how soon?)  Read more about the Roanoke City Council’s approval of the stormwater utility ordinance here...

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City Council Asks for Revisions to Proposed Stormwater Utility Program

Many municipalities are searching for ways to comply with and pay for the new requirements under the Virginia Stormwater Management Regulations by July 1, 2014.   The City of Charlottesville held a public hearing on January 22 to obtain citizen input on their proposed stormwater utility fee.  The proposed rate range is between $2.30 and $3.25 per 1,000 square feet of impervious area on the site.  The high end of the range would cover anticipated $2.5 million in expenditures in the storm water program, while the lower end would cover improvements not currently in the general fund.  The fee is proposed to be placed in the Water Resources Protection Fund and used for improvement to stormwater facilities. The improvements are needed for regulatory compliance, maintenance and drainage improvement projects. Council meeting news coverage was provided by Charlottesville Tomorrow and can be reviewed here: http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/13945-council-stormwater/ To learn more about the City's Water Resources Protection Program, follow this...

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Another Virginia Locality Ponders Stormwater Utility Fee

Earlier this week, members of the Falls Church City Council heard from representatives of the Public Works Department that addressing the City's stormwater infrastructure needs may require a new revenue source. The first reading of a storm water utility ordinance is scheduled for the City Council meeting of Nov. 13. Read more from the Falls Church News-Press below Read more at FCNP.com: http://www.fcnp.com/news/12775-fc-council-begins-mulling-dedicated-fund-for-storm-water-issues.html#ixzz29TGFiZft...

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Fairfax County Reveals One Path to a New Stormwater Ordinance

Follow along as Fairfax County moves forward with plans for their revised stormwater management ordinance. In order to do this, the County is taking a very participatory approach to gather information and feedback that will be used to develop the new ordinance as well as design and construction standards for stormwater control practices. Stakeholder organizations are invited to designate representatives to participate in small group sessions to provide feedback that will be used to help form recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Individuals may also self-nominate for the small group work sessions. The first of these sessions is scheduled for September 24th. More information about the ordinance change, Virginia stormwater law, the Department of Conservation & Recreation's (DCR) current Virginia Stormwater Management Plans (VSMP) permit process which the County will assume, and a recent presentation by Fairfax County outlining this process can be found here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/stormwaterordinance.htm...

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