Easy or Not, the Development of Local Stormwater Programs Charges Forth


Local stormwater management programs will soon be coming to a locality near you, namely, to all of them.

As the state’s new stormwater permitting regime for construction projects shifts to the local level, the many different components of these programs, from the ordinances that will establish them, to the staff that will administer and enforce them, to the funds that will pay for them, are currently being developed at break-neck pace. All of these complexities in the development of local programs, and more, were discussed yesterday during the second meeting of the Department of Conservation and Recreations’ Stormwater Local Government Advisory Committee meeting. The group is trying to identify issues and processes that will lead to a successful transition of the current state administered program, to the local level.

For some localities, this may just mean modifying existing programs. For others however, particularly those west of I-95 where stormwater programs and Chesapeake Bay Act criteria have not been imposed, adoption of such programs is a wholesale change to the way development has been regulated at the local level. Localities have until July 1, 2014, to have such programs in place. This means local staff will need to be trained, ordinances will need to be developed and debated, and funding sources for program implantation identified. That is a lot of work to do in a very short time. Additionally, because those charged with training local staff are still receiving necessary training themselves, and because local funding will not be considered until the next fiscal year budget cycle beginning June 1, 2013, two of the most important components of such programs are essentially at a stand-still.

Please see full article below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Sands Anderson PC | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Sands Anderson PC on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.