Beginning in April 2004, the Stakeholders group met 32 times over 18 months to tailor the language of the suggested ordinance to balance local environmental goals and development goals.
On September 22, 2005, Stakeholders reached consensus on a draft Post-Construction ordinance
In late 2006 and early 2007, elected officials in Mecklenburg County and the six Towns voted to adopt a Post-Construction Storm Water Ordinance for areas under their respective zoning control. Some Town Boards made slight modifications to the Stakeholders' recommendations to meet the individual needs of their jurisdictions.
In March and April 2007, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources reviewed each of the seven Ordinances to ensure compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit requirements.
The Stakeholders were charged with reaching consensus on ordinance language that meets the following goals:
1. Achieve compliance with the Phase I and Phase II NPDES Storm Water Permit requirement for post construction pollution control, as applied to the respective jurisdictions. See the County/Towns' Phase II Storm Water Management Permit.
2. Satisfactorily address the storm water pollution control criteria specified by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Yadkin River Watershed.
3. Satisfactorily address the causes of impairment identified in the N.C. 2002 Integrated 305(b) and 303(d) Report for surface waters in Mecklenburg County in assessment categories 4a, 4, 5 and 6 when the potential sources of water quality impairment are identified as "urban runoff/storm sewers."
4. Satisfactorily address detention measures for the control of storm water volumes and peaks associated with new construction.
Download the Stakeholders' Final Report.
The purpose of the Post-Construction Storm Water Ordinances is to protect, maintain, and enhance the public health, safety, environmental, and general welfare by establishing minimum requirements and procedures to control the adverse effects of increased post-construction storm water runoff and non-point source pollution associated with new development and redevelopment.
For more information, visit the State Division of Water Quality website.