Stormwater & Floodplain Management Ordinance Update (Proposed)
What's New - January 2014
In August 2012, the City Council approved regulatory agency-required amendments to the city’s Stormwater and Floodplain Management Ordinance.
We are now seeking public input regarding proposed revisions to the city-governed portions of the ordinance. Because these are not subject to federal or state regulations, the city has the flexibility to establish regulations specific to its needs. The following modifications are proposed:
- Article II, Stormwater Regulation: Completely new and the focus of public outreach.
- Article IV, Enforcement: Minor changes proposed.
- Article V, Interpretations, Appeals and Variances: Some changes proposed, mostly to restructure the article to separate FEMA floodplain management from the city’s stormwater regulations.
Highlighted proposed changes:
- Update the language to make it more clear and concise
- Allow the current Environmentally Sensitive Lands Ordinance (ESLO) to control the planning and aesthetic considerations of wash modifications
- Provide the Transportation Director flexibility to consider allowing wet (also known as dip) roadway crossings of watercourses where there is no increased risk of structural flooding.
- Move drainage requirements for streets to the Design Standards and Policies Manual (DSPM)
- Make revisions to stormwater storage requirements, stormwater storage waivers, and in-lieu fees, to allow greater flexibility
- Provide greater flexibility by allowing interpretations and appeals regarding standard regulations
you can comment in these ways:
- Attend an open house: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4:30 to 6 p.m., at Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Drive
- Email: Ashley Couch
- Call: Ashley Couch at 480-312-4317
- Write: Ashley Couch, Stormwater Manager, 7447 E. Indian School Road, Suite 125, Scottsdale, AZ 85251