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Stormwater & Floodplain Management Ordinance Update (Proposed)

What's New - January 2015

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.



Proposed Ordinance (pdf/523kb/39pp)
Current Ordinance


  • Updates the language to make it more clear and concise
  • Allows the current Environmentally Sensitive Lands Ordinance (ESLO) to control the planning and aesthetic considerations of wash modifications
  • Provides 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.
  • Moves drainage requirements for streets to the Design Standards and Policies Manual (DSPM)
  • Makes revisions to stormwater storage requirements, stormwater storage waivers, and in-lieu fees, to allow greater flexibility
  • Provides greater flexibility by allowing interpretations and appeals regarding standard regulations

you can comment in these ways:

  • Attend an open house: Thursday, Feb. 26, 4:30-6 p.m. Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Dr.
  • 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

Check back periodically for updates.