Residents are welcome to join the discussion as the Planning Commission and the City Council update the city’s storm and surface water policies and regulations over the next few months. The Planning Commission plans to meet on Sept. 1, Sept. 15, Oct. 6, and Oct. 20 (Surface Water Design Manual and Low Impact Development Code). The City Council plans to meet on Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20, and Oct. 4 (Storm and Surface Water Management Comprehensive Plan) and Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 (Surface Water Design Manual and Low Impact Development Code). All meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The Storm and Surface Water Management Comprehensive Plan sets the framework for policies and levels of service for the stormwater program. This includes program goals, objectives, and action items for maintenance and operations, development review and inspection, capital improvement programs, education and outreach, and local and regional coordination efforts.
To meet state-wide permitting requirements, the city is required to update its Surface Water Design Manual and make changes to its municipal code to make Low Impact Development (LID) the preferred and most commonly used approach to site development.
LID is a storm water management strategy that seeks to mimic natural hydrologic conditions. The traditional approach has been to quickly move storm water away from buildings and roads, and into man-made ponds or vaults, where it is contained and slowly released to downstream waterways. LID, on the other hand, directs rain water into multiple rain gardens or permeable pavements and provides the space and time for surface water to infiltrate in place. This recharges groundwater, and more closely replicates the natural flow into our creeks and wetlands.
Various policies and regulations will be considered as the Planning Commission and City Council consider updates to our Storm and Surface Water Management Comprehensive Plan, Surface Water Design Manual, and Low Impact Development Code in the months ahead. Please join us for these important conversations!