Town of Chapel Hill North Carolina Executive Summary
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Meeting Date: 4/15/2013

Title of Agenda Item: Consider a Proposed Resolution and Ordinance Amendment to Modify Certain Stormwater Management Requirements for Existing Single- and Two-Family Dwelling Units.  (R-2) (O-1) (R-3)

Council Goal: Focus on Economic Development, Land Use, and Transportation for a Balanced and Sustainable Future

Background: The Town's stormwater management rules, adopted as part of the 2003 LUMO, formerly required engineered stormwater management controls for individual single-family and two-family lots that created 5,000 square feet or greater of land disturbance, and for all commercial developments regardless of disturbed area. The land disturbance threshold for single- and two-family lots was raised to 20,000 square feet of land disturbance in December 2012 for new homes plus the performance standard provision that new home construction utilize practices to discharge runoff in a diffuse, non-erosive manner. At that time, Council asked staff to provide procedures whereby the new stormwater management text amendments could also be extended to owners of existing single- and two-family homes that were constructed under the standards in place prior to December 2012. Staff has since developed the necessary procedures in consultation with the Town Attorney and is now requesting Council action to authorize implementation of the same.

Fiscal Note: The cost of providing on-site stormwater management facilities for individual single-family and two-family residential lots was a significant expense under the old standards. The interpretation and administration of said regulations also demand significant staff resources. A consistent regulatory framework that is easier to implement and understand, that places all single- and two-family homes on an equivalent footing will provide cost savings to the Town and to residents.

Recommendations: That the Council open a public hearing, receive comments, close the Public Hearing, adopt Resolution A, and enact the attached Ordinance.

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Manager Cover Memorandum
Staff Memorandum
Resolution A
Resolution B
Ordinance Amendment