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“One-Stop Shop” Wanted for Stormwater Plans

It appears that legislation to reverse the requirement for all localities to administer the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) will pass in the General Assembly; however, many non-MS4 localities are planning to ‘opt-in’ to having a local VSMP, instead of having DEQ take it over. Why? One word – Control – control over plan review and inspection outcomes and timeframes. These ‘opt-in’ localities have enough development projects to justify the additional staff and resources to manage the VSMP. Additionally these localities see the advantage to providing a ‘one-stop shop’ for their owners and developers. http://www.nbc29.com/story/24756628/greene-county-to-adopt-stormwater-management-plan...

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Virginia Stormwater Management Programs for Non-MS4 Localities May Be Administered by DEQ Pending Legislative Approval

For the past 2 years localities across the Commonwealth have been preparing to locally administer the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) and are becoming increasingly concerned about the costs of implementation. However, with the Senate passing of SB423, it is likely that non-MS4 localities will no longer be required to locally administer the VSMP – these localities will have the option to have the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) administer and enforce the VSMP. Additionally, this Bill provides: Reciprocity with programs in other states for the certification of proprietary best management practices (BMPs) An agreement-in-lieu-of a stormwater management plan, and Updates the hearings and appeals processes Information regarding Senate Bill 423 can be found here: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=141&typ=bil&val=sb423...

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Virginia HB1173 Affecting Stormwater Programs Passes House of Delegates 93-1

Signs are pointing to the Virginia General Assembly adopting HB1173 on the heels of a 93-1 vote on Wednesday in the House of Delegates. HB1173 will allow for non-MS4 localities to opt out of becoming the VSMP Authority and transfer those responsibilities to DEQ. There are other notable revisions to the Virginia Stormwater Management Law provided in HB1173 including: Incorporation of an "agreement in lieu of" for construction of a single-family residence, A provision for non-MS4 localities to opt out of serving asVSMP authority, A requirement that the State enforce state permits, Reciprocity with “…programs in other states for the certification of proprietary best management practices,” and Updates to the hearings and appeals processes. Yesterday, the Senate referred HB1173 to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources. The latest version of the Bill and revisions included in HB1173 can be found at http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB1173H2...

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2014 Virginia Stormwater Legislation

For those not already following these Bills, here are links to several important legislative Bills in the 2014 Virginia General Assembly that will have an important impact on how localities as well as the general public - home and business owners as well as developers - may be impacted by ongoing changes to stormwater programs and policies in Virginia. Legislation related to the delayed implementation of VSMP Local Programs for MS4 localities: House Bill 697 (HB 697) Patron Delegates Poindexter, Helsel, Fariss, Peace and Ramadan and Senator: Stosch http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB697 House Bill 1071 (HB 1071) Patron Delegate Fariss http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB1071 House Bill 1117 (HB 1117) Patron Delegate Wright http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB1117 Senate Bill 530 (SB 530) Patron Senator Hanger http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+SB530 Other proposed stormwater legislation: Senate Bill 53 (SB 53) Patrons Senators Stuart and Smith  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+SB53  - Waiver of stormwater charges for places of worship House Bill 261 (HB 261) Patron Delegate Scott http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB261 - Stormwater management program; regulations; single-family residence House Bill 649 (HB 649) Patron Delegate...

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Virginia Stormwater Programs Now Under VDEQ

This week (effective July 1, 2013) The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) became the lead agency for developing and implementing statewide nonpoint source pollution control programs consolidating these programs with otherenvironmental and water programs that ahave been managed by VDEQ. The Virginia Stormwater Management Program had been managed by the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR.) How do youy think that the new operational and organizational structure will benefit stormwater and environmental programs and policy? Visit the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Stormwater Management web site at: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx...

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James City County Developers to See New Fees in 2014

The EPA is mandating stricter stormwater management regulations in Virginia, particularly in response to the Chesapeake Bay TMDL – and word about the upcoming changes to the Virginia Stormwater Management Program permit requirements and increased fees are starting to trickle out. The jury is still out on how much the regulations and its fees will deter development after implementation in July 2014, but localities, like James City County, are starting the process to educate elected officials and the public now to minimize surprises in the future. Read more about James City County’s efforts here: http://wydaily.com/2013/03/03/jcc-developers-to-face-new-stormwater-fees-regulations/...

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The Time is Now to Comment on Proposed Stormwater Regulations

March 28th began the 30-day comment period for the proposed Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permit Regulations (Parts 1, 2 & 3.) This reflects the final opportunity to comment on the recommended changes that came out of the Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP) convened by the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR.)   Prior to presentation of the revised final recommendations to the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board (VSWCB), DCR is soliciting public comment on the proposed revisions to the regulations. Please follow this link to review the complete document as well as the history of previous RAP meetings and the proposed regulations that preceeded the formation of the RAP. The comment period will end at 5 p.m. on April 27, 2011. Anyone wishing to submit comments may do so by mail, facsimile or e-mail. Comments may be mailed to: Regulatory Coordinator Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation 203 Governor Street, Suite 302 Richmond, VA 23219 Comments may also be...

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What’s Happening with the Virginia Stormwater Management Program?

If you are trying to keep up with the latest changes associated with the draft Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permit Regulations Parts I, II and III (4 VAC 50-60) please read on for a concise summary of where the regulations currently stand. ◊  Proposed Implementation Schedule USEPA issued final Chesapeake TMDL on December 29, 2010. General Assembly requires new regulations 280 days from final Chesapeake Bay TMDL – October 7, 2011. Localities have no sooner than 15 months and not more than 21 months after regulations are effective to adopt new regulations  or provide 6 months’ notice for the request to turn review authority over to DCR. The following are the highlights of the latest DRAFT of the regulation regarding water quality and quantity control,   The draft regulation can be found at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/lr2d.shtml.   Note:  These are subject to revision by the Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP), DCR, and the General Assembly.   The next RAP meeting is...

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