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File #: 21-254    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Public Hearing
File created: 3/30/2021 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 4/21/2021 Final action:
Title: WPTA 2021-00002 Water Protection Ordinance Regarding Stream Buffer Regulations. Advertised as Stream Health Initiative - Phase 1a WPO Revisions. To receive public comment on a proposed ordinance to amend County Code Chapter 17, Water Protection. In addition to minor revisions, the proposed ordinance would amend § 17-201 by updating the name of the Facilities and Environmental Services Department; amend the definition of “Agricultural road” in § 17-205 to require construction in compliance with the water quality protection procedures established by the Virginia Department of Forestry; update the Virginia Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse Website hyperlink in the definition of “Best management practice” in § 17-205; amend the definition of “Nonstructure best management practices” in § 17-205 to include “forest and open space;” add a definition of “Forest and Open Space” to § 17-205; amend the definition of “Land disturbance or land disturbing activity” in § 17-205 to include filling; add a d...
Attachments: 1. Att.A - Proposed Ordinance
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AGENDA DATE: 4/21/2021

WPTA 2021-00002 Water Protection Ordinance Regarding Stream Buffer Regulations

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Public hearing to consider the adoption of ordinance to amend the stream buffer regulations in Albemarle County Code Chapter 17, Water Protection

ITEM TYPE: Regular Action Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Kamptner, Herrick, Filardo, McCulley, Pohl

PRESENTER (S): Frank Pohl


REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: With the goal of improving stream health, staff conducted a public review of the County's stream buffer regulations in 2017, culminating in a work session with the Board on December 6, 2017. From October through December of 2018, staff conducted a public engagement process to receive feedback and public comment on the proposed strategies. The proposals that arose from this input were subsequently shared with the Board.

During a work session on January 9, 2019, the Board directed staff to work on nine of the initial thirteen proposals to improve stream health in the County's Development Areas. At a joint work session with the Board and Planning Commission on July 9, 2019, more detailed proposals and staff recommendations were presented and discussed. At a Board work session on November 6, 2019, specific recommendations were presented and the Board provided further direction.

On July 15, 2020, staff returned to the Board with final proposals for consideration, which included the recommendation to phase the adoption of the proposals because of staff resource needs. The Board agreed to implement the proposals that have no or minimal impacts on staff resources.

On March 3, 2021, the Board directed staff to schedule a public hearing to consider the adoption of an ordinance that addresses the first phase of proposals.

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