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Lake County, MN Stormwater Ordinance (306-star10-08)

Lake County, MN Stormwater Ordinance (306-star10-08)

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The Lake County Planning and Zoning Department determined that current land use ordinance language addressing storm water regulation was in need of an upgrade. Storm water issues have historically been addressed under Article 8, entitled Hydrology and included wetland regulation. By separating wetland regulation from storm water management and drafting less prescriptive language, ordinance language was simplified in understanding, procedures, and intent.
The Lake County Planning and Zoning Department determined that current land use ordinance language addressing storm water regulation was in need of an upgrade. Storm water issues have historically been addressed under Article 8, entitled Hydrology and included wetland regulation. By separating wetland regulation from storm water management and drafting less prescriptive language, ordinance language was simplified in understanding, procedures, and intent.

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Published by: Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program on Mar 13, 2010
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Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program
LAKE SUPERIOR BASIN PROTECTION
 WALT VAN DEN HEUVEL, LAND USE SPECIALIST
 JULY 15, 2009
Project No.306-STAR10-08
Contract No. B23145
This project was funded in part under the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA’sOffice of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, in cooperation with Minnesota’sLake Superior Coastal Program.
 
 
IntroductionThe Lake County Planning and Zoning Department determined that current land useordinance language addressing storm water regulation was in need of an upgrade. Stormwater issues have historically been addressed under Article 8, entitled Hydrology andincluded wetland regulation. By separating wetland regulation from storm watermanagement and drafting less prescriptive language, ordinance language was simplifiedin understanding, procedures, and intent. This draft ordinance has also clarifiedexpectations for developers, consultants, and other regulatory agencies; and will helpachieve a balance between development and water quality protection.Work CompletedA professional consultant was hired and a storm water committee was formed to beginwork on the draft. Committee members, county staff, and the consultant met over thewinter to remove technical language, revise the new draft. This exercise resulted in thedevelopment of a new draft document with clear language and procedures to regulatestorm water run-off and reduce sedimentation to coastal waters.ResultsThe completed draft has been accepted by the Planning and Zoning Department. In thefuture a public hearing will be held and the Planning Commission will makerecommendations to the Board of Commissioners on adoption of the draft. With itsimplementation a field review protocol will be in place during onsite evaluations.Adoption of these standards and procedures will result in improved field review standardsand benefit coastal waters through enhanced water quality protection.Leveraged DollarsStar Grant: $5,000, Match Dollars: $7,370.50(staff time, contractual, PC travel/per diem,other) Any Other Funds: $ConclusionsThis project was relatively straight forward with no unexpected surprises. Key to successwas the inclusion of elected officials, resource professionals, and private members of theenvironmental community. With a diverse committee all members of the community arerepresented and have ownership of the end product.
 
 
Lake County Stormwater Ordinance
This project was funded in part under the Coastal ZoneManagement Act, by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and CoastalResources Management, in cooperation with Minnesota’s LakeSuperior Coastal Program.
Article 8.0 Stormwater Management
Subdivision 1. Statutory Authorization and Purpose
A.
Statutory Authorization.
This article is adopted pursuant to the authorization and policiescontained in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 394.21.B.
Findings.
Lake County finds that construction site erosion from land development, landdisturbing activities, and uncontrolled stormwater runoff can have significant adverse impactsupon local and regional water resources diminishing the quality of public health, safety, publicand private property, and natural resources of the County. Specifically, uncontrolled soil erosionand stormwater runoff can:1.
Threaten public health, safety, property, and general welfare by increasing runoff volumesand peak flood flows, overburdening storm sewers, drainageway and other storm waterdrainage systems;2.
Diminish the capacity of lakes and streams to support fish, aquatic life, recreational andwater supply uses by increasing pollutant loadings of suspended solids, nutrients, heavymetals, pathogens and other pollutants;3.
Degrade physical stream habitat by increasing stream bed scour and/or sedimentation,diminishing groundwater recharge, diminishing stream base flows, and increasing streamtemperatures;4.
Lead to levels of flooding by increasing the frequency and levels of flooding; and5.
Alter wetland communities by changing wetland hydrology and negatively impactingwetland functions.C.
Purpose.
The general purpose of this article is to establish regulatory requirements to control oreliminate stormwater pollution, soil erosion and sedimentation in the County. This articleestablishes standards for land development and land disturbing activities aimed at minimizing thethreats to public health, safety, public and private property and natural resources within theCounty, resulting from construction site erosion and post-construction stormwater runoff.Specific purposes are to establish performance standards that will:
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Revisions based upon 04/07/09 comments from County staff
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