Bill to Ease Regulations
Three years ago, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control enacted 14 stormwater regulations as the result of recommendations by a committee on flooding and stormwater. However, in areas with poor soils, high water tables, or other design difficulties, the required stormwater solutions proved practically impossible or prohibitively expensive.
In response to that, Delaware representatives have unanimously passed Joint Resolution 11, which creates a process for reviewing alternatives, and requires a public hearing process for future regulations.
“We understand the issue of stormwater runoff creating problems,” said the bill’s sponsor, Representative Danny Short. “But we can’t make it so unreasonable that folks can’t develop their land or build a single-family home.”