Oct. 24, 2016 06:53

Fee in Lieu of Stormwater Management Requirements

The Land Management Ordinance committee of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is considering accepting a fee from developers in lieu of meeting the town’s stormwater management requirements. It is one of three recommendations currently being considered by the committee.

The town currently requires dry or wet retention areas to capture water runoff. However, high water tables and limited space on older lots can make meeting these requirements difficult, according to the assistant town engineer. This measure would offer an alternative for developers in those situations. The fees collected would then be used to improve the stormwater system.

One of the other recommendations the committee is considering would allow developers to use currently required green spaces as retention areas by using soil and vegetation that would filter water. The third option would allow the developers to propose their own individual solutions for meeting water quality levels.

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