Water Resources Program  |  Stormwater Utility Overview
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OVERVIEW STATE OF COUNTY WATER RESOURCES WATER RESOURCES PROGRAMS BASICS OF A STORMWATER UTILITY ADVISORY PANEL BOARD OF SUPERVISOR MEETINGS

Albemarle County is in the process of developing a stormwater utility to support the wide variety of water resource programs it implements. Information related to that process is summarized here.

BACKGROUND

For the last several years, Albemarle County has been considering how to best support a comprehensive water resources program that complies with federal and state mandates and that meets growing community expectations. In 2014, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors appointed a Committee of stakeholder representatives to advise the Board on the matter. The Committee issued recommendations via a report dated October 7, 2015 and the Board formally approved the recommendations on September 7, 2016.

The recommendations endorsed by the Board can be summarized as:

  • • implement a water resources program that goes beyond regulatory compliance to also invest in the long-term   viability of built infrastructure and natural systems
  • • support this program with a stormwater utility fee based on a property’s estimated stormwater runoff

CURRENT EFFORT (July – December 2017)

County staff are currently working with a consultant and an advisory panel of stakeholder representatives to:

  • • refine the estimated cost of implementing the water resources programs at the level recommended
  • • develop a specific rate structure and credit policy that best relates the fee to the runoff characteristics of property,   and
  • • establish financial and technical policies in order to create a rate model

For background information and more details about the process of developing a dedicated funding mechanism, click on the various tabs above. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Greg Harper, Chief of Environmental Services, at gharper@albemarle.org or 434-296-5816.