For the last several years, Albemarle County has been considering establishing a permanent, dedicated funding mechanism to support a variety of water resource programs, including those related to TMDL mandates. In 2014, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors appointed a Committee to advise the Board on the matter and authorized staff to hire a consultant to support the process.
The Committee – representing various stakeholder groups – met monthly between September 2014 and September 2015. The County hired AMEC Foster Wheeler to provide various consulting services related to the effort. During this time, the Committee was familiarized with County programs, mandates, budgets, and goals and received information on the condition of local waters and the County’s GIS and business systems. The Committee developed a preferred 10-year Program Plan to address mandates and broad County goals. The Committee also participated in an extensive community outreach process.
The Committee ultimately recommended that the County support its water resource programs by establishing a County-wide stormwater utility with fees based primarily on impervious area but also including generous rate adjustments for low-density properties and for private investments in stormwater management.
The Committee presented its recommendations to the Board in October 2015 by way of a Recommendations Report and a Board work session. At its September 7, 2016 meeting, the Board affirmed its support of the Committee recommendations and authorized staff to take actions necessary to establish a stormwater utility, including procurement of a funding consultant.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact Greg Harper, Chief of Environmental Services, at email@example.com or 434-296-5816.