the July 21, 2003 Board of Supervisors' meeting, it was requested
by Supervisor McCamy that the Department of Community Development
prepare a Work Session Agenda Item summarizing recent actions in
both Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties with respect to Low Impact
Development (LID) techniques and ordinances.
are a relatively new concept in Storm Water Management and were
pioneered by Prince George's County, Maryland in the early 1990's.
The primary thrust of LID practices is to conserve natural
features, minimize impervious surfaces, create hydraulic
disconnects, and enhance the disbursement of runoff and
phytoremediation. Microscale controls are introduced throughout
the project site and may include practices such as created
wetlands, grass swales, vegetated rooftops, rain barrels,
cisterns, and vegetated filter strips. Other larger scale
strategies include the preservation and/or protection of
environmentally sensitive site features such as riparian buffers,
wetlands, steep slopes, valuable/mature trees, floodplains,
woodlands, and highly permeable soils.
current Fauquier County Zoning, Subdivision, and Stormwater
Management Ordinances provide means for achieving the larger scale
strategies, but could potentially benefit from textual
modifications which would more clearly establish benchmarks and
identify specific means and methods at the site-wide macro level.
the March 18, 2003 Stafford County Board of Supervisors' meeting,
the Board adopted a new Storm Water Management Ordinance to
implement an LID alternative for Storm Water Management design
plans. A copy of their revised Ordinance is included in hardcopy
the May 13, 2003 Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors'
meeting, the Board adopted an amendment to the Spotsylvania County
Code, Chapter 19A, Stormwater Management Ordinance. This amendment
incorporated language to allow LID practices. A copy of the
amended Ordinance was not available from Spotsylvania County, so
the most recent draft Ordinance from the Board of Supervisors'
minutes is included in hard copy format.
to the size of the Stafford County and Spotsylvania County
Ordinance, it was necessary to provide these in hard copy format
for the work session.
of these ordinances incorporate design guidelines and minimum
standards acknowledged by the United States Environmental
Protection Agency. These documents were developed by the Prince
George's County, Maryland Department of Environmental Resources.