A new law co-sponsored by Representative Brawley will save time and money by providing greater regulatory certainty for North Carolina’s development industry.
House Bill 480 requires the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to develop minimum design criteria for issuing stormwater runoff permits and for sedimentation control plans issued by local governments and DENR. These criteria must include requirements for site preparation, design, construction, and post-construction monitoring and evaluation. DENR must develop these minimum design criteria through consultation with a group of industry experts, engineers, environmental consultants, faculty from the University of North Carolina and other stakeholders by September 1, 2014.
The new law also requires the Environmental Management Commission and the Sedimentation Control Commission to adopt rules by July 1, 2016 governing the fast-tracking of stormwater management system permits and sedimentation control plans when the applicant complies with these new minimum design criteria.
Representative Chris Millis of Pender County, the bill’s primary sponsor, explained the need for the legislation: “In the early 1990s, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources established a minimum design criteria and a fast-track process for sanitary sewer permitting for pump stations, as well as for gravity sewer.”
“It has been tremendously successful, both from an environmental standpoint as well as a regulatory certainty and efficiency standpoint, and if it worked for sanitary sewer — especially for pump stations costing a million dollars plus — then it could certainly work for our state’s stormwater facilities and our state’s stormwater best management practices.”
HB480 passed unanimously in both the House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor McCrory on June 12, 2013.