Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:48 AM


Chattanooga homebuilders who complain they have had to fight the current of city stormwater regulations could soon get some relief. But not as soon or as much as they would like. Chattanooga public works officials Monday outlined a number of changes to ease the requirements for new developers and builders to retain so much rainwater runoff in the South Chickamauga Creek and to mandate so much remediation and controls on properties dug up for new projects across the rest of the city. "The existing rules were developed and adopted in late 2014 to meet state requirements, but we agreed to re-examine our regulations once they were implemented to see how they were working and that is what we have done," Chattanooga City Engineer Bill Payne said Monday during a meeting of the Chattanooga Stormwater Regulations Board. Under a proposed plan submitted Monday, the runoff retention requirement in the South Chickamauga watershed would drop from 1.6 inches to 1 inch. Across the city, the new rules would also lessen requirements for controlling runoff from all disturbed areas to just controlling runoff from rooftops, paved surface and other impervious areas. Terry Greene, executive director for the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga, ...

News source: Times Free Press

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