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File #: 2010-0567    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed Finally
File created: 6/1/2010 In control: Committee on Land Use and Economic Development
On agenda: Final action: 7/27/2010
Enactment date: 7/27/2010 Enactment #: 28
Effective date:    
Title: Ordinance amending Sections 1003.01 and 1003.04 of Chapter 1003, Title X, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pittsburgh of the existing stormwater management requirements to provide more protective stormwater volume reduction standards and Low Impact Development (LID) strategies for planning and construction of Publicly Funded Development and Publicly Funded Redevelopment projects.
Sponsors: William Peduto, Bruce A. Kraus, Natalia Rudiak, Douglas Shields, Darlene M. Harris
Indexes: PGH. CODE ORDINANCES TITLE 10 - BUILDING CODE
Attachments: 1. 2010-0567.doc, 2. 2010-0567 VERSION 2.doc
Title
Ordinance amending Sections 1003.01 and 1003.04 of Chapter 1003, Title X, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pittsburgh of the existing stormwater management requirements to provide more protective stormwater volume reduction standards and Low Impact Development (LID) strategies for planning and construction of Publicly Funded Development and Publicly Funded Redevelopment projects.
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WHEREAS, the City of Pittsburgh has authority to legislate pursuant to its Home Rule Charter and the Home Rule Charter and Optional Plans Law.
WHEREAS, in conformance with Pennsylvania's Stormwater Management Act of 1978 (Act 167), as amended, the City of Pittsburgh is committed to a stormwater management program that protects water quality and addresses water supply by employing watershed-based approaches;
WHEREAS, urbanization has led to increased impervious surface areas which results in increased runoff and the transport of pollutants to downstream receiving waters and less percolation to groundwater aquifers;
WHEREAS, the Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency have already successfully implemented a stormwater volume reduction standard based on the 95th percentile rainstorm;
WHEREAS, LID is widely recognized as a sensible approach to stormwater management in both quantity and quality that can often produce environmental benefits at lower costs than conventional stormwater management practices;
WHEREAS, LID standards and practices seek to maintain or restore the natural hydrologic character of the site, help reduce off-site runoff, improve water quality, and provide groundwater recharge;
WHEREAS, implementing the 95th percentile stormwater volume reduction standard by utilizing LID is intended to ensure that aquatic biota, stream channel stability, and historical aquifer recharge rates of receiving waters are not negatively impacted by changes in runoff temperature, volumes, durations and rates resulting from Publicly Funded Development and Pub...

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