Atlanta Stormwater Ordinance Passes City Council
The Atlanta City Council adopted the rewrite of the stormwater ordinance on its consent calendar of the meeting on February 4. The ordinance has been transmitted to the mayor's office, where we expect it will be signed into law by Mayor Kasim The stormwater legislation has been in the works for almost a year. The city's Department of Watershed Management drafted the proposal in an effort to modernize the ordinance and allow more options for green infrastructure to reduce runoff. During the drafting process, department staff met with and received input from real estate industry stakeholders, including the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and the other organizations that comprise the Metro Atlanta Real Estate Trade Group coalition.
The HBA was able to get numerous changes made to the ordinance. The only recommendation not adopted by the committee was a request to revise the standards for applicability to allow an exemption for small business and small property owners developing on one-tenth of an acre or less. A legal opinion from the City Attorney's office found that such an exemption could cause the state to revoke the city's permitting authority.
The HBA is working with the city staff to schedule workshops on how the new rules will work. We will notify the membership when these sessions are set. A full copy of the revised ordinance can be accessed by clicking here.