Stormwater Management Advisory Commission (SMAC)

Last updated Nov. 01, 2018 - 5:04 pm
  • Upcoming Meeting

  • December 6, 2018
  • 3 p.m.
  • Current SMAC Agenda
  • Meets: First Thursday of Every Month
  • Meeting Location

  • Raleigh Municipal Building
  • 222 W. Hargett Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27601

Public Participation

The public is welcome to attend.

To speak at a meeting, please contact Wayne Miles, Stormwater Program Manager.

If you would like to serve on this commission, please contact the City Clerks office at 919-996-3040 for availability and complete an interest form.


The Stormwater Management Advisory Commission serves as the official citizen advisory board to the Raleigh City Council on Stormwater policies.

Established February 17, 2004, Ordinance (2003) 527, adopted November 5, 2003.

10 Members - 2 year terms


Committee for Input and Guidance to Integrated Stormwater Project Prioritization Model Development

  • Members: Francine Durso and Vanessa Fleishmann

Thanks to SMAC, the SMAC Sub-Committee (Francine Durso, Vanessa Fleischmann, and Marc Horstman), the Stormwater Staff team, and the involved public for their excellent collaborative work in recent months, the Integrated Stormwater Management Project Prioritization Model was successfully completed in early September 2015. A well-received update was also provided to City Council during November 2015. Staff is already utilizing the model as a key decision support tool for the City beginning with planning for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017 budget to help evaluate and rank in relative order of importance potential Stormwater Capital Improvement Projects. Leveraging and optimizing available resources, a preferred project brings together stormwater quantity and quality management to achieve multiple Stormwater Management Program and City of Raleigh Strategic and Comprehensive Plan goals.

To provide input and guidance for the Model development, the SMAC Sub-Committee and Staff team met for four, two-hour working sessions: May 26, June 3, June 18, and July 30. In addition, SMAC members and Staff committed their collective time and expertise outside of scheduled work sessions in preparing for the meetings and completing exercises to help evaluate and rank prioritization model criteria. SMAC welcomed and provided time for public input during the meetings. A request for written public input was also extended to the community. State of the practice within peer North Carolina municipalities and beyond was also researched and reviewed as part of the model development.

The model is grounded in four basic eligibility criteria and nine main integrated prioritization criteria. The four basic eligibility criteria are:

  • Project must be located within the corporate limits of Raleigh
  • Project must receive and/or convey public runoff
  • Project must be compatible with the City’s adopted Strategic Plan and Comprehensive Plan, and
  • For Drainage Assistance and Raleigh Rainwater Rewards projects only, the project petitioner(s) utility fee payment(s) must be current

The nine main integrated project prioritization criteria are:

  • Public Safety and Public Health
  • Flood Hazard Reduction Benefits
  • Regulatory Mandates and Compliance
  • Water Quality Benefits
  • Watershed Management Benefits
  • Stormwater Infrastructure Asset Management Benefits
  • Community Support and Implementation Complexity
  • Resource Leveraging Opportunities, and
  • Indirect Community Benefits

Under each of the nine main criteria there are sub-elements/sub-criteria to define the meaning, intention, and ultimate scoring of the primary criteria. Furthermore, the nine criteria have established prioritized weights based upon quantitative and qualitative input from both the SMAC Sub-Committee and Staff teams.

In terms of program implementation and integration with existing budgeted and planned capital improvement projects, it is anticipated that projects from current and previous fiscal years that are in the final design phase for construction will continue to move forward for construction. SMAC and Council will begin to see projects evaluated and scored under the new integrated prioritization approach as part of the upcoming budget season. The fall 2015 cycle of drainage petition projects was scored with the new integrated model. Complete program integration is projected within two fiscal years given the multi-year and longer-term, phased nature of many capital improvement projects.

View the initial guidance document and model overview.

View the Integrated Stormwater Project Prioritization Final September 3, 2015.

View the Integrated Stormwater Project Prioritization Model July 9 Update Presentation.

View the Integrated Stormwater Project Prioritization Model May 7, Kickoff Presentation.

View the May 26, June 3, and June 18, 2015 meeting minutes.

More Information contact: Scott Bryant at 919-996-4014


  • Matthew Starr
  • Chairperson
  • Ken Carper
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Christopher O. Bostic
  • Francine Durso
  • Vanessa Fleischmann
  • Evan O. Kane
  • David Markwood
  • Jonathan L. Page
  • Mark Senior
  • David Webb

SMAC Mission Statement:

The Stormwater Management Advisory Commission (SMAC) will manage resources sufficiently to protect the public infrastructure, quality of life, environment, and property of the citizens of Raleigh through fair and equitable cost effective means. SMAC recommendations will seek to improve, enhance, and protect the quality of the Neuse River.

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