Raleigh City Council Supports Advancing 'Green' Development with New Stormwater Guidelines

News posted Sep. 06, 2017 - 6:00 pm

The Raleigh City Council on Sept. 5 approved adjustments to the City’s Unified Development Ordnance (UDO) that provide guidelines for incorporating green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in development and redevelopment throughout Raleigh. These changes encourage the use of landscape features, such as rain gardens and green roofs, in development plans to offset environmental impacts resulting from the construction of impervious surfaces, like buildings and pavement. Development plans that include GSI features will be approved beginning in November.

GSI practices mimic nature by allowing rainwater to be absorbed and stored while pollution is removed from stormwater runoff. Typically, stormwater runoff from streets, buildings, and other structures goes directly to storm drains and local waterways without being cleaned, which significantly impacts water quality and stream health.

“As Raleigh continues to grow, practices like green stormwater infrastructure are increasingly more important in order to maintain a sustainable community,” said Kevin Boyer, water quality manager for the City’s Stormwater Management Division. “Providing an opportunity for developers to use these features will reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and pollution from developed land that enters the storm drainage system and streams.”

With the approval of these guidelines, City staff will develop resources and tools that will help developers, designers, and citizens navigate the GSI plan review process.

City-owned facilities and street improvement projects also will benefit from using these new guidelines.

To learn more about green stormwater infrastructure, contact the City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division at 919-996-3940 or RaleighStormwater@raleighnc.gov.

For more information, contact

  • Kevin Boyer, Water Quality Manager, Engineering Services Department, 919-996-4009
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