Four Ways the Stormwater Utility Fee Helps Residents

News posted Jun. 01, 2017 - 6:00 am
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The City of Raleigh’s Stormwater Management Division has experienced many successes over the last year following its first stormwater utility fee increase in July 2016. The one dollar increase will result in the:

Drainage Assistance Program completing more projects during the next two years that address drainage concerns on private property. A recent policy change also eliminated the cost-share portion of the program making it more affordable for Raleigh residents;

Capital Improvement Program delivering nearly $24 million worth of projects during the next year to offer sustainable stormwater infrastructures in Raleigh’s neighborhoods that reduce flooding and limit erosion;

Flood Hazard Mitigation Efforts continuing to remove and restore floodprone properties that were built prior to the current floodplain development regulations. Restoring the area to green space improves public safety in floodprone areas and allows for natural function of the floodplain; and,

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Efforts establishing policies, procedures, and resources that will include green infrastructure in new development and redevelopment and bring innovative stormwater treatment options to the City of Raleigh.

Questions about the stormwater utility fee can be directed to 919-996-3940 or

This article was originally printed in the Stormwater Management Division's Urban Watersheds publication. Subscribe to learn more and to receive stormwater-related news.

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