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Posted on: June 18, 2020

COUNTY REVIEWS PROPOSED STORMWATER CODE UPDATES TO THE MANUAL & LAYMAN’S BROCHURE

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The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners reviewed proposed stormwater code revisions and updates to the Manual of Stormwater Management Practices and Layman’s Brochure for the development of single-family and duplex lots at the June 17 virtual meeting. The proposed changes to the County’s Land Development Code and the guidance documents will be reviewed again at future meetings to provide an opportunity for public input and board approval.

In order to protect water quality in Florida Bay and the Atlantic nearshore waters, the drafted updates to the manual and brochure provide revised permitting and site design guidelines to be used by engineers, architects, and other design professionals. Developments in technology and forecasts of the effects of sea-level rise and changing storms intensity and frequency were considered in the updates. A presentation was shown at the meeting that shows options on how to eliminate or reduce off-property discharges and encourage reuse of captured storm runoff.

“Improving stormwater management in Monroe County is very complex,” said Michael Roberts, Monroe County’s Assistant Director of Environmental Resources. “It requires an engaged community and continuous improvements to stormwater management to decrease harmful impacts to our nearshore waters.”

The Monroe County Land Development Code sets effective management practices, establishes presumptive criteria that meet state standards, and defines performative standards.

To view the updated documents and proposed code revisions, visit www.monroecounty-fl.gov/environmentalresources.

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