Municipal Planning for Alternative Compliance
The 2013 San Diego Regional MS4 Permit was adopted with provision to allow municipal co-permittees the option to create an “Alternative Compliance Program” (ACP) to satisfy certain development planning standards. ACPs are to be in conjunction with a Watershed Management Area Analysis (WMAA) and provide an in lieu path to meet structural Best Management Practice performance standards associated with pollutant treatment and hydromodification management. ACPs are of high relevance to stormwater program managers and developers throughout the San Diego Region, as many are currently evaluating the feasibility of specific proposed projects, in-lieu fees, and/or water quality credits systems. They also are intended promote management of stormwater as a resource, retrofit existing development, and incentivize projects that result in equivalent or better environmental value compared to the traditional on-site approach.
This discussion will focus on recent planning efforts completed by the City of Escondido to evaluate feasibility and develop a prioritized implementation of ACP project sites. The audience will gain a clear understanding of:
1. Cost effective rapid screening criteria to identify and evaluate potential candidate sites
2. Defensible technical approach to satisfy WMAA environmental equivalency standards
3. Tools to evaluate other relevant factors influencing design, permitting, and cost
4. How to use this information to create a prioritized implementation plan, and understand the scale and significance of how ACP might fit into the development scheme of other municipalities within the San Diego Region
The discussion will include a question and answer period, and allow for audience members to share thoughts or progress regarding other similar work related to ACPs.