Removing Barriers to Low Impact Development in Municipal Codes in California
Through a Proposition 84 Stormwater Grant provided by the California State Water Resources Control Board 25 municipalities are receiving assistance to update their municipal codes to remove barriers to Low Impact Development (LID) implementation. The emphasis of the grant is code revision assistance to remove barriers to LID and integrate LID requirements within the local regulatory structure (e.g., codes and ordinances). The project is a joint effort between the UC Davis, the Local Government Commission, and the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). The project is targeting municipal code categories with the highest potential for water quality benefit: parking lot, roadway, landscape, and subdivision requirements. The projects main deliverables include: adoption ready code language for 25 municipalities; training for municipal staff who review and approve LID projects; outreach to local government leaders (e.g., elected officials), whose support is crucial for LID Code adoption; publication of case studies and sample LID Code language for the broader California MS4 community.
The presentation will explore the primary elements of the grant project including the criteria and selection of municipalities including coordination with the local Regional Water Quality Control Boards, coordination efforts with the selected municipalities, training elements provided to municipal staff for update of their codes, example recommended code update language for municipalities in the form of case studies, and outreach efforts to local government officials. The project outcomes and lessons learned from working with municipalities, regulators, and elected officials in the update of municipal codes to remove barriers to LID will be explored.