Bill introduced to modify new stormwater regulations

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Lawmakers concerned about the impact of Maryland’s proposed new stormwater regulations filed legislation yesterday that aims to address the biggest complaints raised by developers and local officials.

Under the bill -- sponsored by a bipartisan group of delegates, led by Del. Marvin E. Holmes Jr. of Prince George’s County – the rules would be made less stringent for redevelopment projects (including affordable housing and transit-oriented developments), and projects that have already received preliminary plan approval would be "grandfathered" by requiring them to only meet current stormwater rules.

The state’s new stormwater rules are scheduled to apply to all projects approved after May. Environmental advocates and state environmental officials say the new rules are an important step to protecting the Chesapeake Bay from stormwater runoff pollution.

But many developers and county officials have warned that the new rules could have the effect of discouraging redevelopment projects in urban areas by making them too expensive. Some developers have also said that without a “grandfather” clause in the new rules for projects in the planning stages, they stand to lose millions of dollars they have already invested in complying with Maryland’s existing stormwater regulations.

Click here to read House Bill 1125.

Read Thursday's article in the Baltimore Sun on the proposed new bill:
Md. lawmakers propose delaying, weakening storm-water pollution controls
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