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Recommended Change to VSMP State Code
Susan M. DeMasi
Work Session: 10/17/17
This proposed change to the Virginia State Code for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) would more clearly allow the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to delegate their VSMP responsibilities to adjacent localities. This change would enable DEQ to delegate responsibilities of plan review and site inspections to the City of Danville for projects in Pittsylvania County developed by the Danville-Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority (RIFA), Industrial Development Authority (IDA), and the Danville Development Authority (DDA).
As part of the VSMP in the Virginia State Code, Pittsylvania County had the option to decide if they wanted to become a VSMP authority. They chose not to become a VSMP authority, therefore in accordance with the current state code, DEQ carries out the responsibilities of the VSMP authority for Pittsylvania County. The City of Danville serves as the authority within the Danville corporate limits.
Section 62.1-44.15:27 - H of the Virginia State Code states that "
A VSMP authority may enter into agreements or contracts with soil and water conservation districts, adjacent localities, or other public or private entities to carry out or assist with the responsibilities of this article…”
It is unclear if the VSMP authority mentioned here includes DEQ when they are carrying out the VSMP responsibilities. This requested State code change would clearly include DEQ in section "H". The City could then request DEQ to delegate VSMP responsibilities to the City of Danville for RIFA, IDA and DDA projects in Pittsylvania County. This action should help reduce plan review times for these projects, reduce the workload for DEQ while improving project oversight during construction.
It is recommended that City Council support the attached Resolution requesting this change to the VSMP in the Virginia State Code.
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