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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Comments wanted on stormwater standards

Residents and developers can learn about and comment on options for development stormwater standards at an open house and meeting hosted by the Bellevue Environmental Services Commission on Thursday, April 2.

Comments received at the meeting and the open house will be relayed to the City Council before April 13, when it will decide whether to have one stormwater standard for construction disturbing less than an acre and another for construction disturbing an acre or more.

The April 2 open house will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, Room 1E-112. The Environmental Services Commission meeting will follow the open house, in the same room.

Bellevue, along with most other Western Washington municipalities, is required to adopt new development stormwater standards as part of a federal Clean Water Act permit to minimize stormwater pollution.

The permit requires Bellevue to adopt 2005 Ecology stormwater standards for new development and redevelopment, including single-family, for projects disturbing one or more acres. For projects disturbing less than one acre, the permit allows Bellevue the following regulatory options:

  • Option 1: Adopt the 2005 Department of Ecology Manual stormwater standards resulting in one citywide stormwater standard; or,
  • Option 2: Retain existing stormwater standards from the 1992 Department of Ecology Manual for projects disturbing less than an acre, resulting in two stormwater standards.

Attendees at the open house will learn more about what these options mean to future development and redevelopment projects, and be able to provide comments on their preferred option at both the open house and the public meeting.

The state Department of Ecology has more information on municipal stormwater permits.

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Utilities Department
450 110th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Phyllis Varner, NPDES Permit Coordinator
Phone: 425-452-7683
E-mail: pvarner@bellevuewa.gov

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