Frederick moves on stormwater plan

Posted: January 17, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Frederick County Wednesday took its first steps toward establishing a stormwater ordinance for new construction.

The county’s Public Works Stormwater Program Subcommittee met for the first time and will work to create an ordinance to comply with federal regulations concerning the Chesapeake Bay, according to Joe Wilder, public works deputy director.

“The ordinance is really the backbone of our program because that will give us the authority to regulate stormwater,” Wilder said.

The county was awarded a $21,000 federal grant — which is administered by the state — in late 2012 to help prepare the program. The county has until July 1, 2014, to adopt regulations approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

“The new regs that we’re going to be going through, that permit will be issued by [the county] as of July 1, 2014,” Wilder said during the meeting. “What we’re going to do is take our [erosion and sediment control] program that we have and make it a little bigger.”

He added that the county’s stormwater ordinance, once finalized and adopted, could be similar to the regulations that Winchester currently uses. The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) also has a model stormwater ordinance that can provide guidance to localities across the state, and the DCR also will have to approve Frederick County’s ordinance.

The subcommittee likely will meet again in the next six weeks.

Attending the meeting in the Frederick County Administration Building were members Joe Wilder, Gene Fisher, Jim Wilson, Jeff Rezin, Whit Wagner, Ben Whitlock, Mark Smith and Gary Oates. Member Denise Rudolph was absent.

— Contact Matt Armstrong at marmstrong@winchesterstar.com