By Nancy Lindsey
The Patrick County Board of Supervisors will consider a draft resolution Dec. 9 asking the General Assembly to amend the Virginia Stormwater Management Program.
The amendment would "adjust the land disturbance threshold in non-CBPA (Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act) localities to five acres or more," thus lessening the impact on residential construction in rural areas.
The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 407 in 2011, which required that all localities adopt and implement a Virginia Stormwater Management Program, according to the draft resolution.
Prior to passage of that law, localities west of Interstate 95, where the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act does not generally apply, were not required to implement a stormwater management program, the resolution states.
The regulations, which are scheduled to go into effect statewide July 1, 2014, require that anyone planning to disturb one acre of land obtain a permit, pay required fees, and have a stormwater pollution prevention plan prepared, the resolution says.
The proposed permit for a project with land disturbance of between one and five acres is $2,700. In addition, the resolution states, the cost of preparing the plan is estimated to cost at least $2,500.
In rural areas such as Patrick County, a basic single-family dwelling with well, septic tank and a small driveway, or a modest agricultural building and associated access can easily result in land disturbance between one and five acres, the resolution says.
"Due to the excessive regulation, burden and expense added to the construction of a small dwelling or modest agricultural building," the resolution states, the board is seeking changes in the program.
The board of supervisors will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, in the third-floor boardroom of the Patrick County Veterans' Memorial Building.
Following the opening session and approval of the meeting agenda, meeting minutes, and bills, claims and appropriations, the board will hold a public comment period.
At 6:30 p.m., the board will hold a public hearing on an amendment to the Enterprise Zone which would add about 40 acres in the Meadows of Dan area.
An Enterprise Zone designation provides incentives for new businesses locating within that zone and providing new jobs.
At 7 p.m., the board will hold a public hearing on the best way to deal with the Yoshino cherry trees in the county parking lot, surrounding the county administration building, and in the large brick planters on one side of the building.
County Administrator Tom Rose has said the trees' roots are tearing up the curbing in the parking lot, and those in the planters are dropping fruit that gets tracked into the building.
County officials hope that knowledgeable people will offer solutions to the problems that don't require digging up and replacing about 60 trees at a cost of about $30,000.
In other matters, the board is expected to go into executive session to discuss personnel, legal, contract and real estate matters.