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File #: 19-1139    Name: PHase 2 Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Policy
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/17/2018 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 10/23/2018 Final action:
Title: Consideration of the Phase 2 Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Policy and Comprehensive Manual for Residential and Non-Residential Properties.
Attachments: 1. 19-1139_Attachment 1 - Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Manual, 2. 19-1139_Attachment 2 - Presentation
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM


DATE: OCTOBER 17, 2018

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Consideration of the Phase 2 Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Policy and Comprehensive Manual for Residential and Non-Residential Properties.
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ISSUE: Incentivizing private property owners to implement stormwater management initiatives.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

(1) Approve the Stormwater Utility Phase 2 Credit Policy as outlined in the attached "Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Manual"; and

(2) Provide 100% credit to Alexandria Renew Enterprises in recognition of their planned
investment of over $350 million in clean waterways infrastructure.

BACKGROUND: City Council adopted the Stormwater Utility (SWU) framework in May 2017, including direction for staff to introduce a credit policy. The policy was developed in two phases to provide strategies to reduce the fee in the form of credits to property owners who implement stormwater management practices. Council adopted Phase 1 of the credit policy in October 2017 and it was implemented with the fee's first billing in May 2018. It provided credits for non-residential property owners who maintain functioning structural stormwater quality best management practices (BMPs) and detention facilities installed as mandatory part of development, as well as for specific litter cleanup activities. Phase 2 of the credit policy introduces new credits for residential properties and expands eligible credits for non-residential properties to offset to a certain degree the stormwater utility fee.

DISCUSSION: Consistent with the Code of Virginia, the Phase 2 Credit Policy, as described herein and in the comprehensive Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Manual, includes potential fee reductions based on property type. If adopted, staff will implement the comprehensive credit policy starting with the December 1, 2018 to ...

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