Ventura County MS4 Stormwater Permit Update

Jan 20 at 10:09am - emily
The final approval of the Ventura County Low Impact Development Technical Guidance Manual by the LA Regional Water Quality Control Board’s executive office has still not occurred for the MS4 Permit adopted last year. The Ventura County Stormwater Quality Management Program of the Watershed Protection District submitted its revised Manual on November 5, 2010 and the public comment period has closed.

A technical committee of the Board is slated to approve the Manual sometime in a late January meeting and 90 days thereafter the Land Use section of the Board is to approve it.
Minor changes made in the manual now do allow for use of biofiltration as a best management practice, but only for project sites that can demonstrate they cannot meet the technical feasibility criteria to retain water on site.

Rumor is that the Ventura County Watershed Protection District staff is preparing a Request for Proposal by a consultant to write an offsite mitigation plan for "infeasible” projects that can’t meet the 95% pervious site area test for runoff.

Flexible on- site standards or available offsite mitigation is especially important for high density infill residential development sites to be economically viable.

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