Model Stormwater Management/Water Resources Management Ordinance The new model Stormwater Ordinance for the Brodhead Creek and McMichaels Creek watersheds in Monroe County was developed under Act 167 as an update to two plans originally done 10+ years ago. The plan for the McMichaels Creek watershed was a pilot for stormwater management in the state while the plan developed for the Brodhead Creek watershed was one of the first to incorporate voluntary water quality control elements. The updated Ordinance incorporates the DEP Stormwater Policy and requires designers to pursue nonstructural controls/strategies to achieve water quantity/quality and infiltration goals first, before incorporating structural controls as part of the overall project.
Key components of the Ordinance and associated appendices have been highlighted for your convenience. We believe that this is the first Model Ordinance in the state to comprehensively incorporate the Department’s Stormwater Policy, Smart Growth Initiatives and NPDES Phase II - during and post construction - requirements. By tailoring the new Ordinance to meet the permitting requirements of various levels and branches of government, adoption by municipalities in Monroe County will allow for a streamlined project review process that will lend predictability to the regulated community.
The Delaware River Basin Commission reviewed and approved the Model Stormwater Ordinance for compliance with their proposed “Special Protection Waters” regulations. By adopting the Model Stormwater Ordinance as presented, projects that would normally require DRBC approval will be exempt from the review process.
In addition to the Model Stormwater Ordinance the County has prepared a model Flood Plain Management Ordinance that incorporates the buffer requirements found in the Stormwater Ordinance. The model Flood Plain Management Ordinance has been reviewed and approved by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development for adoption by all municipalities in Monroe County.