Chapter 133

2007 -- H 6143 SUBSTITUTE B AS AMENDED

Enacted 06/27/07

 

A N A C T

RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- ESTABLISHING THE SMART DEVELOPMENT FOR A CLEANER BAY ACT OF 2007

          

     Introduced By: Representatives Sullivan, Ginaitt, Segal, Moffitt, and Savage

     Date Introduced: March 13, 2007

 

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

 

     SECTION 1. Title 45 of the General Laws entitled "TOWNS AND CITIES" is hereby

amended by adding thereto the following chapter:

 

     CHAPTER 61.2

 

THE SMART DEVELOPMENT FOR A CLEANER BAY ACT OF 2007

 

     45-61.2-1. Findings. (a) The general assembly hereby recognizes and declares that:

     (1) Stormwater, when not properly controlled and treated, causes pollution of the waters

of the state, threatens public health, and damages property. Stormwater carries pollutants into

rivers, streams, ponds, coves, drinking water aquifers and Narragansett Bay;

     (2) Stormwater reaches the state's waters by streets, roads, lawns and other means. As a

result, public use of the state's natural resources for drinking water, swimming, fishing,

shellfishing and other forms of recreation is limited and in some cases prohibited;

     (3) Development often results in increased stormwater runoff by increasing the size and

number of paved and other impervious surfaces within the state, and decreasing the amount of

natural surface areas that naturally control stormwater runoff through natural filtration and

groundwater recharge systems;

     (4) Rhode Island's State Land Use Policies and Plan "Land Use 2025" predicts under the

"Current Trend Scenario" that by 2025 an area comprising over one hundred eight thousand

(108,000) acres, or sixteen percent (16%) of the state's total area, could be developed with twenty

(20) more years of building to current plans; and

     (5) Rhode Island's stormwater design and installation standards manual has been

developed to describe mandatory and suggested stormwater design and performance criteria for

applicants to the department of environmental management (DEM), Coastal Resources

Management Council (CRMC) and Rhode Island's cities and towns.

     (6) To prevent the future degradation of the state's waters the general assembly finds that

Rhode Island should update the stormwater design and installation standards manual to

implement comprehensive stormwater standards for development that will maintain natural

hydrological systems and reduce pollution to the maximum extent possible by requiring the use of

modern non-structural low impact design practices and techniques.

 

     45-61.2-2. Implementation. -- The department of environmental management (DEM),

in conjunction with the coastal resources management council (CRMC) shall, by July 1, 2008,

amend the Rhode Island stormwater design & installation standards manual. The changes shall

include, but not be limited to, incorporation into existing regulatory programs that already include

the review of stormwater impacts the following requirements:

     (a) Maintain pre-development groundwater recharge and infiltration on site to the

maximum extent practicable;

     (b) Demonstrate that post-construction stormwater runoff is controlled, and that post-

development peak discharge rates do not exceed pre-development peak discharge rates; and

     (c) Use low impact-design techniques as the primary method of stormwater control to the

maximum extent practicable.

 

     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

     

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