Agenda Item 6A
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 34-12, Stormwater Management - Water Quality Protection Charge
recommendation: enact with amendments (2-0-1, Councilmember Floreen abstaining).
Bill 34-12, Stormwater Management - Water Quality Protection Charge, sponsored by
the Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on November 27,
2012. A public hearing was held on January 15 and a Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and
Environment Committee worksession was held on March 11.
• subject all properties not otherwise exempt under state law, mainly non-residential
properties, to the Water Quality Protection Charge;
• allow certain property owners to obtain a credit for on-site stormwater management
equal to a percentage of the Charge set by regulation;
• exempt owner-occupied residential property owners that can demonstrate substantial
financial hardship from the Charge; and
• phase-in increases to the Charge.
This Bill would implement a 2012 state law, which is shown on ©17-26. The Bill
appears to be generally consistent with the state law. A summary, prepared by Howard County
Council staff, of steps taken in other Maryland jurisdictions to implement this law is on ©49-50.
As some of the issues discussed below indicate, many relevant policy issues arise in the
context of the implementing regulations, which are not yet formally before the Council but were
submitted in draft form with this Bill. The Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy, and
Environment Committee, at its March 11 worksession on this BilI, also discussed the draft
regulations and the issues they raise.