Agenda Item 5B
April 16, 2013
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
J!j.!5-eith Levchenko, Senior Legislative Analyst
Bill 34-12, Storm water 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, a Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and
Environment Committee worksession was held on March 11, and an initial Council worksession
was held on March 19.
Bill 34-12 would
• 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 as
introduced appears to be generally consistent with the state law. A summary of steps taken in
other Maryland jurisdictions to implement this law, prepared by Jeff Meyers of the Howard
County Council staff, is on ©68-72.
As some of the issues discussed below indicate, many relevant policy issues arise in the
context of the implementing regulation, Regulation 17-12, which was submitted in draft form for
review by the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy, and Environment Committee and later
formally submitted to the Council on April 4. The Committee, at its March 11 worksession on
this Bill, also discussed the draft regulation and the issues it raised.