T&E Item IA
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 34-12, Stormwater Management - Water Quality Protection
Bill 34-12, Storm water 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.
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 ©15-24. The Bill
appears to be generally consistent with the state law. A summary, prepared by Howard County
Council staff, of steps takes in other Maryland jurisdictions to implement this law is on ©47-48.
As some of the questions 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. This memo primarily focuses on policy issues raised
by the Bill itself. A separate packet for today's worksession by Senior Legislative Analyst Keith
Levchenko will cover the draft regulations and the issues they raise.
As the state law requires, this Bill would expand the scope of the
Water Quality Protection Charge to virtually all non-government properties, including many
non-residential properties that do not currently pay the Charge. (For background and rationale,