At a time in which the economy is struggling we now see proposed changes in stormwater regulations that are detrimental to the environment and economy while originally directed at the development industry to control growth through runoff quality control.
These topics will be affected by the proposed changes since it appears that they will promote SPRAWL since MORE land will be required to develop the same use. This is in complete contrast to the Green Building Council's LEED development standards which promote high density development and urban redevelopment as well as maintaining or reestablishing natural habitat.
By implementing these changes it will drastically affect the redevelopment initiatives within urban areas where much success is already being seen. By essentially taking away the opportunity to develop or redevelop land we will see a loss of job opportunities throughout many market sectors. Additionally, if development does occur, costs incurred will only be passed on to us, the consumers.
On the Public side of development, parks, soccer fields, schools – especially high schools with the numerous sports fields, and community facilities will be directly impacted by these regulations. These types of facilities are a small sampling of what would be covered under the topic of “managed turf” brought into these regulations and this alone has far-reaching impacts on all development not just private interests.