Combining Resources to Address Green Infrastructure

 

Stormwater Coalition of Albany County

 

The Stormwater Coalition of Albany County (Coalition), which consists of twelve (12) unique MS4 communities, was awarded a NYSDEC EPF Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) grant of $35,000 to develop model local land use laws and/or procedures that will enable members of the Coalition to more fully encourage and embrace green infrastructure practices as identified in State, Federal, and other well-known and industry-accepted stormwater management documents.

 

The primary objective of this project is the development of either model local laws or procedures within the context of identified green infrastructure gaps within the 12 MS4s. Together, Barton & Loguidice, P.C., Young/Sommer, LLC, the  Green Infrastructure Local Law Advisory Committee (GILLAC - a subgroup of the Coalition), and the members of the Coalition took the first steps in resolving the varied and discrete interests of modern growth and environmental stewardship by reviewing existing codes and identifying barriers to green infrastructure measures, and developing a set of deliverables to aid the 12 MS4s in embracing and adopting measures associated with green infrastructure.

 

 

   

 

The B&L Team developed a product that illustrates and supports the Coalition’s commendable goal of embracing green infrastructure by considering the content of the MS4’s existing codes and guidance with regard to the green infrastructure scorecard, which was completed by each MS4 and provided to the B&L Team.  Using these scorecards, the B&L Team performed a green infrastructure gap analysis and worked with the Coalition to close those gaps by providing an appropriately designed deliverable consisting of model local land use laws and/or procedures compatible with the goals of green infrastructure and stormwater management as well as community character.  Laws or procedures may be “tiered” such that an MS4 can select which level of green infrastructure support is appropriate for their municipality.

 

The B&L Team worked with the Coalition to:

  
  • —Maintain sensitivity to the delicate balance between the varied interests of both economic growth and environmental stewardship

  • —Enable members of the Coalition to more fully encourage and embrace green infrastructure practices

  • —Perform a gap analysis based on municipal scorecards and review of local laws

  • —Identify which gaps are most common – biggest bang for buck

  • —Develop model laws and/or procedures within the context of identified green infrastructure gaps for the 12 MS4s

Project Deliverable

 

Article: Combining Resources to Address Green Infrastructure Requirements, Talk of the Towns, May/June 2014