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Integration of Stormwater Best Management Practices into Land Development Regulations

In 2005, the city of South Burlington became the first in Vermont to implement a stormwater utility as a means to finance and provide ongoing stormwater system maintenance, upgrades, and technical support. Since the utility's formation, South Burlington's City Council has adopted standards and provisions in its Land Development Regulations (LDRs) for surface water protection and stream buffering, for construction and erosion control, and for site design, snow storage, landscaping, and trash containment. However, there are many other opportunities to include sensible stormwater management practices in the LDRs.