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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Public Comment Period for Watershed Development Ordinance Amendments Open

The Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) opened a 60-day public comment period on Thursday, July 9, to collect feedback regarding 29 amendments, which are being proposed as additions to the Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO), a countywide ordinance that sets minimum requirements for the stormwater management aspects of development within Lake County.

Lake County is receiving significantly higher rainfall amounts, and precipitation is a critical factor on flood damage reduction, economic impact, infrastructure design and regulations, and on stormwater storage requirements for development sites. The goal of the WDO is to ensure that new development does not increase existing stormwater problems or create new ones by establishing minimum countywide standards for stormwater management, including floodplains, detention, soil erosion/sediment control, water quality treatment, and wetlands.

 Comments may be submitted to Kelcey Traynoff at ktraynoff@lakecountyil.gov until Sept. 8, 2020. For more information, view the WDO Public Comment Packet or visit the website.

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