Stormwater Management Program

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The Stormwater Management Program is a community effort to provide water quality and quantity protection to local streams, tributaries, and the Chesapeake Bay. The City of Staunton's Stormwater Management Program is a citywide effort depending on the cooperation of nearly all city departments.

Like most Virginia cities, Staunton faces growing issues in the control of stormwater runoff—or rain or snow melt flowing from land into the City's storm drain system, streams, and tributaries. Growth means more roofs, more driveways and roads, and more parking lots. Runoff from such impervious areas can be pollutant loaded, very rapid, and can damage area streams and tributaries.

Program Goals

In continuing efforts to minimize the impact of stormwater runoff, the City has implemented and manages a Stormwater Management Program with the objectives of:

  • Providing protection to homeowners and private business properties,
  • Providing funding to maintain and repair existing stormwater infrastructure,
  • Minimizing flooding potential and damages,
  • Establishing, enhancing, and protecting riparian buffers along the streams and wetlands of the City
  • Implementing projects to improve water quality within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
  • Providing information to help the public recognize and understand stormwater and pollution issues.

Regulations & Requirements

To prevent runoff issues and enhance water quality, the City generally requires all proposed development and redevelopment projects to comply with the Stormwater Ordinance, including the following:
  • Provide adequate treatment for stormwater quality and quantity management
  • Obtain approval of a stormwater concept plan, prior to submission of a development plan, if applicable
  • Obtain approval of a comprehensive drainage plan along with a site development plan
  • Obtain approval of a riparian buffer management plan, if applicable
  • Submit record drawings and a Stormwater Management Inspection & Maintenance Agreement
  • Provide An Engineer's certification for all stormwater management facilities on the plans

Complete requirements and specifications can be found in Title 13 of the City code.

Additional Stormwater Programs

The Stormwater Management Program consists of multiple additional programs and ordinances to help achieve the program goals mentioned above, which include:

If you have questions or concerns, or want to report a Stormwater/E&S issue, please email us or call the Stormwater/E&S Hotline at 540.213.6517.