Stormwater runoff, without proper control, can be a lead to serious pollution problems. There are a number of actions that a municipality can take to control the amount of stormwater runoff produced, other than expensive infrastructure developments, one of which being a Permeable Driveway Ordinance. A Permeable Driveway ordinance is a site-plan requirement that minimizes off-site drainage, and is incentivized by an optional coverage bonus.
How to establish a Permeable Driveway Ordinance in your city:
Step 1: LEARN. Watch our Citizen Legislator Lesson and download our Citizen Legislator Participation Guide.
Step 2: PREPARE. Get ready for your presentation by downloading our Permeable Driveway Presentation Kit which includes a sample OPRA Request, sample Presentation Statement, and an Advisory Policy Memo. And make sure to reach out and build support through friends, family, social media, and local media!
Step 3: PRESENT. Download the Model Ordinance and make an official presentation to your local governing body.
Step 4: FOLLOW UP! Officials have a lot on their plates, so it’s up to you to follow-up and make sure your proposal doesn’t get lost in the shuffle! Attend council meetings, email, and call officials if you don’t get an adequate response (but always be respectful!). And if you continue to hit roadblocks? Request a coach from The Citizens Campaign to help you out.