Stormwater Webinar Discusses Stormwater and Redevelopment Concerns

NAHBNational Association of Home Builders 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is offering a free webinar on the impact that Maryland’s stormwater regulations and the federal total maximum daily load requirements may have on Smart Growth and redevelopment.  Presenters will include Glynn Rountree from NAHB; Les Knapp from MACo; and Tom Ballentine from NAIOP, a Commercial Real Estate Development Association. 

Event Date & Time: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 2:00PM EST

Fee: Free

Learn how different and competing planning objectives are adding new confusion to the development process. This webinar will explore the conflicts between Smart Growth policy and stormwater requirements.

New, aggressive stormwater requirements are streaming out of EPA on a regular basis, affecting both new development and redevelopment. Smart Growth concepts embrace the idea that new housing growth should be encouraged in urban areas. Yet redevelopment activities are often more expensive and burdensome than building outside of urban areas. The feasibility of redevelopment and infill in our cities and older suburban areas can be threatened if the new stormwater requirements make redevelopment projects too costly, overly complex, or just plain impossible to comply with. For such areas to redevelop, new stormwater requirements must be flexible enough so builders can find ways to come into compliance with the many new requirements while still keeping building projects affordable and achievable.

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