Development Projects/Post Construction Stormwater Management

Raul M. Rojas, County Purchasing Agent, Director, Public Works
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Post Construction Requirements and Low Impact Development Resources

This page provides information and resources intended for development project applicants, architects, engineers, contractors, planners, landscape architects, municipal staff and the general public.

 

How to Comply: Additional Tools and Guidance

Certain development projects in Marin must follow the applicable guidance manual listed below:

  • BASMAA Post Construction Manual (Manual): The Manual was created to assist development project applicants to prepare submittals that demonstrate compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 2013 Phase II Permit E.12 requirements and/or local requirements. Projects subject to the requirements must follow the manual and submit the appropriate Stormwater Control Plan based on project type. Regulated Projects, as defined in the Manual, are required to incorporate bioretention facilities into the drainage design. The Manual includes Stormwater Control Plan Templates. Editable versions of the templates and additional tools and guidance follow:

Check with the local permitting agency for more information on specific post construction stormwater treatment and control requirements.

Additional guidance for development professionals:

  • Bioretention Soil Media Specifications
  • Rain Gardens  - Fact sheet on rain gardens, stormwater control for small projects. Produced by Bay Area Management Agencies Association (BASMAA)Includes:  checklist for feasibility, general recommendations for size, guidance on how to plan and install a rain garden,  selection of appropriate plants,  design checklist, and maintenance considerations.
  • Start at the Source (1999) - Design guidance Manual for Stormwater Quality Protection 

Post Construction Requirements in Marin

Marin’s cities, towns and unincorporated areas must require designated development projects to comply with Provision E.12 of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) under the Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Stormwater Permit (Phase II Permit). Provision E.12 requires site designs for new developments and redevelopments that are defined as Regulated Projects (or where required by the local agency) to minimize the area of new roofs and paving. Where feasible, pervious surfaces should be used instead of paving so that runoff can infiltrate to the underlying soil. Remaining runoff from impervious areas must be captured and used or treated using bioretention. Regulated Projects must also incorporate pollutant source control best management practices into the site design. Certain Small Projects and Single Family Home Projects (not part of a larger plan of development) must implement at least one site design measure and must show the decrease in runoff from the site.

Post Construction Alert - Fact Sheet on the E.12 requirements that are also described in the BASMAA Post Construction Manual.

Projects subject to the E.12 Requirements Certain categories of projects submitted for discretionary approval that have not been deemed complete by June 30, 2015, are subject to E.12 Post Construction requirements.
 Requirements at a glance from Table 1.1 in BASMAA Post Construction Manual:
Type of Project Project Requirements  Your Submittal

 Single Family Homes: Projects that create or replace 2,500 square feet or more of impervious surface

Small Projects: Projects that create or replace between 2,500 and 5,000 square feet of impervious surface

 Site Design measures:

1. Limit clearing, grading and soil compaction

2.Minimize impervious surfaces

3. Reduce runoff, for example by dispensing runoff to landscaping or using pervious pavements

4. Conserve natural areas of the site as much as possible  consistent with local General Plan

5. Comply with stream setback ordinances/requireemnts

6. protect slopes and channels against erosion

 Follow the instructions in the template: "Stormwater Control Plan for a Single- Family Home or Small Development Project"  (Appendix C)

 Required Projects: Projects other than single family homes that create or replace 5,000 square feet or more of impervious surface

 Site Design measures addition to those for small projects:

1. Route  runoff to biotention or other facilities sized and designed according to criteria in Chapter 4 BASMAA Post Construction Manual

2. Identify potential sources  of pollutants and implement corresponding source control measures in Appendix A BASMAA Post Construction Manual

3. provide ongoing maintenance of bioretention facilities

 Follow the instructions in the template: "Stormwater Control Plan for a Regulated Project"  (Appendix D)

 Roads and Linear Utility Projects: Projects that create 5,000 square feet or more of newly constructed contiguous impervious surface

 Requirements vary  Complete the "Model Sign-Off Form" (Appendix G). Contact your local stormwater coordinator regarding compliance options

For requirements at a glance for projects in San Anselmo see specific E.12 applicability table for that jurisdiction.

Requirements in effect prior to June 30, 2015 Until the new Phase II Permit Post Construction (E.12) requirements are in effect, certain projects in San Rafael, Novato and unincorporated Marin County will be required to comply with the Attachment 4 from the previous 2003 Phase II permit. For projects requiring discretionary approvals that are deemed complete for processing by June 30, 2015, and for discretionary permit projects with vesting tentative maps by June 30, 2015, your local agency may require the project to be designed in accordance with the MCSTOPPP Guidance for Applicants: Stormwater Quality Manual for Development Projects in Marin County. Applicants from other municipalities in Marin should contact their local permitting agency to determine if any post construction requirements apply to their project.

Preparing for requirements during construction All post construction stormwater management requirements are separate from, and in addition to, requirements for erosion and sediment control and other pollution prevention measures during construction. Construction projects over an acre are subject to the State of California’s General Construction Permit.

Low Impact Development (LID) Resources

If you're planning to develop or redevelop a property, consider redesigning your drainage to reduce water quality impacts. Rain runoff carries pollutants to creeks and other water bodies. When rain flows over hard surfaces the speed and volume of water can cause creek erosion downstream. For ideas on how to use Low Impact Development design to protect fish and other wildlife in Marin’s creeks, explore the resources below and consider implementing the following practices:

  • Disconnect downspouts to let water run off your roof onto a splash block and into landscaped areas.. 
  • Install a rain barrel
  • Slow down your roof runoff by connecting rain chains to your roof gutters.
  • Use mulch on plant beds to slow the flow in areas where water can seep in.
  • Consider planting a rain garden.

LID and Stormwater-Friendly Development Resources