Tuesday, August 26 2014, 08:51 PM EDT
Changes Proposed To Chattanooga Stormwater System
The city's storm water board is proposing changes to it's runoff system.
Tuesday afternoon, Chattanooga Public Works and the Storm water board will hold a specially called meeting at 3 p.m. to discuss new standards for the rainwater management guide.
Some changes to be discussed include increasing buffer zones for community waterways from 30 to 60 feet. But one opponent of the change, City Councilman Larry Grohn says it will add more harm than good. He says by making these changes, it could increase development costs in the South Chickamauga Drainage Basin. He says, an estimated 46-thousand dollars more to develop per acre. Councilman Grohn says by doing this it could have an adverse affect on development in the East Brainerd area.
The news of the change comes after Grohn says the city has been under fire from the EPA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for not living up to both organizations' guidelines.
The meeting will be held at the Development Resource Center.
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