Living with Water
The City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) provides standards for addressing stormwater run-off from private developments and limitations on paving to ensure both aesthetic quality in our neighborhoods and a comprehensive approach to water management. These standards are found in several different places within the CZO and this page is intended to provide a snapshot of those standards. For the full regulations, please follow the links provided to review the text of the CZO.
Additionally, there are a number of other regulations and resources that citizens should be familiar with as plans are made for property improvements. The Department of Safety and Permits serves as the City’s Floodplain Administration, which is responsible for ensuring that development meets or exceeds the elevation standards provided by FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Chapter 78 of the City Code. To find out more about living with water and the City’s Resilience Strategy, you can look through the Office of Resilience and Sustainability’s website.
A number of private organizations also provide information, and in some cases financial support, for reducing the overall amount of paving on private property, which directly helps the City manage rain events and storm water runoff entering the pumping system.