Chapel Hill Stormwater Management Program Master Plan

Client: Town of Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill Stormwater Management Program Master Plan

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The purpose of the project was to develop a comprehensive detailed strategic business plan and program master plan for Chapel Hill stormwater management.

Phase I was an assessment of the baseline conditions of the current stormwater program and the factors impacting the program as it moves forward. Existing stormwater ordinances were reviewed, stormwater staff was interviewed, organizational structures were reviewed, and internal and external stakeholders were polled. A public hearing was also conducted as part of Phase I in order to allow an opportunity for citizen input.

Phase II focused on the development of objectives, measures and milestones for each of the ten goals adopted by Council for the Town’s program. Other tasks included development of a prioritization strategy for capital improvement projects, crafting of a stormwater fee credit policy and manual, recommendations for improvements in BMP operation and maintenance, and financial forecasting and planning for the program. In addition, watershed plans were developed for two pilot watersheds in Town to recommend and prioritize measures to mitigate flooding and improve water quality and stream integrity. The plans were used as a baseline in projecting the Town’s stormwater capital improvement needs and to recommend and assess possible scenarios for addressing the Jordan Lake requirements.