Important Announcements


The City of Durham is moving forward with text amendments to the Stormwater Performance Standards for Development in the City Code (Chapter 70, Article X, Sections 70-736 through 70-744).  These proposed revisions are primarily to address 15A NCAC02B .0711 Neuse Nutrient Strategy : Stormwater which was readopted effective April 1, 2020.  The proposed revisions also include various other items needing updates and clarification.

As an interested party, you are being offered an opportunity to provide comments on the proposed ordinance text amendments through a public comment period.  After July 31, 2021 (close of the voluntary public comment period), the City will review and address all comments received.  Upon further revisions to the ordinance based upon the feedback received, the City will submit the proposed revisions to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) by September 11, 2021 for review (expected six month timeframe).  In turn, NCDEQ will submit the recommended approval/revisions to the Environmental Management Commission (EMC).  Once EMC approval is received, the City will subsequently have a Public Notice advertisement for City Council adoption, which must currently occur by September 11, 2022.  

Should you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please email them to [email protected] with the subject “Ordinance Revision Comments”.  Since these revisions are in a Word document, please feel free to use track changes for any suggested revisions and attach it to your email.  To view and/or provide comments, please visit Proposed Stormwater Ordinance Revisions.

Section 8.2.2 of the Reference Guide for Development

Section 8.2.2 ("SCM Permitting Process") of the Reference Guide for Development ("RGD") has been finalized, approved by the City Manager's Office and added to the current version of the RGD.  Please note that Section 8.2.2 becomes effective July 15, 2021.

Use of the SNAP (Stormwater Nitrogen and Phosphorus) Tool

Beginning April 15, 2019, the use of the SNAP (Stormwater Nitrogen and Phosphorus) v4.1 tool for regulatory compliance with stormwater requirements of the Falls and Jordan nutrient strategies for all development projects subject to nutrient export calculation requirements is required.  SNAP v4.1 is mandatory for the Falls and Jordan Basins only.  Projects in the Lower Neuse Basin shall continue to utilize the Jordan/Falls Lake Stormwater Nutrient Load Accounting Tool version 2.0 until the Neuse Nutrient Strategy is readopted by the State.  For additional information please read the latest Letter to Industry concerning this.