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County to consider stormwater ordinance
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The Bryan County Board of Commissioners might soon consider a stormwater ordinance that could help protect the area’s coastal waterways.

Curtis Burkett, on behalf of the state Coastal Regional Commission, proposed Tuesday during the commissioners’ regular meeting in Pembroke that they implement a Coastal Stormwater Supplement ordinance to set up contamination and destruction preventatives for coastal rivers, creeks, estuaries and marshlands.

Burkett, who is with the engineering firm Zev Cohen and Associates that put together the state’s Stormwater Management Manual, told the board that a Coastal Stormwater Supplement (CSS) would be beneficial to Bryan County because of its location along the coast.
“If it wants to or not, Bryan County is going to be a growing area if the economy begins to recover,” Burkett told the News on Friday. “It’s a good element to have in place as the county grows and moves forward.”

Burkett said if the ordinance is adopted, any person or company wishing to begin a development process would be given the stormwater ordinance guidelines to follow as they develop their project.
“It gives Bryan County the latest in techniques and principles that are being utilized toward stormwater management these days,” Burkett said. “It can also lead to a reduction of development costs for potential developers or projects proposed within the community.”

According to County Administrator Phil Jones, Bryan County does not currently have a stormwater ordinance. However, he said there are elements found in the engineering and design regulations that could be interpreted as a stormwater ordinance.

Commissioners will hold a workshop to find out more information about this potential ordinance at 3 p.m. June 14 at the Administrative Complex in South Bryan before the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.

For more, pick up a copy of the May 14 edition of the News.

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