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Water Quality Fee Credits

Credits for Parcels with 3 ERUs or more

1) Retrofit/Mitigation Plan (25% 1st year, up to 85% year 2 & 3)
A Water Quality Fee Credit of 25% for the 1st year, and up to 85% for years 2 & 3, will be offered to those sites submitting a proposal that results in the installation of structural measures (BMPs) that reduce the City's stormwater burden.

2) Tree Planting Plan (up to 20%)
Credit up to 20% will be offered for planting new trees and/or maintenance of existing trees that cover 25% of the sites measured impervious area.

3) Water Quality Education (up to 35% for calendar year 2009, up to 30% for calendar year 2010, up to 25% thereafter)
Credit will be offered to Public and Private Schools, K through 12, which integrate a curriculum in each grade level, approved by the City, for the purpose of providing Water Quality/Watershed education programs.

4) Water Quality Devices (up to 30%)
Credit will be offered for floatable skimmers and proprietary devices that are used to improve water quality.

5) Existing Detention/Retention Facilities (up to 40%)
Credit up to 40% will be offered for existing detention/retention facilities that meet certain city requirements.

6) Low Impact Development (LID) or Open Space (up to 75%)
Credit up to 75% will be offered for green infrastructure that is approved by the Water Quality Manager.

7) LEED Certified Development (up to 60%)
Credit up to 60% will be offered to a property that has received LEED certification and has obtained 5 specific "sustainable sites" credits.

8) Stream Buffers or Conservation Easements (up to 40%)
Credit up to 40% will be offered for constructing and/or maintaining a natural buffer on either side of the stream or jurisdictional wetland.

9) Property Line Buffers (up to 10%)
Credit up to 10% will be offered for property line buffers required by zoning and maintained per an approved landscape plan.

10) NPDES Permitted Facilities (up to 20%)
Credit up to 20% will be offered to properties that have an NPDES stormwater permit in good standing for at least 12 months prior to the application date.


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To preserve and enhance the quality of the physical environment and infrastructure through prompt, cost effective and courteous delivery of services which protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens.

Justin Holland, Administrator
1250 Market Street
Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
(423) 643-6311  


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