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Sec. 16.2-1. Purpose.
The purpose of this chapter is to reduce the adverse impacts of stormwater runoff from development sites in the City of Lynchburg to the greatest extent possible, by establishing minimum requirements and procedures to control the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff associated with land development. By converting more or less natural landscapes to sites with impervious surfaces, development can cause increases in the quantity and velocity of stormwater runoff and decreases in the water quality of stormwater runoff. Adverse impacts from development shall not be allowed to affect adjacent or downstream property owners. The Lynchburg City Council has determined that the lands and waters comprising the watersheds of the city are valuable and important natural resources, which provide subsistence for life. Therefore, it is in the public interest to establish requirements to regulate the discharge of stormwater runoff from land development projects as provided for in this chapter. The waters and waterways within the city are at times subjected to flooding. Such flooding is a danger to the lives and property of the public and is also a danger to the natural resources of the city. Land development tends to accentuate such flooding by increasing stormwater runoff, due to alteration of the hydrologic response of the watershed in changing from the undeveloped to the developed condition. The flooding produced by the development of real property contributes increased quantities of water-borne pollutants, and tends to increase channel erosion. Such flooding, erosion, and pollution constitute deterioration of the water resources of the City of Lynchburg and downstream communities. The adverse environmental effects of development can be limited by the regulation of stormwater runoff from such land development. Proper management of stormwater runoff will minimize damage to public and private property, reduce the effects of development on land and stream channel erosion, assist in the attainment and maintenance of water quality standards, reduce local flooding, and maintain as nearly as possible, the pre-development runoff characteristics of the area. Procedures provided in this document to reduce stormwater runoff will apply to land-disturbing activity, as done by public and private entities in the City of Lynchburg. (Ord. No. O-01-079, 4-24-01, eff. 5-1-01; Ord. No. O-07-047, 4-10-07; Ord. No. O-14-070, 6-10-14)