A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE REGULATORY CERTAINTY FOR NORTH CAROLINA BY REQUIRING THE DEVELOPMENT OF MINIMUM DESIGN CRITERIA FOR STORMWATER PERMITS TO GUIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES IN PERMIT ISSUANCE AND TO REFORM THE PERMITTING PROCESS TO ALLOW A FAST-TRACK PERMITTING PROCESS FOR APPLICATIONS CERTIFIED BY A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL TO BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE MINIMUM DESIGN CRITERIA.
Requires the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to develop Minimum Design Criteria for stormwater runoff permits. Requires that the criteria include requirement for the siting, site preparation, design and construction, and post-construction monitoring and evaluation necessary for issuing a stormwater permit.
Also requires DENR to develop Minimum Design Criteria for erosion and sedimentation control plans issued by DENR and local governments. Requires that the criteria include requirements for the siting, site preparation, design and construction, and post-construction monitoring and evaluation necessary to approve an erosion and sedimentation control plan.
Requires DENR to consult with a working group, with specified experts, in developing the criteria and requires that recommendations be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission (EMC) by March 1, 2014.
Enacts new GS 143-214.7B and GS 113A-68 requiring the EMC and the Sedimentation Control Commission to adopt rules to implement fast track permitting processes for stormwater management system permits and approval of erosion and sedimentation control plans, without a technical review when the applicant (1) complies with the Minimum Design Criteria, and (2) submits a permit application sealed by a professional engineer. Rules implementing these statutes must be adopted by February 1, 2014.
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