Jun 21, 2021

Fayetteville, Arkansas, Aims to Reduce Flooding Near Residential Construction

The city council will consider changes to city code addressing storm water requirements for certain developments.


There are proposed regulation changes to help lessen flooding for neighbors living near new residential construction built on single lots in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

According to city staff members, the city council will consider changes to city code addressing storm water requirements for certain developments, reported The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. 

The current code requires storm water mitigation measures based on the type of land use and the number of residential units. Single-family homes and duplexes on small lots are typically exempt from storm water requirements as well, reported The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. 

According to city staff members, developers can avoid having to mitigate the impact from adding impervious surface area by splitting larger parcels into smaller individual ones. 

The new rules would apply to single-lot developments and not subdivisions, reported The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Developers of entire subdivisions will have to include detention ponds in their plans and replace trees lost due to construction. 

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The city aims to require storm water mitigation based on total, new, impervious surface area. 

There are stipulations to this, including:

  • Developments adding 1,200 or fewer square feet of impervious surface would remain exempt;
  • Developments with 1,201 to 6,000 square feet of new, impervious surface area would be subject to certain standards;
  • And developments with 6,001 or more square feet would be subject to more standards.

Other goals are: to reduce the amount of runoff coming from new developments to neighboring properties; to encourage developers to pursue denser housing types; and to encourage infill development, reported The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

A proposal to add a fee to residents' monthly water bills to help pay for drainage work across the city may go before the city council fall 2021, according to Public Works Director Chris Brown, reported The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Commercial and institutional properties also would be subject to a fee.

Full details of the proposal can be found here.

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