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Governor signs stormwater bill

RALEIGH — On Oct. 8, Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 218 — Streamline Permits/Redevelopment of Property — which will clarify stormwater runoff requirements applicable to preexisting development in water supply watersheds. Rep. Jeff Zenger was the primary bill sponsor.

“What this bill does is enable businesses whose buildings were built prior to stormwater requirements and watershed regulations, the option of expanding if they will capture all the water from the expansion and the existing facility and run it through a stormwater system,” Zenger said.

This act becomes effective Nov. 1, and applies to applications for permits and other approvals received on or after that date.