The City of Springfield has enacted Storm Water Ordinances in order to protect maintain and enhance the public health safety and general welfare of the citizens of the City of Springfield by establishing minimum requirements and procedures to control adverse impacts associated with stormwater runoff from new development and redevelopment. The City of Springfield is the permitting authority for all land disturbing activities and requires the land owner to maintain all on-site stormwater control facilities and all open space areas (e.g. parks or “green” areas) required by the approved stormwater control plan. The City of Springfield will only provide construction permits to projects that establish a plan to manage stormwater runoff occurring during the construction process. The City of Springfield, under the NPDES program, also has the authority to inspect properties for noncompliance and can issue a notice of violation (NOV) for any deficiency or infraction onsite. Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of any stormwater facilities or practices located on the property. The City of Springfield has the authority to inspect stormwater facilities and practices in order to ascertain that they properly maintained and functioning.
A. Permit or waiver required. Prior to the commencement of construction for any proposed development listed below, a stormwater management permit, or a waiver of the requirement for a stormwater management permit, must be issued by the Stormwater Authority. No person shall, on or after the effective date of this chapter, initiate any land clearing and grubbing, land grading, earth moving or development activities without first complying with this chapter.
A. Procedures, requirements and fee schedules for stormwater management permits, and stormwater and LID performance standards shall be defined and included as part of any rules and regulations promulgated as permitted under this chapter.
B. Issuance of a stormwater management permit shall not be construed as a guarantee by the City of Springfield, the Stormwater Authority or its employees or agents of the design or efficiency of the approved stormwater management system.
The Stormwater Authority, or an authorized agent of the Stormwater Authority, shall enforce this chapter, regulations adopted hereunder, orders, and violation notices and enforcement orders issued hereunder, and may pursue all civil and criminal remedies for such violations. Enforcement shall be further defined and included as part of any rules and regulations promulgated as permitted under this chapter.