New Storm-Water Law Impacts Developers in San Diego and South Orange & Riverside counties, California

[GBP Note: On their own, many business park developers have been implementing "green" methods, such as on-site retention and "swales", to manage storm-water runoff but Southern California is increasing regulation to force compliance to a higher standard.  Read more about MS4 (Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems) at the US Environmental Protection Agency: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and the California EPA State Water Resources Control Board.  As always, we here at Global Business Parks believe that "green" efforts by parks owners adds value for their tenants and can be a great marketing differentiator. ]
Last Updated: May 30, 2013

New Storm-Water Law Impacts Developers

By Carrie Rossenfeld

ORANGE COUNTY, CA-The environmental effects of storm-water runoff have become an immediate concern for developers of projects in San Diego and will soon become equally concerning to developers of projects in South Orange and Riverside counties, thanks to stricter permit regulations for storm-water and dry-weather runoff, known as the MS4 Permit, which were approved this month. The requirements will take place in San Diego immediately, in Southern Orange County starting in December 2014 and in Riverside County in November 2015.

Kathryn Horning, an attorney with law firm Allen Matkins, tells that the legislation imposes restrictions on new and existing developments that have never been imposed before now, and owners and developers need to be aware of how it will impact them. “The requirements that the City is going to have to meet are going to be filled by owners and developers,” says Horning. “The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board is focusing on storm-water pollution, and one of the board members has said that storm-water is one of its top three priorities over the next three years, so they’re trying to step up on this.”


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