The following questions were received in the comments sections, were raised on neighborhood blogs, or are often asked at recent Council district information meetings. Here are the answers:
Q. How much did the City spend to determine the amount of impervious square feet on every parcel?
A. The GIS mapping technology utilized to perform the calculations was and is also in use within the Departments of Community Development and Public Works. As a result, DPU was able to utilize the same technology already in place and incurred only the cost for the processing and clean-up of the building and transportation GIS layers from DPW and DCD. That cost was approximately $20,000.
Q. Where are the incentives for conservation for homeowners?
At this time the City is unable to offer credits for homeowners who utilize methods to capture and use stormwater runoff. This is based on the way the City charter is written. The City does have plans to introduce legislation to the General Assembly whereby residents may obtain credits for the implementation of various methods to capture stormwater runoff (i.e. rain barrels, rain gardens, pervious pavers, etc.)
Q. Why do multifamily units cost more?
Multifamily residential units cost more because the amount of impervious area of these structures (roofs, parking lots, sidewalks, etc.) is usually larger and therefore generates more stormwater runoff.
Q. Will VCU be required to pay the stormwater utility fee?
Yes. VCU will be required to pay the stormwater utility fee. However, because they are a non-residential property, they do have the ability to apply for a partial credit of up to 50 percent by implementing methods that would significantly reduce the quality and quantity of stormwater runoff from their property.
The only properties that are granted a full waiver of the stormwater utility fee are undeveloped properties, public streets and roadways, cemeteries and *City of Richmond owned properties.
*Note: Richmond Public Schools and properties owned by RRHA are NOT owned by the City of Richmond and therefore will be required to pay.