EPA continues work on new federal stormwater regulations that are expected to impact development
The Environmental Protection Agency continues to develop new stormwater regulations that are expected to force project developers to write stormwater considerations into designs.
The reason: it's easier and cheaper to manage stormwater by decreasing a building's footprint or designing landscapes to soak up water than it is to add devices after the building is in place.
Some developers may have to install things like pollution-reducing green roofs or stormwater-retention basins. The rulemaking process, begun in 2010, appears to have been delayed for political reasons, but may move forward after a new EPA chief is installed.