In order to streamline the development review process and provide quicker turnaround on permits, the City has restructured its Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management programs.
The Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) and Stormwater Management (SWM) programs, mandated by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, work to protect the City’s land and streams from damaging erosion by requiring basic runoff reduction measures during construction and once large projects are completed.
Tom Roberts, Director of Planning & Community Development, has taken on the role of Program Administrator for ESC/SWM. Further, the City has contracted with A. Morton Thomas (AMT) Engineers to perform plan review and project inspections. AMT provides the same service to Rockbridge County, so contractors may already be familiar with them. Over the next 1-2 years, the City’s new Building Official Alan McMahan will take on the role of ESC/SWM inspector.
This alignment of program administration, permitting, and inspection will centralize all development review within the Planning & Community Development department, simplifying and speeding the approval of projects. The City’s contract with AMT also allows us to tap their broad experience with site engineering and ESC/SWM. The land disturbing permit fee schedule has also been updated.
For many years, Trina Mastran, Director of Public Works, served successfully as combined program administrator, plan reviewer, and inspector for all ESC/SWM projects. Thank you for your work!