Mitigate the negative impacts of stormwater runoff and plan for a lasting potable water supply
Goal 19. Mitigate the negative impacts of stormwater runoff and plan for a lasting potable water supply
The Town should require that all new developments include green infrastructure (GI) features, which not only help to reduce flooding and offset stormwater loading on existing drainage infrastructure, but also help to facilitate a natural filtration process and improve water quality. The Town should create incentives (e.g. additional density, reduced parking) for retrofitting existing developments to include GI features. Where appropriate, development on Town-owned property should include them as well. The Town should also require applicants to assess how their project could impact stormwater runoff flow into nearby water courses, pipe networks and properties. These hydrologic and hydraulic analyses should include water quality (i.e. chemical composition) and quantity (i.e. peak flows and volume) provisions. In order to plan for a lasting and sustainable water supply, the Town should consider conducting a Town-wide or targeted area aquifer study to assess the quantity and quality of groundwater and should look to expand the Town’s public water supply system where practicable.