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2002 News from Mecklenburg County
May 17, 2002


Charlotte, NC— Several revisions to a Mecklenburg County ordinance would put stricter requirements on developers and contractors to control soil erosion on their projects, as well as do more to protect wetlands from sediment damage.  The changes are proposed for Mecklenburg County’s and the City of Charlotte’s Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance.   

The revisions were developed in partnership with the development and environmental communities; both have endorsed the changes.  Now the public will have an opportunity to comment on the new rules.  The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing during its regular meeting on May 21, 2002. The meeting begins at 6:00pm in the Meeting Chamber of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street.   

Some of the most significant changes in the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance include: 

·Holding contractors, as well as developers and owners, responsible for violations.

·Recognizing that wetlands must have additional protection.

·New seeding requirements on a construction site.

·More stringent standards when disturbing 20 acres or more.

·                     Increased and immediate fines for disturbing land without a permit or allowing sediment to enter a wetland, lake or watercourse.

·Harsher penalties for repeat violators. 

After the public hearing, the Board is expected to consider adoption of the revisions.  The Charlotte City Council is scheduled to consider adoption at its regular meeting on May 28.

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