Aubrey James Shepherd's unique view from Fayetteville, Arkansas
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Streamside protection ordinance to be discussed during Tuesday, January 24, 2011, City Council Meeting: Passing and enforcing it on future projects near streams can prevent many problems
Streamside Protection Ordinance
The Nutrient Reduction Plan, completed in April 2009 by Geosyntec Consultants as part of an Agreement with the Beaver Water District and the City of Fayetteville, recommends the development and implementation of a riparian buffer ordinance. This ordinance is part of a series of recommendations designed to reduce non-point source loadings of total phosphorus in the Beaver Lake Watershed and would ultimately reduce the non-point source loadings of total phosphorus in all the City’s waterways.
The City of Fayetteville hosted two public education and input sessions on streamside protection in early March, as well as an online survey during March and April, in order to get citizen input in the development of the ordinance. Questions asked of participants included input into which streams should have buffer protection and what activities should be allowed or prohibited in the protected areas.
A question and answer session for property owners who might be affected was held on October 12 at the City Administration building. The question and answer slide show from this meeting can be found HERE.
The Planning Commission forwarded the Streamside Protection Ordinance to the City Council with a recommendation for approval on November 8, 2010 with a vote of 7-2-0. The ordinance will go to City Council on February 1, 2011.