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This section provides examples of both real-world and model ordinances that can be used to guide future growth while safeguarding local natural resources. The intent is to provide language and ideas that communities and stormwater managers can incorporate when constructing an ordinance for their local area. Due to the geographical and climatic differences that influence how stormwater management issues may be addressed, the website includes a sampling of ordinances from all over the nation. By examining the examples provided, community decision-makers should find the language to craft an ordinance that is appropriate for their particular conditions.
The ordinances in this section are ones that constitute good examples of various legal measures enacted to better protect the environmental resources of a community. If you use these ordinances to draft a model for your community, we would be interested in receiving a copy of your approved ordinances or guidelines so that other communities may benefit from your experience. If you have an approved ordinance that you feel may contribute to this database, please feel free to e-mail the Center an electronic copy at firstname.lastname@example.org.