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The online tool provides nonresidential property owners a draft measurement of impervious surfaces, a factor should the city adopt a utility fee.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Nonresidential property owners in Roanoke can now get a solid estimate of how much they would pay if the city adopts a proposed storm water utility fee.
Draft measurements of the impervious surface on about 10,000 parcels can now be viewed on the city’s real estate GIS mapping tool.
The fee will be based on the amount of a parcel’s surface that rainwater can’t soak through, including roofs, driveways, parking lots, decks, awnings, out buildings and any other nonporous objects or coverings.
The proposed fee is 90 cents per month per 500 square feet of impervious surface. The larger that area, the larger the cost to the city of making sure the runoff can drain properly and isn’t picking up pollutants on its way to the nearest stream.
New federal rules will soon set tougher water quality standards for runoff storm water. Plus, the city backlog of drainage work already exceeds $70 million.
To calculate the monthly fee for a parcel, go to the city’s new GIS site at www.roanokeva.gov and search for your parcel.
Once it’s located, click the “Map Layers” tab, expand the “Draft Commercial Impervious Surface” and check the box to activate the layer. The impervious surface on the property will appear in yellow on the map, along with a measurement.
To estimate the fee for a parcel, divide the measurement by 500, and multiply the result by 90 cents.
For example, the city’s Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building has 56,673 square feet of impervious surface, according to the GIS. That number divided by 500 is 113.346, which multiplied by 90 cents comes to $102.01 the parcel would be billed monthly if the fees are adopted.
Property owners with questions or who want to report errors are asked to call the office of the city engineer at 853-2731.
Measurements for residential parcels are in the works and are expected to be available in October. The Roanoke City Council could hold a public hearing on the proposal as early as its 7 p.m. Oct. 21 meeting. The council could vote on the measure later in the year.
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