The City of Plymouth recently approved the creation of a stormwater utility. In March of 2017, the Plymouth Common Council adopted resolutions in support of a DNR runoff management grant. The grant was funded by the DNR in December 2017. The grant provided funds to create draft ordinances related to the post-construction stormwater and general stormwater standards. It also provided funds to assist the city in looking at creating a stormwater utility. The Common Council adopted the post-construction stormwater management and site construction erosion ordinances along with the stormwater utility ordinance on February 26th, 2019. In the summer of 2019, the Common Council approved a stormwater credit policy for non-residential properties along with a user charge or equivalent residential unit rate for stormwater. The various ordinances and resolutions may be found below.
The stormwater utility was created for four main reasons: 1) provide the city with revenue diversification and a dedicated revenue stream for stormwater activities; 2) provide dedicated funding to help the city with future environmental compliance related to the creation of the Lakeshore Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL) (https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/TMDLs/NELakeshore.html); 3) provide dedicated funding to help the with future environmental compliance related to receiving a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit (https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/stormwater/municipal/); and 4) to potentially use the stormwater utility as a mechanism for projects that reduce phosphorous related to the wastewater treatment plant WPDES permit.
In 2020, Plymouth Utilities will begin billing for the stormwater utility pending update of the billing system and customer accounts. The stormwater utility is intended to provide a dedicated funding source for leaf collection, street sweeping, general stormwater maintenance and infrastructure needs along with helping the city with future environmental compliance.