Article V. Stormwater Management Plans
5.1 Review and Approval of Stormwater Management Plans
A. For any proposed development, the owner/developer shall submit phased stormwater management plans to the Town of Easton for review and approval. At a minimum, plans shall be submitted for the sketch, preliminary development and final development site plan, phases of project design. Each plan submittal shall include the minimum content specified in section 5.2 of this Ordinance and meet the requirements of the Design Manual and section 4.0 of this Ordinance.
B. The Town of Easton shall perform a comprehensive review of the stormwater management plans for each phase of site design. Coordinated comments will be provided for each plan phase that reflects input from all appropriate agencies including, but not limited to the Talbot Soil Conservation District (SCD) and the Departments of Planning, Zoning, and Public Works. All comments from the Town Engineer and other appropriate agencies shall be addressed and approval received at each phase of project design before subsequent submissions.
C. For sites with minimal improvements such as small redevelopment projects, the Town Engineer has the discretion to combine the preliminary development phase and move directly to the final development phase. This determination will be made at the sketch site plan review phase.
5.2 Contents and Submission of Stormwater Management Plans
A. The owner/developer shall submit a sketch site plan that provides sufficient information for an initial assessment of the proposed project and whether stormwater management can be provided according to section 4.2 of this Ordinance and the Design Manual. Plans submitted for concept approval shall include, but are not limited to:
(1) A map at a scale specified by the Town of Easton showing site location, existing natural features, water and other sensitive resources, topography, and natural drainage patterns;
(2) The anticipated location of all proposed impervious areas, buildings, roadways, parking, sidewalks, utilities, and other site improvements;
(3) The location of the proposed limit of disturbance, erodible soils, steep slopes, and areas to be protected during construction;
(4) Preliminary estimates of stormwater management requirements, the selection and location of ESD practices to be used, and the location of all points of discharge from the site;
(5) A narrative that supports the concept design and describes how ESD will be implemented to the MEP; and
(6) Any other information required by the approving agency.
B. Following sketch site plan approval by Planning and Zoning, the owner/developer shall submit preliminary development site plans that reflect comments received during the previous review phase. Plans submitted for preliminary development site plan approval shall be of sufficient detail to allow site development to be reviewed and include but not be limited to:
(1) All information provided during the concept plan review phase;
(2) Final site layout, exact impervious area locations and acreages, proposed topography, delineated drainage areas at all points of discharge from the site, and stormwater volume computations for ESD practices and quantity control structures;
(3) A proposed erosion and sediment control plan that contains the construction sequence, any phasing necessary to limit earth disturbances and impacts to natural resources and an overlay plan showing the types and locations of ESD and erosion and sediment control practices to be used;
(4) A narrative that supports the site development design, describes how ESD will be used to meet the minimum control requirements, and justifies any proposed structural stormwater management measure; and
(5) The Town of Easton Stormwater Management Check List.
(6) Any other information required by the Town of Easton.
C. Following preliminary development site plan approval by Planning and Zoning, the owner/developer shall submit final development site plans that reflect the comments received during the previous review phase. Plans submitted for final development site plan approval shall be of sufficient detail to allow all approvals and permits to be issued according to the following:
(1) Final erosion and sediment control plans shall be submitted according to COMAR 26.17.01.05; and
(2) Final stormwater management plans shall be submitted for approval in the form of construction drawings and be accompanied by a report that includes sufficient information to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed runoff control design.
D. Reports submitted for final stormwater management plan approval shall include, but are not limited to:
(1) Geotechnical investigations including soil maps, borings, site specific recommendations, and any additional information necessary for the final stormwater management design;
(2) Drainage area maps depicting predevelopment and post development runoff flow path segmentation and land use;
(3) Hydrologic computations of the applicable ESD and unified sizing criteria according to the Design Manual for all points of discharge from the site;
(4) Hydraulic and structural computations for all ESD practices and structural stormwater management measures to be used;
(5) A narrative that supports the final stormwater management design; and
(6) Any other information required by the Town of Easton.
E. Construction drawings submitted for final stormwater management plan approval shall include, but are not limited to:
(1) A vicinity map;
(2) Existing and proposed topography and proposed drainage areas, including areas necessary to determine downstream analysis for proposed stormwater management facilities;
(3) Any proposed improvements including location of buildings or other structures, impervious surfaces, storm drainage facilities, and all grading;
(4) The Town of Easton Stormwater Management Checklist;
(5) The location of existing and proposed structures and utilities;
(6) An easement plat, rights-of-way plat and ESD components, structural BMP facilities with applicable description. Maintenance responsibilities shall be defined;
(7) The delineation, if applicable, of the 100-year floodplain and any on-site wetlands;
(8) Structural and construction details including representative cross sections for all components of the proposed drainage system or systems, and stormwater management facilities;
(9) All necessary construction specifications;
(10) A sequence of construction;
(11) Data for total site area, disturbed area, new impervious area, and total impervious area;
(12) A table showing the ESD and unified sizing criteria volumes required in the Design Manual;
(13) A table of materials to be used for stormwater management facility planting;
(14) All soil boring logs and locations;
(15) An inspection and maintenance schedule;
(16) Certification by the owner/developer that all stormwater management construction will be done according to this plan;
(17) An as-built certification signature block to be executed after project completion;
(18) Copy of Maintenance Agreement; and
(19) Any other information required by the Town of Easton.
F. If a stormwater management plan involves direction of some or all runoff off of the site, it is the responsibility of the developer to obtain from adjacent property owners any easements or other necessary property interests concerning flowage of water. Approval of a stormwater management plan does not create or affect any right to direct runoff onto adjacent property without that property owner's permission.
5.3 Preparation of Stormwater Management Plans
A. The design of stormwater management plans shall be prepared by any individual whose qualifications are acceptable to the Town of Easton. The Town of Easton requires that the design be prepared and sealed by a professional engineer. All plats to be recorded shall be prepared by a professional land surveyor. All landscaping plans for ESD shall be prepared by a licensed landscape architect. All professionals shall be licensed in the State, as necessary to protect the public or the environment.
B. If a stormwater BMP requires either a dam safety permit from the Administration or small pond approval from the Talbot Conservation District, the Town of Easton shall require that the design be prepared by a professional engineer licensed in the Stat