Construction & Development

Any development or construction site in University Place that disturbs one acre of soils or greater are required to develop and submit a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) to the city. The SWPPP includes site specific BMPs for reducing or eliminating pollution in stormwater before it leaves the site. 

The SWPPP’s proposed BMPs must be reviewed prior to the permit approval and are required to be continuously inspected during construction in order to reduce sedimentation and erosion potential on site and to protect water quality. It is required that every construction site has a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) who conducts the required inspections.

Several City staff are certified (CESCL) and provide experience, knowledge and oversight to this process.

Low Impact Development (LID) projects (PDF) are beginning to be more prevalent and preferred options.