For the purpose of the article, the following words, terms, and phrases shall have the meaning given to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning.
   CREDIT.  Ongoing reductions in the stormwater management service charge applicable to a given zoning lot or tract in recognition of the on-site or off-site systems, facilities, measures, and/or actions undertaken to reduce or mitigate the stormwater quantity and/or quality impact(s) of the zoning lot or tract that would otherwise impact the public stormwater management system. Credit shall be conditioned on the continuing performance of the mitigation systems, facilities, measures, or actions in reference to standards adopted by the stormwater management utility, and may be revised or rescinded for cause. In no case shall credits exceed the amount of the stormwater management service charge. The means and measures for identifying, issuing and obtaining credits will be provided in a credit policy approved by City Council.
   CUSTOMER or CONSUMER.  The person or entity to which a bill for stormwater service charges is billed. The customer may be the owner or occupant of a property, but the owner is ultimately responsible for payment of the charge.
   DEVELOPED LAND.  Real property that contains impervious surfaces, and includes improved land without structures and land on which improvements are under construction.
   DRAINAGE SYSTEM.   Natural and man-made channels, pipes, ponds and other facilities that transfer, control, convey or otherwise influence the movement of stormwater runoff.
   DWELLING UNIT. One (1) or more rooms physically arranged to create a housekeeping establishment with separate facilities for cooking, sleeping and toilet for occupancy by one (1) or more persons.
   EQUIVALENT RUNOFF UNIT (ERU). The median of impervious surface area on a single-family detached residential dwelling unit property in the City. The ERU is calculated to be two thousand six hundred and eighteen (2,618) square feet of impervious surface or fraction thereof.
   IMPERVIOUS SURFACE. Any surface which, because of its material composition or compacted nature, impedes or prevents natural infiltration of stormwater into the soil. Impervious surfaces include, but are not limited to, roofs, roof extensions, patios, balconies, decks, including wooden slatted decks, athletic courts, swimming pools, excluding the water area of swimming pools, streets, parking areas, driveways, sidewalks, and any concrete, stone, brick, asphalt, or compacted gravel surfaces. Ungraveled natural footpaths, water surfaces of lakes, streams, and swimming pools and drain fields are not impervious surfaces.
   LOT. Land bounded by lines legally established for the purpose of property division.
   NON-RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPED LAND. All properties except those utilized for residential habitation.
   NATURAL STATE. Shall describe existing undeveloped land where the soil and vegetation characteristics has not been substantially modified or disturbed by human activities and the hydrologic function is in an unaltered or natural condition.
   OTHER RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPED LAND. Any individual lot or parcel of residential developed land that is not single-family detached residential property. It includes, but is not limited to, land upon which there are residential structures that contain more than one (1) dwelling unit, such as multi-family dwellings (duplexes and greater), manufactured home parks as defined in the ordinance regulating development, condominiums, apartments, boarding houses, rooming houses, privately-owned fraternity and sorority houses.
   PROPERTY OWNER or OWNER.  The owner of a real property as shown on the Union County tax records.
   REAL PROPERTY. Land, tenements, and hereditaments.
   SINGLE-FAMILY DEVELOPED LAND. An individual lot or parcel of land developed with only one (1) single-family (attached [townhome] or detached) dwelling unit, one (1) manufactured home, or one (1) mobile home, and the ownership interest of the land and of the dwelling unit are united and identical. SINGLE-FAMILY DEVELOPED LAND shall not include structures used primarily for nonresidential purposes or other residential and nonresidential developed property.
   SINGLE-FAMILY EQUIVALENT RESIDENTIAL UNIT RATE. The unit charge for stormwater service established by City Council.
   STORMWATER.  The runoff from precipitation that travels over natural state or developed land surfaces and enters a drainage system.
   STORMWATER MANAGEMENT SERVICE CHARGE.  The charge to provide stormwater services to developed property. The charge is based upon the single-family equivalent residential unit (ERU) as calculated for that property and multiplied by the single family equivalent residential unit rate.
   STORMWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM or SYSTEM. The system of natural and constructed devices for collecting and transporting stormwater. It includes, but is not limited to, structural drainage systems such as open swales and ditches, catch basins, pipes, inlets, storm sewers, drains, culverts, junction boxes, and other stormwater management facilities that affect the quality and quantity of stormwater located within dedicated public street rights-of-way and City of Monroe permanent drainage easements accepted by the City and all natural stormwater drainage systems.
   STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FUNDS.  The stormwater management service charges and the interest generated by those charges.
   STORMWATER SERVICES. City stormwater management programs designed to protect water quality by controlling the level of pollutants in, and the quantity and flow of, stormwater and City service of structural and natural stormwater and drainage systems of all types.  STORMWATER SERVICES include any cost necessary to assure that all aspects of stormwater quality and quantity are managed in accordance with federal and State laws, regulations and rules, and costs related to the mapping, planning, construction, operation, maintenance, inspection, management and regulation of the stormwater management system and the regulation of impervious surface and stormwater.
   UNDEVELOPED LAND.  All land that is not altered from its natural state to extent that results in less than four hundred (400) total square feet of impervious surface area per individual lot.
(Ord. O-2008-46, passed 11-18-08)