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(A) It is the purpose and intent of §§ 160.087 through 160.100 of this chapter to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the present and future residents of village and downstream drainage areas by providing for the protection, preservation, proper maintenance, and use of village watercourses, lakes, ponds, floodplain and wetland areas. All work to be done in a Lowland Conservancy District will require a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. The responsibility for obtaining the permit is by the applicant. If requested by the village, a sign-off from the Army Corps of Engineers will be required if the site appears to be near a wetland area. Absolutely no work shall be undertaken until the Administrator has received an approved permit by the Army Corps of Engineers.
(1) To prevent flood damage by preserving storm and floodwater storage capacity (including depressional storage);
(2) To maintain the normal hydrologic balance of streams, floodplains, ponds, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater by storing and providing for infiltration of wet-period runoff in floodplains and wetlands, and releasing it slowly to the stream to maintain in-stream flow;
(3) To manage stormwater runoff and maintain natural runoff conveyance systems, and minimize the need for major storm sewer construction and drainageway modification;
(4) To improve water quality, both by filtering and storing sediments and attached pollutants, nutrients, and organic compounds before they drain into streams or wetlands, and by maintaining the natural pollutant- assimilating capabilities of streams, floodplains and wetlands;
(5) To protect shorelines and stream banks from soil erosion, using natural means and materials wherever possible;
(6) To protect fish spawning, breeding, nursery and feeding grounds;
(7) To protect wildlife habitat;
(8) To preserve areas of special recreational, scenic, or scientific interest, including natural areas and habitats of endangered species;
(9) To maintain and enhance the aesthetic qualities of developing areas; and
(10) To encourage the continued economic growth and high quality of life of the village which depends in part on an adequate quality of water, a pleasing natural environment, and recreational opportunities in proximity to the village.
(C) In order to achieve the purpose and intent of §§ 160.087 through 160.100 of this chapter, the village hereby designates the Lowland Conservancy Overlay District that shall be considered as an overlay to the zoning districts created by village zoning ordinances as amended. Any proposed development activity within the District must obtain a site development permit as approved by the governing body of the village. (See § 160.090.)
(Ord. 06-0383, passed 3-15-06)