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September 6, 2019

45-day review period for updated rules

In the past several months, Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District has engaged property owners and developers, along with staff and council members from cities in the watershed, to understand concerns with RPBCWD’s regulatory requirements. Informed by these discussions, RPBCWD has drafted revisions to its rules to address the concerns, while maintaining a rigorous program that provides a high level of resource protection and flood-risk mitigation. The proposed changes are not tweaks, but provide meaningful, responsive reduction in the scope and extent of RPBCWD’s regulatory requirements. The changes underscore that RPBCWD staff and managers understand that the need to protect resources must be balanced against the burden on regulated parties of compliance, and wish to finalize the rules so the regulatory program can focus for the foreseeable future on efficient, effective operation in cooperation with RPBCWD’s other programs and projects, and the development and redevelopment in the watershed.

RPBCWD wishes to receive written or verbal comments on its proposed revisions. Interested persons and organizations can submit written comments on the revisions on or before the close of business on October 21, 2019. RPBCWD prefers submission of comments by email to Terry Jeffery, watershed planning coordinator, at tjeffery@rpbcwd.org. But comments also may be sent to Mr. Jeffery at the RPBCWD offices, 18681 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen MN 55317. Comments on specific provisions in the proposed rules and how they may apply in practice are very useful. Similarly, critique is most valuable when accompanied by notes on a specific change RPBCWD could make or a suggested alternative approach it could take.

In addition to the written comment period, RPBCWD will hold a public hearing on the revisions at 6:30 p.m., on October 2, at the RPBCWD offices at 18681 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen. At the hearing any interested person will have the opportunity to address the managers and staff concerning the proposed revisions.

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