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Stormwater Frequently Asked Questions
See the video of the June 7 public meeting.
Update June 6, 2018
The Town of Estes Park invites Estes Valley residents and property owners to attend one of three public meetings to learn about a proposed Stormwater Management Project and the associated proposed new utility user fees. The proposed utility fees are to be charged to every property owner in the Estes Valley. Proposed fee amounts will range from seven dollars to over $100 per month depending on impervious area. Each meeting will provide information on the draft Stormwater Master Plan and the proposed Stormwater Utility. The information is pertinent to both Town residents and residents of unincorporated Larimer County within the Estes Valley Development Code area. The meetings will take place:
These public outreach meetings on the Stormwater management Project follow the introduction of the new preliminary floodplain maps provided by the Colorado Hazard Mapping Program (CHAMP) and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) held May 30. The Stormwater Management Project public meetings upcoming will include brief presentations on the Master Plan for the Estes Valley Development Code Area, and a proposed Stormwater utility followed by small group breakout discussions for participants to ask specific questions and learn more about the challenges in our community with stormwater runoff, possible solutions and proposed stormwater utility fees. Public feedback is critical to the future of these improvements.
Estes Valley Stormwater Management Project Resources
Stormwater Master Plan
Master Plan Executive Summary
Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study
Comparison Map of Floodplain and Stormwater Improvements
Nonstructural Flood Mitigation Assessment (Silver Jacket Program)
Estes Valley Development Code Area Map
Stormwater Management Project Public Outreach Presentation - Updated and revised 6/11/18 based on public feedback received in the June public outreach meetings
Update May 21, 2018
The Town of Estes Park is proposing a Stormwater Management Project based on the recently completed Stormwater Master Plan and Feasibility Study. Conceptual maps of the proposed project were developed for cost estimates only and will change during the individual project design process. The Master Plan Executive Summary and an Estes Valley Stormwater Management Comparison Map have also been separately made available for quick reference.
The Town will be holding three public meetings to help citizens learn about the proposal. Each meeting will provide information on the draft Stormwater Master Plan and a proposed Stormwater Utility. The information is pertinent to both Town residents and residents of unincorporated Larimer County within the Estes Valley Development Code area. The meetings will take place:
These public outreach meetings follow the introduction of the new draft floodplain maps provided by the Colorado Hazard Mapping Program (CHAMP) at the public meeting with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) scheduled on May 30 at 5 p.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center. Public feedback at this meeting is critical to the future of stormwater improvements. Please continue to visit this webpage for updates on this project or contact Public Works at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update May 3, 2018
The Town has started a public outreach process for Stormwater Management, including the recently completed stormwater master plan.
This overview presentation was given to the Board of Realtors on May 3, 2018. Public outreach meetings are tentatively scheduled for June. Project updates will be posted to this page.
Update Apr. 13, 2018
The final Stormwater Master Plan has been received. Associated appendices and Feasibility Study will be released at the time of public outreach. Please continue to visit this webpage for updates on this project or contact Public Works at email@example.com.
Update Jun. 20, 2017
The Town of Estes Park held a public meeting May 11 to provide a forum for community members to weigh in on the developing stormwater master plan. The plan, currently in early development, will identify problem drainage areas and lay out a path for the Town to complete future drainage improvement projects. Anderson Consulting Engineers provided an overview presentation at the meeting and were then available to discuss areas of drainage concerns presented on maps of the Estes Valley watersheds.
The Town of Estes Park's stormwater master plan will identify problem drainage areas and lay out a path for the Town to complete future drainage improvement projects. This plan is a significant first step toward a safer and more sustainable Estes Park. It has been a critical need for Estes Park for many years, and this was never more evident than during the 2013 flood. Many of Estes Park’s existing drainage channels, inlets, culverts and ponds were inadequate to convey the flows that resulted from that rainfall event. The Town suffered significant damage from which it is taking years to recover.
The Plan will be a dynamic document that employs the latest techniques and will provide approaches to encourage continual advances in best management practices when implementing projects and programs. This Plan will be designed to provide, to the extent possible, adaptable solutions to stormwater management that can respond with flexibility to changing conditions, while keeping environmentally sustainable principles in mind and using evidence-based and technologically sound principles. The Plan will directly enhance the existing Estes Valley Development Code regarding future developments by providing a more comprehensive, aerially extensive analysis of stormwater management.
The Estes Valley Development Code Boundary (Project Area) is approximately 33 square miles and encompasses the Upper Big Thompson River Basin. The Town of Estes Park is the only municipality within the Project Area.
This Plan will address runoff from existing and future development areas and shall provide a minor drainage system capable of handling at leas the 10-year flows, and major drainage system designed to convey a 100-year storm runoff event for road crossings on the primary drainage ways within the Project Area. It will provide recommendations for improvements to the existing drainage ways to accommodate both existing and future conditions. The Plan will also include an evaluation of those portions of the Estes Valley within the proposed Project Area, and make recommendations for necessary drainage facilities to correct existing deficiencies, and serve as a guide for private and public improvements in the future.
The Town does not currently have any stormwater development impact or maintenance fees in place to collect funds needed for capital improvements or storm drainage maintenance. A plan is urgently needed to quantify the magnitude of the stormwater drainage problems, identify needed improvements and costs, and propose an implementation schedule. Options to fund the needed work will also be explored, including a feasibility study on implementation of a Stormwater Utility.