May 2015

Stormwater Rate Financing for Canadian Municipalities

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please contact Sabine Cheng at [email protected]
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Stormwater Rate Financing for Canadian Municipalities
Location: Metropolitan Hotel (Pacific Room) 645 Howe Street Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Michael A Gregory, P.Eng. - AECOM
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $399.00 + GST = $418.95 until May 7, 2015

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Non-Member Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Student Member Price: $249.50 + GST = $261.98
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by May 07, 2015 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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This seminar is intended for municipal employees, regulatory agency staff, and consultants who are interested in innovative funding mechanisms that can be used to support local government stormwater management programs.
Stormwater rate financing details will be given, along with case studies and lessons learned from stormwater financing studies that have recently been undertaken across Canada. At the conclusion of this seminar, it is expected that participants will understand and demonstrate knowledge of:
  • The various components, needs and issues of typical municipal stormwater management programs;
  • Stormwater program funding mechanisms commonly used in North America, including the pros and cons of each;
  • Technical, financial, and administrative details related to stormwater rate financing, including differences in billing unit methodologies and rate structures, credits and incentives; and
  • Where to go for help and support, including details and contact information for Canadian municipalities that have either investigated or implemented stormwater user fees.

Seminar Outline

1. Overview of Stormwater Financing. This sets the context for the seminar by summarizing typical municipal stormwater management programs and comparing the various financing mechanisms that have been used throughout North America, including property tax, development charges, and user fees.

2. Technical Analyses. This discusses program budgeting and how financial details can be coupled with available parcel-based information to identify specific customer categories, develop a preliminary rate schedule, and assign charges to individual properties.

3. Program Administration. This provides guidance for municipalities who might be interested in investigating the feasibility or implementation of a stormwater rate. Administrative details related to rate implementation are presented including public outreach, legislative authority to enact user fees and other legal considerations, billing systems, account data development and maintenance, and customer service. 

4. Credits and Incentives. This discusses ways for incentivizing landowners to install source control measures on their properties. Credit programs can be beneficial to both parties; the landowner is rewarded with a reduced stormwater charge, and the municipality’s operation/maintenance and capital costs are reduced. Further, this allows a mechanism for inspecting stormwater facilities on private property. 

5. Case Studies are presented from Ontario and British Columbia.

6. Question & Answer.
The Instructor:

Michael A Gregory, P.Eng.AECOM
Michael Gregory, P.Eng., is a senior water resources engineer with AECOM. Mike has 24 years of experience in stormwater management, including planning, analysis, design and program financing throughout North America. He is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario, Ohio, and Florida. Mike has undertaken 13 stormwater financing studies in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, including Canada’s first implementation of a stormwater utility based on measured impervious area (City of Kitchener). Mike was a chapter author and peer reviewer for the 2013 Water Environment Federation publication “User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs, Second Edition”. He has given many presentations on this subject at local and international conferences and has also facilitated stormwater financing workshops and information sessions for over 45 municipalities and agencies across Canada since 2005.

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