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The Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) was established under Chapter 4, Article M, of the City Code to “advise and make recommendations to the City Council and, where appropriate, to the Planning Commission and City Manager.”

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City of Alexandria to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Stormwater Management Fee

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2016

On Monday, October 17, the City of Alexandria’s Environmental Policy Commission will host a public meeting to present the framework of a proposed Stormwater Management Fee and receive feedback from the public. The meeting be will be held at City Hall, 301 King St., from 7:30 to 9 p.m., in the Council Workroom on the 2nd Floor.

Costly new and unfunded state and federal mandates require additional efforts to prevent pollution from stormwater runoff. Since about half of the City’s operating funds come from the real estate tax, the common way to fund new mandates is often to either raise taxes or cut spending in other areas.  The City’s analysis shows that while approximately two-thirds of stormwater runoff comes from non-residential properties, about two-thirds of the current stormwater management funding from the real estate tax is paid by residential customers.  The real estate tax is also based on the market value of a property, without regard to the amount of runoff it produces. Thus, the owner of a small house may pay more real estate tax than the owner of a large parking lot, even though the parking lot may be responsible for far more stormwater flooding or pollution.

The draft framework would create a Stormwater Management Fee, which would be billed based on the amount of impervious surface area on each property.  Preliminary staff analysis indicates that the potential fee to cover stormwater management costs could range from $10 to $12 per month for a typical single family detached home and $4 to $5 per month for townhouses.  The fee for non-residential properties would vary based on impervious surface area.

For more information or questions regarding the meeting, please contact the Stormwater Management Division atstormwater@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4014. For more information about the City’s Stormwater Management Program and the proposed fee, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Stormwater.


Established in 1970 by the Alexandria City Council under Chapter 4, Article M, of the City Code, the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) advises and makes recommendations to the City Council and, where appropriate, to the Planning Commission and City Manager, on matters relating to the following:

  • Clean air
  • Land use
  • Noise pollution and abatement
  • Pesticides, herbicides and contaminants
  • Solid waste
  • Water quality and supply
  • Other matters referred to the EPC by the City and citizens
  • Other topics relating to the conservation and protection of Alexandria's environment

The EPC consists of 13 members, including five members from the field of environmental sciences, five citizen-at-large members, one member from the field of urban planning, one member representing the business community and one member with experience in Federal or state environmental statues, regulations, and procedures.  The Commission is supported by the City of Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES), Office of Environmental Quality.

List of Members  

Natasha Garcia Andersen (Earth Day Chair, Field of Environmental Science)  
Scott Barstow (Citizen)
Susan Gitlin (Citizen)  
Geoffrey Goode (Citizen)
James Kapsis (Chair, Citizen)
Praveen Kathpal (Field of Environmental Science)
Jessica Lassetter (Vice-Chair, Urban Planning)
Stephen Milone (Citizen)
Tyler Orton (Secretary, Citizen)
Brendan Owens (Environmental Laws)
Carolyn Schroeder (Field of Environmental Science)
Sean Wilson (Alexandria Business Community)
Kyle Winslow (Citizen Member) 

Upcoming Events

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FY2017 EPC Calendar: July 2016 - June 2017

Meeting Date & Time for Previous & Forthcoming Events

November 21, 2016 - Regular Meeting

October 17, 2016 - EPC Public Meeting on Proposed Stormwater Management Fee

September 19, 2016 - Regular Meeting

June 20, 2016 - Regular Meeting

June 6, 2016 - Work Session

May 16, 2016 - Regular Meeting

May 2, 2016 - Work Session

April 18, 2016 - Regular Meeting

Agenda and Handout Package

April 4, 2016 - Regular Meeting

March 21, 2016 - Regular Meeting

February 22, 2016 - Regular Meeting

February 8, 2016 - Regular Meeting

December 21, 2015 - Regular Meeting

November 16, 2015 - Regular Meeting

October 19, 2015 - Regular Meeting

October 5, 2015 - Work Session

September 28, 2015 - Regular Meeting

September 14, 2015 - Work Session - Agenda

July 6, 2015 - Work Session - Agenda

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Eco-City Alexandria

Beginning in spring 2007, the City of Alexandria partnered with  Virginia Tech's Department of Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) to design and facilitate a new, strategic collaborative planning process, called Eco-City Alexandria, to create an Eco-City Charter and Environmental Action Plan to guide Alexandria toward sustainability.

For more information regarding Eco-City Alexandria please visit: alexandriava.gov/Eco-City or ecocity.ncr.vt.edu or email Eco-CityAlexandria@alexandriava.gov 

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Contact Us 

For more information, please contact:

William Skrabak
Transportation & Environmental Services, Office of Environmental Quality