The HCP consists of a set of development policies adopted by the local governments of the Etowah basin. These policies have been developed by Technical Committees made up of experts from within the watershed and staffed by researchers from the University of Georgia.
stormwater management policies
post-development stormwater management HCP stormwater management policies emphasize infiltration and the use of "better site design" low impact development techniques. The Stormwater Runoff Limits program requires that in the most sensitive watersheds (determined based on studies of sensitive fish tolerances and the distributions of imperiled fish species) the volume of runoff from new development must match that of the site in an undeveloped, forested condition. For moderately sensitive watersheds and designated development nodes, the runoff limits are higher.
optional conservation subdivision ordinance Conservation subdivisions, which cluster houses and infrastructure and require permanent protection of part of the parcel, can cut down on the amount of a development's impervious surface, and therefore stormwater runoff.
erosion & sedimentation control and grading policy These procedures are based on successful best practices in use in various Etowah counties. The HCP model grading ordinance is intended to minimize the impacts of grading on the species covered by the HCP.
stream buffer policy The HCP stream buffer protection ordinance is based upon that of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, with additional requirements to safeguard the imperiled species.
stream crossing and culvert design policy The design, sizing and installation of culverts and bridges affects the imperiled aquatic species covered by the HCP. The Road Crossings Technical Committee is developing guidelines for the design of road crossings based on the ecosystem needs of the covered species.
utility stream crossings policy The design and installation of utility crossings affects the imperiled aquatic species covered by the HCP. The Utility Crossings Technical Committee is developing guidelines for the design and installation of utility crossings based on the habitat needs of the covered species.
water supply planning policy The siting of water supply reservoirs will impact the habitat and survival of the species covered under the HCP. The Water Supply Planning Technical Committee is researching ways to meet the region's water supply needs and protect the covered species.