~ Springfield, Missouri - The City of Springfield has been granted the prestigious Qualifying Local Program (QLP) designation by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). This designation will greatly benefit the local development community by streamlining the permitting process and eliminating unnecessary steps.

Springfield is the first city in the state to achieve this designation, which means that developers will no longer be required to obtain a Land Disturbance Permit from both the State of Missouri and the City of Springfield. Instead, they will only need a permit from the City for projects within its limits.

According to Environmental Services Director Errin Kemper, this achievement is a testament to the City's excellent land disturbance program. This program ensures that all construction sites have proper stormwater pollution prevention controls in place.

The City's land disturbance program is part of its overall Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements. These requirements are in place to regulate stormwater runoff and reduce discharges of pollutants into area waterways, in accordance with federal and state mandates.

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Effective March 1st, developers will no longer be required to provide a copy of their state land disturbance permit during the review process for City permits. However, all other requirements for the City permit will remain unchanged. Construction sites must continue to implement erosion and sediment controls as well as other stormwater pollution prevention measures that meet or exceed state requirements.

Kemper sees this as a win-win-win situation for all parties involved. Not only will it save time and resources for local developers, but it also eliminates redundancy in issuing two permits. With limited resources at both the state and local level, becoming a QLP presents an opportunity to improve efficiency in both city and state programs.

The City would like to extend their gratitude to MDNR for their efforts in making QLP an option for local MS4 communities. They look forward to continuing their collaboration with MDNR on program approval.

For more information on the Springfield Land Disturbance Permitting process, interested parties can visit the City's website. This designation is a significant achievement for the City of Springfield and will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the local development community.

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