The following words and phrases, when used in this Article, shall have the meaning
set out herein:
BUFFER is vegetated area or zone, including trees, shrubs, and herbaceous
vegetation, that exists or is established to protect a stream system or other
BUFFER PLAN is a plan approved by the City pursuant to Section 7.05.004
of this Article.
CONSTRUCTION FENCING is four foot (4') high orange mesh, or other vibrant
color approved by the City.
DEVELOPMENT means any human-made change to improved or unimproved real
estate that requires an application or permit to be filed with the City, including
but not limited to, buildings, fences and other structures; mining, dredging and
drilling operations; grading, site clearance, paving, excavation and filling;
storage of equipment and materials.
DIRECTOR is the Director of Water Pollution Control or any duly authorized
MIDDLE ZONE means the variable width zone that lies between the streamside
zone and the outer zone of the stream buffer.
OUTER ZONE means the zone that is adjacent to the outer boundary of the
middle zone of the stream buffer.
RECREATIONAL USE is any recreational use which utilizes a pervious facility
such as picnic areas, playgrounds, paths and trails. It does not include parking
lots and paved facilities or other uses involving impervious surfaces, such as hard
surface tennis and basketball courts.
STORM SEWER SYSTEM is the system of conveyance of storm water which includes
structures such as pipes, culverts, paved channels, catch basins and storm drains.
STORM WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM is the program developed by the City to satisfy
the requirements of 40 CFR Part 122.26(d) and 10 CSR 20-6, 200(4), as may be amended
from time to time.
STREAM is a body of running water moving over the earth's surface that flows
at least part of the year, such as a creek, rivulet or river. Storm sewer systems and
roadside ditches are not considered streams. Streams regulated by this Article are
shown on the Stream Map.
STREAM BANK is a line formed by the outer boundary of the stream as delineated
by the bank-full or channel-forming flow caused by approximately the two-year
STREAM BUFFER is the area or zone established to protect a stream system.
STREAM CORRIDOR is a stream and the adjacent buffer that is set aside in
conformance to this Article and which is substantially preserved in a natural state.
STREAM MAP is the map approved by the City pursuant to Section 7.05.003
of this Article.
STREAM ORDER is a classification system for streams based on stream hierarchy
and the position within a watershed. The smaller the stream, the lower its numerical
classification. Stream order is determined by a combination of factors, including the
confluence of smaller streams, increased flow from contributing water sources and the
size of the watershed that feeds the stream. First order streams are the smallest
streams regulated by this Article; the term does not include roadside ditches. Streams
orders are designated on the Stream Map adopted pursuant to this Article.
STREAM SETBACK means the specified distance from each side of a stream bank or
water resource in which restrictions on development activities and land uses are imposed.
STREAMSIDE ZONE means the thirty-five foot (35') zone adjacent to the stream bank.
VIEW CORRIDOR is one or more areas, not to collectively exceed the lesser of
(i) seventy five feet (75') or (ii) forty percent (40%) of the width of any platted
lot or parcel which is within a stream buffer, which may be pruned by permit to
a level of not less than three feet (3') above the ground to provide aesthetic views
of streams for the owner of such lot or parcel.
WATER POLLUTION HAZARD means any land use or activity that causes a relatively
high risk of potential water pollution.
WETLANDS are those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface water or
groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal
circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in
saturated soil conditions.