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In order to preserve Lake Olathe as a drinking water supply and recreational resource for the community, the City has set guidelines for development in the Lake Olathe Watershed. These guidelines are based upon Best Management Practices (BMPs) promulgated by the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) and the American Public Works Association (APWA) for stormwater design criteria.
A Water Quality report is required for developments on unplatted properties within the Lake Olathe Watershed as directed by the City Council in Resolution 04-1150, Section Four: "That pursuant to Section 18.12.040 (Submission of Technical Studies) and 18.04.060 (Adequate Public Facilities) of the Unified Development Ordinance, applications for all rezonings, special use permits, preliminary plats, final plats, and site development plans within the Lake Olathe watershed shall include an analysis of a project's potential impact on water quality of the Lake Olathe watershed and may employ a combination of site design strategies and best management practices to mitigate adverse impacts. Site development applications for projects on lots that have been final platted as of the effective date of this Resolution shall be exempt from this section."
Water Quality reports are submitted to City staff for review at three stages during the plan review process for developments and at the Special Use Permit stage for quarries. Developers using approved Best Management Practices (BMPs) are eligible for cost sharing with the City to defray the expense of water quality protection measures in the Lake Olathe watershed area.