The City of Lubbock has had an established stormwater utility for about 20 years. Throughout this time, the fee has been a flat rate assigned to residential and commercial properties. The City hired Freese and Nichols to update the stormwater utility fee structure and ordinance to meet previously-established funding levels using a more equitable approach for the citizens.
Our role in this project was to leverage the City’s aerial topography and LiDAR data together with parcel and utility billing account data to determine impervious area information for parcels across the city using GIS. We determined impervious area for eligible nonresidential properties and for a comprehensive sample set of residential properties. Our team linked that data to utility billing accounts to evaluate the current charges to parcels. Freese and Nichols also built a financial rate model for analysis and determination of the revised stormwater utility fee structure.
Completion of this project involved collaboration with various City departments. Our team worked with City GIS staff through their conversion to ESRI and Energov throughout the duration of the project, providing GIS support and recommendations for implementation in the review process going forward; City Legal staff for the ordinance review and revision process; Utility staff during the billing integration testing and implementation phases; City Council, appointed citizen advisory committee, and stakeholders for the Public Involvement portion of this project; and the City’s staff responsible for budgets to incorporate the proposed revisions to the fee structure into existing financial models.