The Environmental Inspection Division perform inspections on permitted site plans for temporary and permanent erosion controls, stormwater controls, critical environmental features, protection of trees and natural areas, landscape installation, and compliance with site plan requirements. The environmental inspectors also respond to citizen complaints of possible environmental violations relating to active construction and initiate appropriate enforcement for noncompliant sites.
Prior to construction, a pre-construction conference is held between contractors, developers and environmental inspectors to ensure controls are compliant. Inspections are conducted periodically during construction to ensure that temporary erosion controls are compliant, remain in place, and development is consistent with approved plans. A final environmental inspection is required before the site work is considered complete.
Inspect permitted land developments and construction sites for compliance with City environmental protection regulations
Perform site investigations and evaluate best management practices for erosion/sedimentation control and tree preservation and for compliance with landscape and tree ordinances
Perform final inspections of drainage facilities and other site improvements
Perform site investigations to evaluate need for additional staff support (i.e. involvement of biologists and geologists)
Identify locations of environmentally sensitive resources
Provide technical assistance and education to citizens, community/special interest groups, developers, etc. on environmental/engineering code requirements, ordinances and regulations
Provide testimony and affidavits for enforcement cases
Issue directives and initiate enforcement actions for non-compliance with environmental and drainage regulations
The inspectors are divided up geographically into north and South Zones, Barton Springs Zone, and Landscaping.
There is also an enforcement component.
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