The Lilburn City Council recently approved an ordinance to adopt text amendments to the Stream Buffer Protection Ordinance and adopt the associated Lilburn Riparian Buffer Restoration Guidelines. File Photo

Lilburn updates stream buffer ordinance and restoration guidelines

The Lilburn City Council recently approved an ordinance to adopt text amendments to the Stream Buffer Protection Ordinance and adopt the associated Lilburn Riparian Buffer Restoration Guidelines.

The Stream Buffer Protection Ordinance was adopted in 2005. Some of the applicable definitions, land development requirements, exemptions, variances, appeals, and enforcement procedures were updated to comply with state laws and reflect the city’s standard procedures in administration of the code.

A riparian buffer, or stream buffer, includes the vegetation area near a stream that helps shade and partially protect the stream from the impact of adjacent land uses. Lilburn developed the city’s Riparian Buffer Restoration Guidelines based on common practices in the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District, but which is unique to Lilburn.

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