How does this ordinance affect property values?
Staff did not find any evidence to suggest that a riparian buffer decreased property values. There have been several studies that looked at effects on property value in a specific area, generally finding a 3% to 6% increase in the value of not only the property that had the buffer but all the properties within a ¼- to ½ -mile radius of an intact buffer.

There have also been numerous studies often cited by realtors that show the added value of mature trees on a property. We are cautious about extrapolating from the streamside buffer studies because they are specific to a location such as Tucson, Arizona, but we feel comfortable saying that a buffer would likely not decrease property value.

Approximately 64% of the buffer area is in existing floodway, which already has an adverse affect on development potential.

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1. Why is the streamside protection ordinance necessary?
2. I have property on a stream in the city limits. Am I affected by this ordinance?
3. Why is the buffer 50 feet?
4. How do I measure the 50-foot buffer?
5. What is the top of bank? Who can help me determine where the top of bank is?
6. Is the buffer an easement?
7. May I continue to use my property just as I am now?
8. If I sell my property, are the uses still grandfathered in?
9. Is the City exempt from any part of the ordinance?
10. How will the City trails program be affected by the ordinance?
11. Why does the City Engineer have the power to administratively change the Best Management Practices (BMP) Manual? What checks does the City Council have in place?
12. Why is the ordinance not a “taking?”
13. How does this ordinance affect property values?