Thursday, May 19, 2011

Low-Impact Development (LID)

Low-Impact Development may be defined as an approach to land development that uses various land planning and design practices and technologies to simultaneously conserve and protect natural resource systems and reduce infrastructure costs.

Low-Impact Development spans a broad range of development practices. LID site layout and street design limits the amount of impervious cover (the area of a site that cannot soak in rain water) on site. It also creates alternative methods which decrease the amount and rate of stormwater runoff. Low-Impact Development is intended to bridge the interests of developers for profitable business ventures with broader community interests for sustainable growth and environmental protection.