Promoting Low Impact Development in Your Community

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New England Environmental Finance Center
sustainable; community; low impact development; stormwater; green infrastructure; NEEFC; Economics; Environmental Design; Environmental Health and Protection; Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment; Finance; Fresh Water Studies; Growth and Development; Hydrology; Landscape Architecture; Natural Resource Economics; Natural Resources and Conservation; Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology; Sustainability; Urban Studies and Planning; Water Resource Management
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Low Impact Development (LID) is an approach to stormwater management and site development that is gaining popularity throughout the country. Its attractiveness lies in its potential to lessen off-site stormwater impacts, reduce costs to municipalities and developers, and promote development that is “softer on the land” compared with typical traditional development. The approach, which is applicable to residential, commercial and industrial projects, and in urban, suburban and rural settings, often is linked with efforts by governments and citizens to foster more sustainable communities.