Planning and Development Aids

Stormwater features can be incorporated into relatively narrow spaces at a development site, and they can meet landscaping requirements set forth in many cities' development codes.

Ready to begin implementation? Use the following resources as a guide as you begin to incorporate the principles and practices of sustainable stormwater management into your development projects.

New tool: Check out the Stormwater BMP Interactive Tool!

Stormwater BMP Concepts and Policies
When planning a sustainable stormwater project, it helps to have an understanding of the underlying concepts and general approaches inherent in such an approach.

Planning Approaches for Stormwater BMPs
Different land use types require different approaches to stormwater management. See examples of how BMPs can be implemented for different areas.

When Does Green Infrastructure Make Sense? (PDF, 63K)
Finding ways to make direct comparisons between "sustainable" and "traditional" stormwater management practices facilitates planning and design. Identifying the ways BMPs can support project goals and requirements is a powerful tool for promoting their use and acceptance.

Economic Evaluations of Stormwater BMPs
What are the best ways to evaluate whether a shift to a sustainable stormwater approach is economically feasible? Review different costing methodologies and learn how to avoid unnecessary costs.

BMPs from Start to Finish (PDF, 89K)
The decision to include sustainable stormwater practices affects every stage of project planning. A general guide for accommodating these practices can help streamline and ease project implementation.

Trash and debris can quickly turn an attractive, functional landscape feature into a nuisance.

Design Considerations (PDF, 65K)
Sustainable stormwater practices bring new challenges and decision points to project development. Let the goals and objectives of each project help determine the best approach to take.

Using Green Stormwater BMPs in Urban Areas
Implementing sustainable stormwater practices in urban areas carries its own set of challenges. Learn how to set appropriate objectives and which BMPs are best for different situations.

Retrofit Challenges
Developing in urban areas often requires that existing spaces are redeveloped, or retrofitted, with new stormwater management infrastructure. This page describes how to fit sustainable stormwater practices into this type of development environment.

Metrics and Measurement (PDF, 88K)
Establishing quantifiable goals provides a mechanism for determining whether objectives are met and provides data for future projects.

Stormwater BMP Interactive Model

The Stormwater BMP Interactive Model is an interactive tool that allows users to observe the general stormwater runoff reductions that can be gained by applying stormwater BMPs in urban areas. While this model is intended to only be used as a demonstration and general planning tool, it can provide some baseline information for planning and exploring stormwater BMP installation options.

Learn more about how the Stormwater BMP Interactive Model was developed

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