Coastal Smart Growth Home: Getting Started: Low Impact Development (LID) applications


LID is an approach to land development, or re-development, that works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible in order to maintain or restore natural hydrologic function. Recently this term has come to be used interchangeably with the term “site scale green infrastructure practices.

How to Get Started

Low Impact Development Center

The Low Impact Development Center’s website provides a clearing house for information on Low Impact Development technology and provides tools and case studies for planning and design approaches which maintain and enhance the pre-development hydrologic regime of urban and developing watersheds. Urban Design Tools is an additional website maintained by the Center that provides tools and techniques that can be used to meet regulatory and receiving water protection program goals for urban retrofits, re-development projects, and new development sites.

EPA’s Low Impact Development website

EPA’s Low Impact Development website provides fact sheets and reports, design and guidance documents and other information resources, including videos, related to Low Impact Development.

Using Smart Growth Techniques as Stormwater Best Management Practices

The goal of this document is to help communities that have adopted smart growth policies and plans recognize the water benefits of those smart growth techniques and suggest ways to integrate those policies into stormwater planning and compliance.