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Low Impact Development (LID) are principals and practices that mimic the natural hydrologic processes.
Due to increases in impervious surfaces due to Urban Development less stormwater has the opportunity to infiltrate into the soil and water table therefore causing surface water levels to fluctuate drastically damaging fish habitat and the surrounding environment. Low Impact Development (LID) principles include: reducing impervios surfaces (footprint), retaining native vegetation, and reducing the overall surface water runoff leaving a site. This can be accomplished by utilizing dispersion, infiltration, and pervious pavement options.
Currently the City is reviewing and amending existing regulations to incorporate Low Impact Development principles in all projects. We need your feedback to let us know what approaches we should use to reduce impervious surfaces, retain native vegetation, and/or reduce flows.
The goals for the review and update of City regulations include: improving water quality/reduce runoff, incorporate Green Infrastructure and other new technologies, and to meet the Washington State National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit requirements by December 31, 2016.
Our next steps in this process include: review of existing Development Code, Technical Stakeholders meetings, Fall Open House, and incorporate Public/Stakeholder comments into recommendations for code amendments.
Upcoming meetings open to the public: Planning Commission
September 1, 2016 - Introduction September 15, 2016 - Work Session October 6, 2016 - Work Session October 20, 2016 - Public Hearing/Deliberation City Council
November 8, 2016 - Planning Commission Hand Off November 15, 2016 - Work Session December 6, 2016 - First Reading, Public HearingDecember 13, 2016 - Second Reading, Council Adoption