The Importance of Stakeholder Participation in Low Impact Development (LID) Planning

Sarah O. Lawson, Darko Joksimovic, James Y. Li and Michael Walters


Low Impact Development (LID) is an emerging stormwater management approach that moves beyond the typical stormwater design and encourages more careful site design in the planning phases. LID practices aim to mitigate the impacts of urbanization by implementing technologies that control stormwater at-source and on conveyance systems that discharge to downstream watercourses. In the recent years, it has been recognized by governments and developers that the application of LID practices is a viable approach complementary to older forms of stormwater management. However, incorporating the approach into existing frameworks and providing guidelines for implementation have been slow despite the increased awareness and knowledge. This paper examines the challenges of including stakeholders’ opinions in the planning phase of LID implementation. A methodology for collecting and incorporating stakeholders’ interest into the planning process is also discussed. Finally, the results of a case study are presented to demonstrate the application of the methodology.

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