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An important component in implementing effective best management practices for stormwater management is the regulatory context for land development.
Ironically, many traditional development codes and regulations actually prohibit the use of new practices. For example, narrower streets and vegetated swales in residential neighborhoods effectively reduce and control stormwater, yet wider streets and curb/gutter with storm system drain inlets have often been required as the standard for public safety (flood control).
Land Planning Standards are changing, and there are many good examples that have been rewritten to provide a stronger framework for land development that integrates green stormwater management practices. The following list of resources contains additional information and local examples as well as regional examples of recent planning standard updates.
Other state and national resources:
Green Building Codes and Ordinances (Smart Communities Network)
Conservation Subdivision Guidelines* (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission)
*Document in pdf format. You may download the required Acrobat Reader free.
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