Sarasota Bay with recreational vessels

Low Impact Development

Low Impact Development (LID) is an environmentally sensitive approach to developing land and managing stormwater runoff through better integration of the built environment with the natural environment.

Low Impact Development principles and practices allow a developed site to maintain its predevelopment watershed and ecological functions. Such design practices include saving trees on the site, installing cisterns to capture rainwater, substituting pervious surfaces for impervious ones, creating green roofs and planting Bay-Friendly landscapes.

Changes in development philosophy related to site planning and preparation will help ensure that healthy, environmentally sensitive yards are created within the community. Such measures will likely include the preservation of natural vegetation, the use of contour swales, the aeration of soils before landscaping, the use of micro-irrigation, and the strategic use of turf.

Flyer about the North Water Tower Park Project
Low Impact Development
Rain Gardens and Bioswales





Presentations from LID Expo on March 23, 2012

Promoting Low Impact Development in Sarasota

Green Roofs

Beautiful Ponds City of Largo Stormwater West Dearborn Street

New Florida HouseInvisible Structures