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Low Impact Development (LID) is an environmentally sensitive approach to developing land and managing storm water 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.

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