Category Archives: Land Planning

Pervious Paving References

Happened upon a couple of pervious paving references funded or developed by a concrete industry group. The first 182 page PDF is on maintenance – which is an incredibly important concern. View or download it here. The other smaller doc … Continue reading

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Rain Gardens

We’ve been design ALOT of rain gardens in Maryland. Right now, the rationale is squeezed into the current Maryland Design Manual by “qualification” for a rooftop disconnect. This will hopefully change in the future to facilitate more opportunities to apply … Continue reading

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Ponds versus Environmental Site Design (ESD) or Low Impact Development (LID) Measures – Life or Death

One of the many, many issues associated with the decision to design smaller, shallower ESD / LID measures in lieu of traditionally larger detention, extended detention, or retention ponds is safety. The most horrible thought is that of a child’s … Continue reading

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Trees in Captivity

Interesting design by field operations…..  looks like a tree zoo, no?  Pretty cool website too.

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Sustainable Farmer of the ….. Century?

It’s always nice to see someone go Sustainable. It’s even better to see them hold to their core beliefs. And it is fantastic to see them become amazingly successful at it. It’s all about breaking it down to Local Food. … Continue reading

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Walkscore

Using Google Maps, you can now see what the “Walk Score” of any address may be. A Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Pretty cool stuff. Check it out here. 

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The Ultimate in Conservation Planning – Down on the Farm

Reported recently in the Wall Street Journal is this story about a new development trend – establishing communities on working farms.  Having grown up on a farm, this is certainly a nice thought.   Interesting concept – a next generation of … Continue reading

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Infiltration Trenches

Nice shot of a series of infiltration trenches managing runoff from a roadway. Note the use of open section roadway and a grass filter strip for pretreament prior to the trench. Stormwater is stored in the void spaces between the … Continue reading

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Bike Lanes

Not stormwater related – but as an avid bicyclist – and understanding that trends in sustainable development are toward more pedestrian-friendly concepts, this video about advocating appropriate bike lanes in NY is a good one for the Land Planning Archives … Continue reading

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New Ruralism comes to Florida

Interesting step for New Urbanism….. or is it New Ruralism?   “… plans to cluster 600 homes in European-style hamlets and attach garden plots to each. Homeowners would own and maintain 150 to 200 more acres of pasture, crop land … Continue reading

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