How Low Impact Development Applies to You


Effective May 12, the Low Impact Development [LID] ordinance will become law in the City of Los Angeles. With its passage, LA becomes an environmental leader in new and redevelopment construction projects. While this is great news for Angelenos at large, some might still be wondering how LID might affect their homes and businesses. By following our simple LID roadmap, residents and developers can quickly chart their way across this new environmental landscape to find out whether specific actions are required for new construction or redevelopment projects. There are even suggestions that every household can voluntarily make to help the home become more environmentally friendly for the future. In either case, your road to LID success starts here.


Comments (2)

  1. Greg Flewin
    December 12th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I’m and architect and am glad to see LID being required. However, your website doesn’t even make the LID handbook accessible. Why make is so difficult? Secondly the requirement that a covenant and agreement be recorded on the property is yet another burdensome bureaucratic requirement that when added up, makes the cost to the property owner for getting plans permits outrageously expensive.

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      LA Stormwater
      December 17th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Thank you, Greg, for your comments. We apologize that you weren’t able to easily find the LID Handbook. It can be found in the library section of Here’s the link:
      Regarding your comment about the requirement of a covenant and agreement being recorded on the property being burdensome, we require this step to ensure that the best management practice placed on the site will remain with the property. Without it, the owner (and/or future owners) could remove it and then we would lose the value of having it retain and treat polluted runoff.

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