The low impact development approach to developing land and managing stormwater is to imitate the natural movement of water through a site.
Where forests and natural open spaces have been cleared, and buildings, roads, parking areas and lawns dominate the landscape, rainfall now becomes stormwater runoff, carrying pollutants to nearby waters.
The City is working on many fronts to encourage and support builders and developers who want to use low impact development techniques.
To encourage use of compost amended soils, Redmond developed landscaping guidelines in 1998.
To protect the unique character and environment in North Redmond, many LID techniques are required as part of the North Redmond Neighborhood Plan, adopted in 2006.
The City's 2006 Regional Facilities Plan describes the City's plan to incorporate low impact development as part of an overall approach to managing stormwater.
The Stormwater Technical Notebook provides stormwater management requirements for development projects. It encourages low impact development. Use of LID can lead to smaller stormwater ponds, thereby reducing costs for developers.
How Redmond has implemented LID around the City
Bear Creek Trail
New trail along Bear Creek between Redmond Way and Avondale Way NE