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Simsbury Stormwater Design Guidelines

This companion document to the Simsbury Stormwater Article and the Simsbury Center Code focuses on LID in Simsbury Center and other compact, walkable areas of town. Highlights of the document include a recommended design process for including LID principles into future projects, along with a detailed analysis of one of three test sites (Simscroft Farms) to demonstrate the application of the Planning and Site Design Checklist and other design principles. Visit the Town’s website to view […]

Low Impact Development Guidelines, CTDEEP

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) is in the process of evaluating the incorporation of Low Impact Development (LID) principles into Stormwater General Permits. As a preliminary step, CTDEEP has developed LID Appendices to the Connecticut Stormwater Quality Manual and the Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control. Both documents include a step-by-step guide to the planning and design process and design standards and practices.
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Soil Erosion and […]

CRCOG/EPA Smart Growth Guidelines

In 2008, the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) collaborated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish guidelines for sustainable design and development specific to the Capitol Region’s unique blend of urban, suburban and rural municipalities. Included are guidelines for incorporating green building and infrastructure into community design.
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LA Model Street Design Manual (Streetscape Ecosystem Chapter)

This comprehensive guide addresses every aspect of a complete street, one that accommodates all modes of transportation as well as one that incorporates elements that create a lively, economically-vibrant and environmentally-sustainable street. This manual is designed to serve as a guide for municipalities looking to update their own design standards by incorporating elements or adopting entire sections. Chapter 11 contains a segment on Streetwater Management which includes a discussion on goals, benefits, considerations, and specific treatments.
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Rainfall as a Resource, CTDEEP

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) issued an informative brochure targeting residents to serve as an introduction to green infrastructure elements applicable to residential properties. The brochure includes general information on Low Impact Development and practices residents can incorporate into their own homes such as rain barrels, rain gardens, and permeable pavements.
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9 Ways to Make Green Infrastructure Work, Regional Plan Association

This report, issued by the Regional Plan Association (RPA), highlights nine strategies that municipalities across the United States are using to integrate land use and water management goals through Green Infrastructure. The report describes the specific challenges that were faced and solutions with specific examples that have been employed by cities and towns.
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Developing A Sustainable Community, CT NEMO

Produced by the Connecticut NEMO Program in 2009, this guide is designed to help CT municipalities craft plans and regulations to protect water quality. Recommended site planning and development practices in the areas of Residential Streets and Parking, Lot Development and the Conservation of Natural Areas are all addressed. A regulation checklist is included to help communities assess their town’s regulatory compliance with the highlighted practices and identify possible improvements.
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Sustainable Land Use Model Regulations, CRCOG


CRCOG’s innovative booklet of Sustainable Land Use Model Regulations equips towns with model regulatory language covering ten specific topic areas, including Energy Conservation and Alternative Energy (with a focus on green roofs). The project, funded by a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, also included the creation of renderings to help communities visualize the physical impact of implementing the regulations. The visualizations were created for urban, suburban and rural communities at both a bird’s eye and street-level view. […]