The City of Bellevue is exploring opportunities to further integrate low-impact development principles into its codes and standards for new development and redevelopment projects. Engaging interested residents and other stakeholders is important to the project’s success; these pages are a resource.
What are LID principles?
LID principles are land-use management strategies that emphasize conservation, use of on-site natural features and site planning to minimize impervious surfaces, native vegetation loss and stormwater runoff. LID principles are different from LID best management practices such as rain gardens and permeable pavement.
Clustering development is one way to use LID principles.
The city, along with over 85 other Western Washington municipalities, is required to make LID the preferred and commonly-used approach to site development. This is a requirement of the NPDES Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit and will help protect the water quality of our streams, lakes and wetlands. The project also has the potential to support or advance other city goals, priorities and programs, such as newly adopted tree canopy targets, salmon recovery and championing the City Council’s vision of a high-quality built and natural environment for Bellevue. The project must be complete by December 31, 2016.
The permit requires municipalities to review and revise development-related policies, codes and standards to integrate LID principles. It provides the flexibility for cities to determine how to appropriately integrate LID principles.