Stormwater Management on Somebody Else's Land!
Dwindling resources and social incompatibilities are two of the key reasons why land developers often encounter difficulties in implementing stormwater management facilities on their land, in, or adjacent to existing communities (i.e. NINMY). Public works departments are concerned with the cost of maintaining a growing number of geographically disparate facilities. Developers are concerned with the costs of construction, and the often greater cost of land dedication for facilities. Community residents, particularly those already in the neighbourhood, are concerned with safety, odour, aesthetics, and taxes.
The simple solution is to avoid the problem altogether by integrating the land use and infrastructure planning process. Unfortunately, in many if not most circumstances, planning decisions have already been committed to, and in some cases (i.e. in-fill situations) master planning may never become a reality.
This chapter describes a case study, which through intensive stakeholder consultation and comprehensive alternative screening, has resulted in a superior stormwater management proposal, addressing the concerns of the municipality, development community and public. The analysis and documentation procedures are necessarily more comprehensive, in order to address the broader-based issues of additional stakeholders. The results however, in terms of economics, physical environment and social acceptance, are in some instances considered superior to conventional stormwater practice.
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