Strong Towns Critique of LID
May 16, 2012 § 2 Comments
Creek Freak has written about LID – Low Impact Development. It’s basically a sort of “green building” standard that requires new buildings to detain and/or infiltrate rainwater. While I think that LID is a step in the right direction, at least compared to development as usual, it’s nowhere near the end of the work on getting to healthy creeks and streams.
I read a good concise critque of LID (also LEED and green building in general) at Strong Towns today. Strong Towns is a site I’ve been enjoy a lot lately; it’s written by an engineer who has a lot of common sense. He mostly critiques heavily car-centric development patterns.
Here’s an excerpt from Strong Towns on LID:
I see LID being applied almost exclusively to new projects, which are largely themselves on greenfield sites. The stormwater ponds and other such approaches are used to mitigate the negative impacts of the development. This is a sub-optimal outcome because, in almost every instance I have ever seen, the development is the result of a series of government policies that favor greenfield development.
Read the full Strong Towns critique here. I think I am going to track down the The Original Green by Steve Mouzon. See also my earlier parenthetical musings on limitations of LID, and LEED critiques in Green Metropolis by David Owen (mentioned briefly in this earlier overly-long post.)