Low Impact Development (LID) Practices


LID is an approach to land development (or re-development) that works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible. LID employs principles such as preserving and recreating natural landscape features, minimizing effective imperviousness to create functional and appealing site drainage that treat stormwater as a resource rather than a waste product.

Urban development results in many changes that can impact stormwater runoff quality and quantity. In order to meet the treatment requirements needed to protect downstream lakes and rivers, tools such as LID practices may be used in combination with traditional stormwater best management practices.

Orange County has developed an LID manual to educate and guide applicants that may need to use these practices to meet treatment requirement of their project.

  • Volume I - describes many of the technologies available. These were evaluated for ability to be implemented in Orange County.
  • Volume II - outlines technical requirements for the top four practices.

Both of these documents are linked in the left hand column.

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Julie Bortles
Project Manager
Orange County Public Works
4200 S John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32839

Office: (407) 836-7742
Cell: (407) 579-2193
Email: Julie.Bortles@ocfl.net

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