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Step 6

Review and change your land use plans and regulations to encourage green infrastructure.

OK, so this part will undoubtedly be hard work, but it’s absolutely critical. An IC-TMDL should not only address retrofits, but how LID will be encouraged for future development. Here are our top three methods for accomplishing this.

1. The tried and true roll-up-your-sleeves-and-go-through-and-make-changes-to-all-your-regs method.



videoIconDeveloping a Sustainable Community

Download CT NEMO’s simple guide to going through your regs.

2. Adopt an “LID Checklist” that informs developers about the town’s desire to adopt LID practices, and presents them with a list of options that places the ball in their court.

videoIconDownload CT NEMO’s sample LID Checklist

3. Adapt innovative methods developed by other Connecticut towns such as a separate stormwater manual, special design district, or a combination of approaches.


videoIconTolland stormwater manual


videoIconSimsbury design district


videoIconBarkhamsted LID-amended regs & ordinances

videoIconGreenwich stormwater manual

Contact the NEMO program to request a presentation on stormwater management and low impact development.

Michael Dietz
CT NEMO Director
Phone: 860-345-5225
PO Box 70
1066 Saybrook Road
Haddam, CT 06438