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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance and Handbook Update

Legislative action, meetings, committees selected - we have a lot to update you on regarding the City of Los Angeles Low Impact Development Ordinance and its related handbook. Here is what's going on:

Mayor's Office Completes Review of LID Ordinance

We're pleased to report that the Mayor's office has completed its review of the proposed Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance and has forwarded it onto the Los Angeles City Council for their review. The first Council committee reviewing the proposed ordinance will be the Energy and Environment Council Committee, possibly in the later part of July. We'll notify you when the date of the hearing has been announced. This is another major milestone reached on the path towards enacting Los Angeles Low Impact Development legislation.

Kick-Off Meeting gets LID Handbook Project off on the Right Foot

On Thursday, May 20th, 55 contractors, consultants, officials, non-profits and active residents came out to the LA River Center for an informational and impassioned kick off-meeting for the LID Handbook Project. Several presentations from City representatives as well as an involved Q & A session comprised the launch meeting for the Handbook Project.

Vik Bapna of California Watershed Engineering stated "As a whole, I think the meeting went pretty well. We've got a lot of people here with a significant amount of experience in a lot of different arenas. I think that we're going to be able to put together something that gets LID in Los Angeles off on the right foot."

LID Handbook Committee Begins Working

On June 29, the LID Handbook Technical Partners committee met to begin writing the manual that will accompany the LID Ordinance. Representatives from the City of Los Angeles, environmental organizations, the building industry and engineering firms were in attendance. In the meeting, committee members reviewed a proposed table of contents for the draft LID Handbook, reviewed the proposed timeline and divided themselves into two sub-committees to address the individual requirements of smaller residential developments and larger residential and commercial developments.

It's our goal to send regular updates via e-blasts regarding the Low Impact Development ordinance and related handbook project so stay tuned!

Thank you,

Shahram Kharaghani
L.A. Stormwater Program Manager

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