Making the Connection Between Land Use Decisions and Water

Washington, DC (February 7, 2008)- The way our communities grow impacts the quality of local water resources, the demand for water, and the cost of water infrastructure. This 90-minute session will cover the basic linkages between water and land use planning decisions and illustrate the benefits to water resources that accrue from smart growth development practices. Speakers will discuss a broad set of issues and benefits including flooding and stormwater management, floodplain management, source protection, reduced in water demand, infrastructure requirements, wastewater management, and more.

The session will clearly link the basic relationships that bind water resources and land use decisions, to highlight the wide range of water management goals that are supported with smart growth development. Speakers will provide case studies and examples of policy tools that can be used to coordinate water and land use so they complement rather than conflict with each other.
Clark Anderson, Project Manager, Local Government Commission
Caryn Ernst, Associate Director of Conservation Vision Services, Trust for Public Land
Lynn Richards, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. EPA
About New Partners for Smart Growth
The 2008 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Washington, DC, hosted attendance of more than 1300 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC), with support from a very impressive and multi-disciplinary group of partners and sponsoring organizations, agencies and companies.
Related Resources:
7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities