The Better Site Design Handbook from the Center for Watershed Protection

Washington, DC (August 1998)- The Center for Watershed Protection’s Better Site Design Handbook offers a comprehensive suite of guidance documents on Better Site Design. The Handbook outlines 22 guidelines for more environment-friendly development: changes to subdivision and land development and zoning regulations that will better manage stormwater, preserve and enhance existing natural areas, and reduce pollution in local streams.


It provides detailed rationale for each principle, everything from basic engineering principles to actual vs. perceived barriers to implementing Better Site Design; examines practices in local communities; details the economic and environmental benefits of Better Site Design; and presents case studies from across the country.
Related Resources:
Better Site Design Part 1
Better Site Design Part 2
Center for Watershed Protection