WB07 - Creating Sustainable Communities: zoning for Water-neutral Development

Tuesday, November 13 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM | 187 « Back

Abstract Text:

In many water-stressed communities, getting approval for proposed developments connected to the water supply grid is proving difficult. Future population and economic growth will place additional pressure on stressed water supplies. To address this problem, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the Environmental Law Institute, and River Network launched a collaborative initiative to build a model planning and zoning overlay ordinance that communities can tailor to create a" water-neutral" development policy. A customizable planning and zoning ordinance has been created, as well as an offset methodology to calculate how much water must be provided via water offsets to approve the development. Six pilot communities helped develop the ordinance components and ensure adaptability in various political climates, legal frameworks, and environmental challenges. This session will explain the principles of water neutrality and offsets, as well as the legal framework for establishing and enforcing the offset. Attendees will learn how to use this Ordinance Toolkit, what some of the implementation issues are, and what the experience has been in pilot cities.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, the participant will be able to assess how water-neutral development can benefit a community.

Upon completion, the participant will understand how water-neutral development ordinances can interact with and support achievement of water-specific credits in LEED v4 ND, such as Indoor Water Use Reduction and Outdoor Water Use Reduction.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to utilize the materials provided in the Net Blue toolkit to design a customized planning ordinance and water offset program that supports LEED v4 ND credits such as Indoor Water Use Reduction, Outdoor Water Use Reduction, and Rainwater Management.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to engage with local planning staff and developers in their community to better pursue water sustainability goals through a water-neutral development ordinance and by achieving LEED v4 ND Indoor Water Use Reduction and other LEED v4 ND credits.

Learning Level:



GBCI Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: ND
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: ND

Event Type: WaterBuild Summit > Session