Low Impact Development (LID)is a comprehensive design technique incorporating planning, engineering, and landscape designs to minimize the effects that development has on storm water run-off. Compared to "conventional" drainage techniques, Low Impact Development:

• LID drainage areas are smaller in size than detention basins and give more profitable land back to developers
• LID techniques results in significantly more project amenities (trees, shrubs, flowers, etc.)
• LID techniques reduce the overall project's costs upfront and down the road
• LID techniques reduce the overall project's costs for yearly maintenance fees
• LID drainage areas reduce the potential for mosquito blooms
• LID techniques reduce the project’s potential for soil erosion
• LID drainage areas naturally clean toxic, polluted soils