Healthy Watersheds Land Use Initiative
Various initiatives involving land use and water resources, including PDF files of Kentucky Wet Growth Tools for Sustainable Development: A Handbook on Land Use and Water for Kentucky Communities.
The Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility has undertaken a variety of projects related to land use and the health of watersheds.
Kentucky Wet Growth Tools for Sustainable Development:
A Handbook on Land Use and Water for Kentucky Communities
One of the major projects of the Center is the production of a handbook, Kentucky Wet Growth Tools for Sustainable Development: A Handbook on Land Use and Water for Kentucky Communities, which provides a variety of tools for cities, counties, multi-stakeholder groups, watershed groups, and other interested members of the public to manage or control growth and development for water resource protection. The book identifies the impacts of land use on water quality, water supplies, and the overall health and functioning of watersheds on which all communities -- and all life -- depend. It provides extensive tools and resources for local communities to use to achieve "wet growth" -- land use and development that is sustainable with respect to water. These include a variety of methods, such as low-impact development, water conservation, green infrastructure, smart growth, land conservation, and the restoration, remediation, and re-use of land. They also include a variety of tools, including planning, regulation, incentives and market-based tools, private initiatives, public infrastructure, impact assessment, public participaion and multi-stakeholder involvement, and public education and engagement. Finally, the handbook's appendices include the Center for Watershed Protections Codes & Ordinances Worksheet to help localities to evaluate their local regulations, and examples of ordinances, regulations, and other legal documents from many communities throughout Kentucky and the U.S. The handbook can be downloaded in PDF from the links below:
Kentucky Wet Growth authors Tony Arnold, Carol Norton, and Dustin Wallen
Darby Creek Watershed Land Use Planning & Law Report
The Center has also provided a downloadable report on planning and regulatory tools available to officials and stakeholders in the Darby Creek watershed in Oldham County to protect Darby Creek from the adverse impacts of increasing development. This report was prepared by an interdisciplinary group of law, planning, and public administration students in Professor Tony Arnold's Spring 2008 Land Use & Planning Law class at the University of Louisville. The report can be downloaded in PDF from the following link: Darby Creek Land Use & Planning Law Report