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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.

Kentucky Land Use & Water Resources

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 Handbook Title Pages, Table of Contents, & Chapter 1 (Introduction) 

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 2 Impacts & Costs

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 3 Principles & Overview

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 4 Watershed Planning

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 5 Low Impact Development

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 6 Water Conservation

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 7 Green Infrastructure

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 8 Smart Growth 

 Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 9 Land Conservation

 Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 10 Restoration Remediation & Re-Use

 Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 11 Planning Tools

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 12 Regulatory Tools

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 13 Incentives Market-Based Tools & Private Efforts

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 14 Public Infrastructure

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 15 Impact Assessment

 Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 16 Participatory Processes

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 17 Public Education & Engagement

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Chapter 18 Conclusion

Kentucky Wet Growth Handbook Appendices

 Professor Tony Arnold, Boehl Chair in Property & Land UseCarol Norton, AICP, Research Coordinator, EPA Region 4 Environmental Finance CenterDustin Wallen, Graduate Research Assistant

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

Darby Creek

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