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Environmental Planning Resources for Local Governments

Low Impact Development: A Guidebook for North Carolina (2009)

The purpose of this guidebook is to provide technical and policy guidance to local and county government staff, building professionals, and consultants on low impact development principles and practices. In addition, as 50 percent of North Carolina’s population relies on septic systems, this guidebook discusses incorporating on-site wastewater treatment into LID designs.

The N.C. Coastal Federation Watershed Restoration Planning Handbook (2013)

The purpose of this guidebook is to provide clear and detailed guidance for the development of a watershed management plan that aims to replicate the pre-impairment surface water hydrology and thereby improves coastal water quality.

Weighing Your Options: How to Protect Your Property from Shoreline Erosion (2011)

This booklet, published by the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, details various estuarine shoreline protection methods including living shoreline techniques. Local governments with soundfront property can provide leadership in the application of these cost effective, environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing techniques.

Incorporating Green Infrastructure into Municipal Projects (2015)

This document provides approaches that local government officials and municipal program managers in small to midsize communities can use to incorporate green infrastructure components into work they are doing in public spaces. It presents examples and case studies of how integrating green infrastructure methods can enhance retrofits and maintenance projects while providing other community benefits.

Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers (2014)

This report summarizes various funding sources that can be used to support stormwater management programs or finance individual projects. Each type of funding source is illustrated by several municipal programs and contains a list of additional resources.

Coastal Stormwater Management Through Green Infrastructure: A Handbook for Municipalities (2014)

The handbook is designed to assist municipalities within the Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay areas to incorporate green infrastructure into their stormwater management planning. It can also be readily applied to other states.

Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database (2017) 

Search this online database of literature sources containing information on the effectiveness of green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards, such as inundation and erosion from tropical storms and cyclones, more frequent precipitation events, and sea level rise. The database contains records from a wide range of sources, such as peer-reviewed journals, online tools, and gray literature, and includes information on 32 different coastal green infrastructure types.

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