Planning for Green Infrastructure

The GI site design process builds on the traditional approach to site design. It begins with analysis of the site, and incorporates steps to involve local decision makers early in the process. The process has been consolidated into nine basic steps*:

Step 1: Form an integrated project team and engage stakeholders

Step 2: Inventory and evaluate the site

Step 3: Integrate municipal, county, state, and federal requirements

Step 4: Develop initial concept design using nonstructural BMPs

Step 5: Organize pre-submission meeting and site visit with local decision makers

Step 6: Incorporate revisions to development concept

Step 7: Apply structural BMP selection process

Step 8: Apply necessary green infrastructure facility calculators

Step 9: Develop the preliminary site plan

 * Adapted from the Southeast Michigan Low Impact Development Manual.

In this section, you’ll find information about:

Gathering the right team together to design and build Green Infrastructure Practices:  The composition of a green infrastructure project team can greatly impact the ability to achieve project goals and long-term facility viability. Learn more about the professionals who may be part of a green infrastructure project team.

Site Planning Checklist (pdf, xls): The Site Planning Checklist includes a list of over 300 environmental, social, and financial considerations to help you choose the best, best practices for your site and stakeholders.

Understand Site Constraints: This page provides additional resources to help identify conditions important to deciding what kind of LID facility may be used and where. Topics include floodplains, wetlands, riparian areas & buffers, habitat areas, septic systems, contaminated soils & groundwater, landslides, wellhead protection areas, drinking wells, vertical separation, and horizontal setbacks.

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