Board of Public Works Casts Unanimous Vote Supporting City of Los Angeles LID Ordinance

Board of Public Works Casts Unanimous Vote Supporting  City of Los Angeles LID Ordinance
TreePeople and Partners Continue Adoption Efforts at City Hall
The Board of Public Works recently voted to approve the proposed City of Los Angeles Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance. After several hours of public support, comments and City reports, the ordinance passed with a unanimous vote, even with opposition from the building and development community.
City Hall, City of Los Angeles
January 15, 2010
TreePeople together with partners from Heal the Bay, Surfrider, GreenLA, and others. TreePeople is a nonprofit organization serving the Los Angeles area, unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for the Los Angeles region.
Low Impact Development is a suite of green infrastructure techniques (like raingardens, bioswales, rain barrels, permeable pavement, and redirected downspouts) that seek to manage stormwater on site. The LID Ordinance would require new developments and significant redevelopments to capture, reuse, and infiltrate the first 3/4" of rain that falls on a site. LID speaks to the heart of TreePeople’s work to develop a Functioning Community Forest as we restore natural hydrology to L.A.'s landscape.

“This is a great first step in requiring the use of Low Impact Development across the City of Los Angeles,” said Deborah Weinstein, Senior Manager at TreePeople. The ordinance must pass through at least two more City Council committees, a vote by City Council, and then signed by the Mayor. “TreePeople looks forward to working with the City and community to encourage the implementation of LID throughout Los Angeles,” Weinstein continued.
During the upcoming months, TreePeople will continue tracking and strengthening the ordinance as it passes through the next stages of adoption by the City. TreePeople uses a smart, green infrastructure approach to water management. This technology has been demonstrated at several sites across the city including two parks (Coldwater Canyon Park and Sun Valley Park), two schools (Open Charter Elementary School and Broadous Elementary School) and one single-family dwelling.