Low Impact Development Conference

Innovations in Urban Development in October 2006.

More than 160 engineers, developers, politicians, municipalities, biologists, researchers and stewardship groups gathered at the spectacular Cochrane RancheHouse to learn more about LID methods and real-life applications of this ecosystem-based approach to land development, which helps to ensure stormwater runoff and the negative impacts on the landscape and watersheds are controlled through better community planning and site designs.

In the end, attendees’ responses indicated that the conference had been exceedingly worthwhile.

The conference offered interactive workshops and presentations, covering a wide range of topics targeted towards LID application that could be applied not only within the Town of Cochrane, but for all of Western Canada. “The intent of the conference was to  provide opportunities for planners, developers, town councils, policy makers and other attendees to gain a better understanding of LID concepts and successful real-life initiatives.

The timing of the conference was set to help address the rapid urban growth in the Calgary region.  The Bow River is under increasing water quality and quantity pressures from development throughout the basin.  LID has emerged as a strategy that can be shared among all municipalities to reduce their development impacts.  Cochrane, in particular, has an opportunity to benefit from the LID conference information and access to experts in determining how it wants to plan and design several new developments on recently annexed land. LID information will also assist the Town as it undertakes a review of its Municipal Development Plan, which will set the future direction of how Cochrane will address current and future development.