Landscape Design Guide for Low Impact Development – Version 1.0 June 2010

In recent years the development of innovative treatment and retention practices for stormwater has matured. Traditionally, stormwater management has been an end-of-pipe practice located on public property and maintained by public agencies. However, low impact development (LID) is fundamentally different because it is intended to treat stormwater runoff at the source. LID practices are predominately located on private property or within the right-of-way and will often be maintained by the property owner. LID is also different because many of the practices have an integral vegetated component which supports the treatment, evapotranspiration and infiltration functions. Thus, the plant selection and design are essential both for function and for the public perception and acceptance of LID practices in the landscape.

The development team for the Landscape Design Guide for Low Impact Development included:

• Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)
• Dougan and Associates
• Schollen & Company International, Inc. 

The reviewing organizations included: 

• Brodie & Associates Landscape Architects, Inc
• City of Brampton 
• City of Mississauga 
• Credit Valley Conservation 
• Schollen & Company International, Inc. 
• Toronto Region Conservation Authority 
• Town of Halton Hills 
• Town of Orangeville 

Funding support for this document was generously provided by: 

• Region of Peel 
• Credit Valley Conservation

The Landscape Design Guide can be downloaded here:

Landscape Design Guide for LID (4.81 MB)