Site Evaluation and Design

Property Mapping for Duluth, Rice Lake, & Lakewood Townships

Greenview allows you to zoom in and out on your property, measure distance and area, and view differ-ent layers of data including topog-raphy, soils, watersheds, zoning, aerial photographs.

New! July 2014

A careful evaluation of how you design your site can actually minimize runoff and save money.

This first step in managing stormwater is often forgotten, however. The following documents will help you to evaluate your site and determine what you can do to control stormwater runoff.

The information below is reproduced directly from the
Minnesota Stormwater Manual 2014.

Better Site Design Techniques -

This section provides guidance to designers on how to plan and apply better site design practices at new development projects. Including a series of techniques that reduce impervious cover, conserve natural areas, and use pervious areas to more effectively treat stormwater runoff.

Choosing Best Management Practices -

This section guides designers through 9 key factors involved in stormwater BMP selection, and features a series of tables that present comparative BMP information.

Few watershed management practices simultaneously reduce pollutant loads, conserve natural areas, save money, and increase property values. Indeed, if such "wonder practices" were ever developed, they would certainly spread quickly across the nation. As it turns out, these practices have existed for years. Collectively called "better site design," the techniques employ a variety of methods to reduce total paved area, distribute and diffuse stormwater, and conserve natural habitats. Better Site Design is a fundamentally different approach to residential and commercial development. It seeks to accomplish three goals at every development site: to reduce the amount of impervious cover, to increase natural lands set aside for conservation, and to use pervious areas for more effective stormwater treatment. To meet these goals, designers must scrutinize every aspect of a site plan- its streets, parking spaces, setbacks, lot sizes, driveways, and sidewalks- to determine if any of these elements can be reduced in scale. At the same time, creative grading and drainage techniques reduce stormwater runoff and encourage more infiltration.

Regional Site Design Examples:

Stormwater "friendly" site designs are on the increase in the Northland. Some good examples are listed here and we encourage users to contact us with other examples to potentially include in this section of the LakeSuperiorStreams website.

  1. Hawk Ridge Estates (Duluth HRA):
    stream buffers [ 350 KB], open space preservation, minimum site clearing
  2. Fryberger Estates:
    natural vegetation preservation
  3. Poplar River Condominiums:
    building layout, native vegetation

Minnesota Land Trust

Conservation easements provide an important mechanism for conserving natural resources and stormwater runoff by providing a financial incentive to landowners.

Conservation easements
Conservation planning and development