The Town was awarded a grant in the Fall 2009 with funding provided by the Farmington River Enhancement Grant, administered by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to study “Low Impact Development” (LID) practices. LID is a term used to describe a land planning and engineering design approach to managing storm water runoffIt emphasizes conservation and the use of on-site natural features to protect water quality. These practices can be applied to road and driveway construction, to housing or commercial developments, or to managing water and runoff on individual home sites. These LID techniques are often more cost-effective than traditional site engineering solutions and better protect the environment.
The scope of our activity under the grant includes:
- A biodiversity study focusing on larger undeveloped parcels within the Town to determine areas of ecological sensitivity.
- Development of language to incorporate LID practices into the Town’s ordinances to minimize the impact of new developments on the Town, particularly in the areas deemed to be most ecologically sensitive as a result of the biodiversity survey. This language will respect the rights of individuals to make reasonable use of their property.
- Recommendation(s) to the Planning & Zoning Commission that these scientifically-based LID practices be incorporated into the Town’s ordinances.
Presentations and discussion of this unique opportunity for the town were held at public informational meetings on January 11th
. These meetings provided an overview of the project, including a discussion of the benefits of LID practices in maintaining environmental quality, rural character, and also provides insight into the biodiversity survey. At both meetings the public had ample opportunity to raise questions and interact with the consultant team as well as the Town’s LID Committee. If you would like to review the material, please take a look at the Low Impact Development (LID) & The Farmington River Enhancement Grant (FREG) presentation at this link.
In addition, the advisory committee established to support this grant conducted an informal survey of wildlife you have observed in and on your property. They termed this survey “Barkhamsted Wild!!” The link provided below presents the data gathered during this survey