Michael Bloom, P.E., CFM, Sustainability Practice Manager for R. G. Miller Engineers, will participate on a panel for a members-only breakfast – Harvesting the Value of Water – sponsored by the Urban Land Institute Houston on September 26.
Billy Grayson, executive director of ULI’s Washington, DC-based Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance, is guest speaker for the program, which will focus on using natural drainage systems in land development for improved economic performance and flood mitigation.
The panel discussion will cover the business case for using natural drainage systems in the Houston region and lessons learned so far. Other panelists include John Blount, P.E., LEED AP, Harris County Engineer, and Randy Jones of Terra Visions LLC.
Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green infrastructure, and Real Estate is the name of a recently released ULI report profiling a variety of case studies from around the country that highlight the numerous benefits of using natural drainage systems . One of the featured projects was Stonebrook Estates, a 51.4-acre, single-family residential community in Houston developed by Terra Visions and designed by R. G. Miller Engineers and Aguirre & Fields using Harris County’s Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure Design Criteria.
Since 2011, land development regulations in the Houston region have allowed the use of natural drainage systems (known as “green stormwater infrastructure” or “low impact development”). These systems can provide amenities to more portions of the development, which can attract sales premiums. They can also increase unit yields, reduce detention requirements, and lower drainage infrastructure costs. Since Harvey, the land development community has been talking more about how natural drainage approaches can help with resilience and mitigate flood risks.
For more information, go to https://houston.uli.org/event/members-green-infrastructure/.