Smart Growth Strategies to  Support Clean Water             Michael Kane     Piedmont Environmental Council          Choos...
A non-profit organization      dedicated to promoting and       protecting the Piedmont’s        rural economy, natural   ...
Conservation                                   efforts within theChesapeake Bay                     Piedmont haveWatershed...
Our Region          Leesburg                      Annapolis                            Washington  Warrenton              ...
Tremendous Land Conversion and Development                        Loudoun County, Virginia                       • Over 47...
Does land use policy matter?  • More land disturbance           • Minimizes land disturbance  • More impervious surface   ...
Does land use policy matter?                                      It matters if you                                      c...
An Integrated Approach• Attention to land use and transportation planning that focuses on  smart growth alternatives• Stra...
Smart Growth—Urban and Suburban Context                               Well-designed, higher density                       ...
Smart Growth—Rural Landscape Conservation                             • Protect critical natural                          ...
Land Use Plan—Foundation for Landscape Conservation                                 • Loudoun County Revised              ...
Loudoun’s surprising conservation story                           In 2002, 25,850                            acres of con...
Loudoun’s surprising conservation story                             By 2012, more than                              50,00...
Loudoun’s surprising conservation storyWHO CARES!   The rural land use policies and subsequent land    conservation only ...
Strategic Conservation—Goose Creek Watershed                                      Thousands of residents                  ...
The Goose Creek Watershed…….a remarkable landscape.                Historic Landscape                •   16 state and nati...
PEC Strategic Initiatives—Goose Creek WatershedHighlights include:• Watershed Planning—Funded Watershed  Assessment in par...
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Conservation in the Goose Creek Watershed                         • Over 83,000 acres conserved in                        ...
Conservation provides the platform for restoration                            Over 800 Ag Best Management                 ...
PEC’s Sustainable Habitat Program                    • Advising landowners on                      managing land for habit...
Making the land use connection           Sound Land Use Planning leads to…Opportunities for landscape scale conservation t...
Thank You!Michael KaneLand Conservation OfficerPiedmont Environmental Councilmkane@pecva.org703-371-4373                  ...
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Smart Growth Strategies- Mike Kane

  1. 1. Smart Growth Strategies to Support Clean Water Michael Kane Piedmont Environmental Council Choose Clean Water June 4, 2012 PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  2. 2. A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty since 1972.PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  3. 3. Conservation efforts within theChesapeake Bay Piedmont haveWatershed preserved 300,000 acres within the Washington DC Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and The Piedmont most with riparian buffers. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  4. 4. Our Region Leesburg Annapolis Washington Warrenton Waldorf FredericksburgToCharlottesville Piedmont Environmental Council PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  5. 5. Tremendous Land Conversion and Development Loudoun County, Virginia • Over 47,000 new housing units constructed between 2000 to 2010 (76% increase) • Over 142,000 new residents 2000 to 2010 (84% increase) • Over 53,000 acres of farmland lost between 1997 and 2007 • A decade of land disturbance and growing impervious surface PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  6. 6. Does land use policy matter? • More land disturbance • Minimizes land disturbance • More impervious surface • Minimizes impervious surface • Relies on gray infrastructure • Relies on green infrastructure to provide WQ solutions to provide WQ solutions PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  7. 7. Does land use policy matter? It matters if you care about the cost of compliance. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  8. 8. An Integrated Approach• Attention to land use and transportation planning that focuses on smart growth alternatives• Strategically conserve land• Encourage best management practices on agricultural lands• Promote and provide guidance for creating sustainable wildlife habitat on private lands• Foster citizen engagement and the creation of a community wide conservation ethic PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  9. 9. Smart Growth—Urban and Suburban Context Well-designed, higher density development can be good for the environment, especially when located in areas that are already developed, are walkable, and are served by transit. Good design includes parks and low impact development for stormwater management. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  10. 10. Smart Growth—Rural Landscape Conservation • Protect critical natural systems and resources • Preserve an area’s unique identity—its “sense of place” • Promote rural economy compatible with the landscape • Direct growth to where it can be supported PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  11. 11. Land Use Plan—Foundation for Landscape Conservation • Loudoun County Revised General Plan (2002) • Rural / Agricultural Zoning (2003) • Maintain rural road network • Policies supporting preservation of natural, historic, and scenic resources PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  12. 12. Loudoun’s surprising conservation story  In 2002, 25,850 acres of conserved land PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  13. 13. Loudoun’s surprising conservation story  By 2012, more than 50,000 acres of conserved land  Over 25,000 acres conserved between 2002 and 2012  97% increase in land conserved over the past decade PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  14. 14. Loudoun’s surprising conservation storyWHO CARES! The rural land use policies and subsequent land conservation only maintain current conditions. They do little to substantively improve water quality now. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  15. 15. Strategic Conservation—Goose Creek Watershed Thousands of residents and businesses in Northern Virginia rely on the Goose Creek watershed to provide a safe and adequate supply of public drinking water Goose Creek Watershed PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  16. 16. The Goose Creek Watershed…….a remarkable landscape. Historic Landscape • 16 state and national historic districts • Civil War battlefields Scenic Beauty • State designated Scenic River • 17 state designated Scenic Byways Natural Resources • Diverse Piedmont habitats • Public and private drinking water source • Basic inputs essential to a vibrant and diverse rural economy PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  17. 17. PEC Strategic Initiatives—Goose Creek WatershedHighlights include:• Watershed Planning—Funded Watershed Assessment in partnership with Goose Creek Association and Ctr for Watershed Protection• Conservation—Employed $185K from GC Conservation Fund to preserve 5 key properties totaling 2,246 acres• Land Use—Established Western Goose Creek Conservation Fund to address ensure integrity of land use plan and zoning• BMPs—Partnered with Goose Creek Association to launch the “Goose Creek Challenge” PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
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  27. 27. Conservation in the Goose Creek Watershed • Over 83,000 acres conserved in the watershed (34%) • Over 39,000 acres conserved since 2002 (87% increase) • Most new easements include riparian buffer provisions • Many amended easements that include riparian buffer provisions PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  28. 28. Conservation provides the platform for restoration Over 800 Ag Best Management practices completed in the watershed Between 2003 and 2010: • 91 miles of fencing (VA Ag BMP) • 738 acres of stream buffer through CREP & VA Ag BMP • 117 acres of DOF reforestation • 250 water troughs • Cover crops and no-till PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  29. 29. PEC’s Sustainable Habitat Program • Advising landowners on managing land for habitat • Coordinating collaborations among neighbors on habitat restoration • Partnering with HOAs on sustainable landscaping practices PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  30. 30. Making the land use connection Sound Land Use Planning leads to…Opportunities for landscape scale conservation that provide… A platform for improving land management that facilitate… Water quality improvements PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  31. 31. Thank You!Michael KaneLand Conservation OfficerPiedmont Environmental Councilmkane@pecva.org703-371-4373 PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
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