I am currently working on a project with a scope of work that extends beyond the boundaries of the site. The idea is to work with the city of Victoria to include a Green Streets concept to the development's adjoining streets.
What is a Green Street? Well it includes but is not limited to a sustainable stormwater strategy that meets regulatory compliance and resource protection goals by using a natural systems approach to manage stormwater, reduce flows, improve water quality and enhance watershed health.
The project brief looks something like this:
- Traffic calming
- Improving pedestrian and bicycle safety
- Reducing the demand on the city’s sewer collection system and the cost of constructing expensive infrastructure / pipe systems
- Diverting stormwater from the sewer system
- Reduction of impervious surfaces so stormwater can infiltrate to recharge groundwater and surface water
- Increasing urban greenspace- Enhancing community and neighborhood livability.
Can't tell you much more about the project at this point but I have included similar projects in the Portland and greater Victoria area to get you thinking.
NE Siskiyou Green Street, Portland, Oregon. Photo by Kevin Robert Perry.
Checkdams made from packed earth and river rock are used in each curb extension to slow and retain stormwater runoff.
NE Siskiyou Green Street, Portland, Oregon. Photo by Kevin Robert Perry. NE Siskiyou Green Street, Portland, Oregon. Photo by Kevin Robert Perry.
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