Green Infrastructure

The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, on behalf of the George W. Kuhn Drain Drainage District secured a grant from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) to facilitate a multi-community effort to evaluate the potential benefits of expanded implementation of green infrastructure. The evaluation will include a review of existing local ordinances and stormwater design standards for compatibility with the use of green infrastructure in the 14 communities located within the district.

A series of meetings with planning, engineering, and city administration staff from these 14 communities are planned to review and assemble information on stormwater standards and ordinances. The communities include Berkley, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Southfield, Troy, Royal Oak Township and the Village of Beverly Hills.

A final report will evaluate the potential for implementation of consistent stormwater standards for new and redevelopment projects, including an evaluation of code and ordinance changes that would be required. This report includes a "Triple Bottom Line," an accounting framework that evaluates performance based on social, environmental and financial considerations. This approach will provide an analysis and assessment of the potential benefits of the use of green infrastructure throughout the district when implemented consistently over time.