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Watershed Assistance Program

Town of Ashland, Town of Jewett, Town of Lexington, Town of Windham, Village of Hunter, Village of Tannersville

Final Reports from the Mountaintop Better Site Design Roundtable

Town of Ashlandjune-22-kick-off-meetingThe June 22, 2011 Better Site Design Kick-Off Meeting introduced interested municipal officials, planning & zoning board members, and other members of the community to better site design and low impact development concepts. Attendees were also learned about the goals of the Mountaintop Better Site Design series and were given an overview of the roundtable process.

Town of Jewett

Town of Lexington

Town of Windham

Village of Hunter

Village of Tannersville

References Listed in the Mountaintop Better Site Design Recommendations

"Sample Local Law for Stormwater Management and Erosion and Sediment Control" is an example of a comprehensive local law.

"Chapter 65 of the Town of Dover Code, Erosion and Sediment Control" is an example of an erosion control law adopted by a rural community with steep slopes and rocky soils.

Model Zoning Regulations for Parking for Northwestern Connecticut. Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc., Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments and Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials. September 2003.

Search for local codes referenced in the Recommendations by going to General at: and entering New York State and the name of the municipality. Also search for key words such as stormwater, green infrastructure, low impact development, bioretention, etc.

Websites Referenced in the Recommendations

New York Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control at:

New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual at:

Plants and Ground Covers for Various Site Conditions - See Appendices to the LID Guide - pages 107-126 at:

Center for Watershed Protection. Better Site Design: A Handbook for Changing Development Rules in Your Community. Ellicott City, MD. August 1998.

Streamstats at:


sugar-maples-stormwaterThis rain garden at the Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts is an example of a best management practice for mitigating the impacts of stormwater. Mountaintop municipalities will be encouraged to incorporate design ideas such as rain gardens and other best management practices into local codes through this roundtable process.

Better Site Design and Low Impact Development Resources

The Mountaintop Better Site Design Roundtable series will guide each community through a comparison of the local subdivision and site planning codes against best site development principles that incorporate creative stormwater management and environmental conservation. Model principles will be compiled into a Low Impact Development Manual for Mountaintop Communities to facilitate the development of better site design recommendations.

Mountaintop Better Site Design Roundtable and Subcommittee Meetings

Kick-Off Meeting,
June 22, 2011

1st Roundtable Meeting, October 26, 2011

Subcommittee Meetings, November 30, 2011

Subcommittee Meetings, January 25, 2011

2nd Roundtable Meeting, March 23, 2o12

Subcommittee Meetings, April 2012

Subcommittee Meetings, April 25, 2012

Final Roundtable Meeting, May 23, 2012

Public Information Session, June 27, 2012

The Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District's Watershed Assistance Program is working with Kendall Stormwater Services andMorris Associates on this project. Funding for the Mountaintop Better Site Desgin Roundtable was provided by the Catskill Watershed Corporation and the Schoharie Watershed Stream Management Implementation Program.

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