Land use has a multi-dimensional impact on the sustainability of a community. For instance, by adopting policies that reduce urban sprawl, the open space that is preserved helps absorb carbon emissions. Land use policies that create a compact, walkable community have an immediate impact on transportation patterns. These efforts can have an environmentally friendly result that also increases efficiency and saves money. Efforts in the area of land use are meant to have a long-term effect on community sustainability, with actions and activities evolving to best serve the changing needs of the community.
- The City planned for a rain garden at the SW corner of S. Washington St. and 17th Ave. S. as a passive means of treatment for stormwater in that locations.
- The City and Park District continued to work toward an amendment to the City Land Development Code that will encourage the coordination of stormwater ponds and dedicated park land with the goal of reducing land consumption and reducing runoff of stormwater. .