The Integration of Land Use Planning and Water Management

APA Arizona, Southern Section


Thursday, April 21, 2016
noon - 1 p.m. MST

Tucson, AZ, United States

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A key challenge to urban water management is that many innovative strategies require changes to the location or design of urban development. For example decentralized stormwater controls fail in the long term if they are uncoordinated with land-use planning. Other examples where solutions are linked to urban form include preserving wetlands, xeriscaping subdivisions, and channeling growth away from recharge areas. This is a problem because urban development patterns are not controlled by the water managers who champion these innovative solutions.


Urban planners (and others) govern land uses, green spaces, site planning, street standards and more, while urban water managers are utility officials, the people who run stormwater programs and others with a role in handling water.


Urban planners work in planning, zoning and development departments or firms, while water managers work in water-related departments, utilities, agencies or consultancies. This creates a chasm to be bridged – the one between urban planners and urban water managers. ​  This presentation will focus on identifying where planning and water management can collaborate to promote innovative water management solutions.