Low Impact Development Plan Design

Stony Creek Farms Residential Community, PA

F. X. Browne, Inc. developed an award-winning low-impact development plan for a 209-lot age-qualified residential community. We developed a concept plan that minimized impervious cover and maximized stormwater infiltration and treatment through the use of innovative stormwater controls such as rooftop runoff disconnection, bioretention systems, constructed wetlands, and infiltration basins.  

We performed intensive soils and infiltration testing throughout the 113-acre site at locations and multiple depths based on the anticipated BMP locations and grading plan.

The final design included infiltration of roof-top runoff, ten bioretention and bioinfiltration systems, five infiltration basins, two constructed wetlands, and vegetated riparian buffers.  A significant amount of open space was preserved. We also designed a wastewater treatment plant for the development. The project received an award from the City of Philadelphia for its innovative stormwater management system.

Newburgh Wise Use Eco-Industrial Park, NY

F. X. Browne, Inc. prepared a low-impact development and ecological restoration concept plan for the proposed Newburgh Wise-use Eco-Industrial Park.  Currently, a Superfund site, the 49-acre site, when developed, will bring hundreds of new manufacturing jobs to an economically depressed area. 
Based on the goal to develop the site in a way that integrates environmental and sustainable approaches to architecture and site design, F. X. Browne, Inc. developed a conceptual plan that minimized impervious cover and maximized stormwater infiltration and treatment through the use of innovative BMPs such as porous pavement, constructed wetlands, and bioinfiltration systems. 
F. X. Browne, Inc.’s design retained almost half of the site as a natural area, the centerpiece of which is a fully restored stretch of the Gidneytown Creek, a badly degraded creek that currently runs along the western edge of the site. F. X. Browne, Inc.’s stream restoration team developed a restoration plan for reintegrating the Gidneytown Creek into the site as well as improving habitat quality and stream stability.  Our conceptual design also included the design of a linear park, environmental signage, a nature and walking trail network, and a linear sound barrier to block noise pollution from nearby I-84. 
F. X. Browne, Inc. also developed a cost estimate for the conceptual plan, identified funding strategies, and assisted the client in preparing a grant application for the project.