Article Title

Water Quality, Stormwater Management, and Development Planning on the Urban Fringe

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Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law


This Article reports on a study to formulate an environmental plan for a large development project in Austin, Texas. The issue was stormwater quality, and the principal concern was the meaningfulness of Austin's environmental ordinance, which is based on environmental indicators. We present an alternative approach to planning for stormwater management: one based on the form and function of the runoff system. The development project, called Steiner Ranch, is a 4600-acre parcel in the Hill Country, fifteen miles west of Austin.