All New Commercial Developments Require Porous Pavement in New Orleans

After the challenges of a rainy season with persistent flooding last year, New Orleans is ensuring that the future of its development is more stormwater friendly than its past.

September 13, 2019, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Mississippi River

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"Now, joining a movement that supporters say will help mitigate flooding and soil subsidence, the City Council has decided that all new commercial parking surfaces in New Orleans must be porous," reports Jessica Williams.

"The rules unanimously approved by the council last week require businesses to use pervious paving — which lets rainwater flow through it, to be absorbed by the soil beneath it — for any new projects," adds Williams. "The rules do not require businesses to replace existing concrete lots and do not affect residential construction."

The new development standards are intended to reduce the flow of stormwater, after a particularly wet rainy season last year. More details are included in the source article.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in NOLA.com

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