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31 USING WSUD TO RESOLVE COMPETING OBJECTIVES-- A CASE STUDY OF A SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT

Located within the Hunter River floodplain at Heatherbrae and overlying the Tomago sand bed drinking water aquifer, the development of the Kinross Business Park was frustrated by numerous environmental constraints for many years. This site was constrained by the sensitive underlying shallow aquifer, a sensitive receiving water and by the need to maintain floodplain storage and peak flows. Being a sandy site, the pre-development hydrological regime was one of infiltration. Runoff, it was predicted, would have occurred from this sandy site less frequently than once in ten years. It was not considered possible to develop this site using conventional drainage systems. However, the careful, well-planned application of water sensitive urban design has enabled each of the constraints to be overcome.

 

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