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Key Factors Influencing Low Impact Development Adoption by Local Governments  

Jeong, Moonsun (Cheongju University)
Koebel, C. Theodore (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University)
Bryant, M. Margaret (State University of New York)
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Journal of Environmental Impact Assessment / v.24, no.2, 2015 , pp. 119-133 More about this Journal
The paper reports on exploratory research into the factors influencing adoption of low impact development (LID) regulations by local government. The research uses ten case studies ranging from low to high level adoption of LID in Virginia. Based on the theory of diffusion of innovations, perceived characteristics of LID, characteristics of the adopting local government, motivations of the adopter, and the surrounding organizational context of the adopter are chosen for the key factors influencing on LID adoption. By reviewing the local governments regulations related to stormwater management, meeting minutes, reports and documents, and in-depth interviews, the evaluation of the key factors and the local LID adoption was conducted. As a result, adopters with a high level of LID adoption at the time of the study were heavily influenced by champions of LID within local government and communities. In contrast, moderate level adopters and low-level adopters emphasized the importance of external forces like state regulatory mandates and the need for clear models to implement.
LID; Diffusion of Innovations; Innovation Adoption; Case study;
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