Stormwater Management

Water-sensitive urban design (WSUD) promotes the sustainable use and re-use of water in urban development and buildings. WSUD integrates the total water cycle and water from all sources, including rainwater, storm water, groundwater, mains water and waste water, into residential, commercial and industrial development and building processes. For further information on WSUD see:,%20property%20and%20land/PLG/WSUD_summary_1_2_3.pdf,+property+and+land/Building+and+development/South+Australia's+land+supply+and+planning+system/Water-sensitive+urban+design#Case_studies_of_bioretention_and_swale_systems

A key element of the strategies described in the Urban Stormwater Management Policy for South Australia is the development of Stormwater Management Plans for catchments or specified areas The purpose of these plans is to ensure that stormwater management is addressed on a total catchment basis with the relevant NRM board, various local government authorities and state government agencies responsible for the catchment working together to develop, implement and fund a coordinated and multi-objective approach to management of stormwater for the area.

The Stormwater Management Plans will provide a template for more consistent management of stormwater in individual catchments that is aimed at addressing existing problems and capitalising on opportunities for providing a range of benefits through multi-objective planning, including reuse where feasible.

In order to achieve this outcome, Stormwater Management Plans should:

  • set out clearly the objectives for managing stormwater in the catchment;
  • identify actions (both structural and non-structural) required to manage stormwater to achieve beneficial outcomes and meet the specified objectives;
  • provide a justification for any proposed catchment studies, works, measures or actions;
  • estimate capital and recurrent costs and assign priorities and timeframes to each of the actions;
  • define the obligations of the relevant parties in funding, implementing and communicating the plan.


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