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The land development process has a documented impact on the quality of our watersheds. One of the best ways to mitigate these impacts is to control the way that development sites are designed. Better site design is a process by which local governments can review their zoning codes and ordinances to minimize impervious cover and promote conservation of natural areas. This presentation outlines 22 model principles for land development that focus on streets, parking lots, lot design, and conservation of natural areas in new developments.