Low Impact Development


Low Impact Development (LID) is a land planning and engineering design approach to managing stormwater runoff. LID emphasizes conservation and the use of on-site natural features like bioswales, rain gardens, and wetlands to protect water quality, and provides many benefits such as creating a natural habitat for our feathered and furry friends!

Starling uses low impact development techniques that mimic nature. Our community has been designed to incorporate deeper topsoil to absorb the runoff and a variety of techniques such as wetlands, rain gardens and swales that collect, absorb and move the runoff through the site much like what happens in a natural setting. The water quality is improved naturally through the system before it enters the stormwater system.

Rain Water & Topsoil


You can implement your own low impact development in your yard by simply installing a rain barrel to collect rain water for watering your plants and lawn.

Another great way to add low impact development initiatives into your living space is to increase the depth of topsoil on your lot. Deeper topsoil acts like a sponge and holds moisture for use by your lawn, trees, and shrubs.

What is a Bioswale?


Bioswales are landscape elements that are designed to remove pollution and silt from surface runoff water. They are swaled drainage courses filled with vegetation and riprap. The water’s flow path is designed to maximize the time water spends in the swale, which aids in trapping pollutants and silt.

In natural, undeveloped areas the water from rain and snowmelt is first absorbed into the soil, collected in wetlands, and used by the vegetation growing on the land. What isn’t used this way is called runoff. This runoff moves across the land and into creeks, streams, and rivers. The water quality of the runoff is improved by the absorption in the soil and by the uptake by vegetation, particularly in wetlands or areas of high moisture like a ditch or swale. The water is cleaned by these processes.

Rich History & Nature at Big Lake


More than 220 species of birds have been sighted within the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park, including Franklin’s Gill, Blake Tern, Eared Grebe, Northern Pintail, Yellowlegs, Dowitcher, Pectoral Sandpiper and America Avocet.

Big Lake is globally recognized as an Important Bird Area because it supports large nesting grounds and many migrating waterfowl and shorebirds.

Archaeologists believe nomadic peoples used Big Lake as far back as 9000 years and specific archaeological sites have been recorded dating back 5,000 years. Stone tools and weapons found on the south and east sides of the lake attest to the importance of the lake to prehistoric people.


Interpretive Panels


Starling at Big Lake offers interpretive panels that educate residents on the low impact developments, such as bioswales and wetlands, used by Rohit Land Development to create an environmentally friendly neighbourhood. Three Panels are located within the community along the walking trails, providing information relevant to the specific location they are in.

Download our Low Impact Development brochure and learn how you can create a sustainable community for your neighbourhood and home!


Low Impact Development Homes for Sale


If our low impact development sounds appealing, view the lots for sale in NW Edmonton and come check out the neighbourhood for yourself.