Maybe you’ve heard this, “Due to the soil type here, drainage would be very poor and thus we can’t use pervious concrete on this project.”
This is a common misconception of pervious concrete. Leming (2007) sums it up best:
"It is important to recall that runoff is relatively high in areas with clayey soils or clayey-silts, even with natural ground cover, and properly designed and constructed pervious concrete pavement systems can provide a positive benefit in many situations...
Pervious concrete pavement systems may be used for active mitigation even with very tight, non draining soils when designing the system as a detention rather than retention device, although additional structural details must be provided. In these situations, since the soil will take in very little runoff anyway, regardless of the cover, the intent is to simply reduce the peak flow by holding the runoff for some period of time. Infiltration is not considered a critical feature of the design since virtually all of the captured runoff will be released directly into natural channels or the storm [water system]."
Reference: Leming, M. L., Malcom, H. R., and Tennis, P. D., Hydrologic Design of Pervious Concrete, EB303, Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Illinois, and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, 2007, 72 pages.