Conservation subdivision


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Conservation subdivision

A form of land regulation that permits flexibility of design in order to promote environmentally sensitive and efficient uses of the land. With land subdivided through a conservation subdivision regulation, local government can preserve unique or sensitive natural resources such as groundwater, floodplains, wetlands, streams, steep slopes, woodlands, and wildlife habitat. Conservation subdivisions enable clustering of houses and structures on less environmentally sensitive soils, which reduces the amount of infrastructure including paved surfaces and utility easements necessary for residential development.
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Concord Township was the first township in Delaware County to incorporate conservation subdivision ordinances.
Conservation Subdivisions Included Within the Smart Growth Plan
David Tuch is a Landscape & Environmental Designer for Equinox Environmental, an Asheville-based Environmental Consulting firm providing conservation subdivision planning and design services.
5/10 Protecting Community-Wide Open Space Networks with Conservation Subdivisions and TND When: 4 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 10 Where: PSNH Energy Park, Manchester Contact: Home Builders and Remodelers Assoc.
This information assists planning and zoning commissions in determining which land should be reserved in conservation subdivisions. Woodstock's zoning laws stipulate that 50 percent of buildable land in a subdivision is conserved as permanently protected open space.
In addition, the plan advocates for increased conservation subdivisions that preserve farmland and open space by building on smaller, clustered lot sizes.
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