Images from Randall Arendt Valley Springs Community Plan presentation 5/28/09
What are Conservation Subdivisions?
Conservation subdivision design establishes higher standards for both quantity and quality of open space that is to be preserved than typical “cluster housing.” Clustering frequently requires only 25%-30% of the gross land area be conserved, which often includes all unusable land and undesirable land such as stormwater management facilities and land under high-tension power lines. Conservation design preserves large blocks and corridors of desirable and usable, permanent, interconnected open space and conservation areas. Land protected remains under private ownership and control—typically a homeowners association or local land trust.
For land that is planned for development, conservation subdivision design is a way to create a better place to live, and an opportunity to eliminate the standard practice of full-density with no open space.
To find out more:
View examples of "conventional" subdivision design compared to "conservation design" posted on the Calaveras Council of Government’s website, from Randall Arendt's 5/28/09 Valley Springs Community Plan presentation
Read the book summary/ order the book ‘Conservation Design for Subdivisions — A Practical Guide to Creating Open Space Networks’ by Randall Arendt (Island Press 1996), and check out Randall Arendt’s website
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