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Conservation Subdivision Design

PAS QuickNotes 81

A conservation subdivision is a residential subdivision that devotes at least half of its potentially buildable land area to undivided, permanently protected open space. In contrast, conventional subdivisions devote all, or nearly all, buildable land area to individual lots and streets. This edition of PAS QuickNotes highlights the potential benefits of conservation subdivisions and summarizes how local officials and planners can encourage conservation subdivision design by identifying conservation priorities, updating development regulations, and providing education and assistance.
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