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Conservation Subdivisions: Learn More
Site map of a conservation subdivision, Sugar Creek Preserve

Benefits Of Conservation Subdivisions To:
Landowners, Planners, Developers, Neighbors, Realtors, Residents

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Click on the image of Sugar Creek Preserve at left to learn how conservation subdivisions preserve lands that otherwise would be destroyed by conventional cookie cutter subdivisions.

Community-Wide Natural Areas
Conservation subdivisions arrange homes so only half or less of buildable land is used for homes. The same number of homes can be built around an interconnected community-wide network of protected meadows, woodlands, streams and lakes.

Conservation Subdivision Ordinance
Download a free conservation subdivision ordinance and TEST your town's ordinance at our website

Realities of Suburban Expansion
It is critical not to ignore the reality that suburban expansion will continue in areas not served by public water and sewer (thereby limiting density) and far from transit lines.
Many people close their eyes to that reality, choosing to believe in the potential of TDRs (transfer of development rights), PDRs (purchase of development rights), and Urban Growth Boundaries, none of which are in reality likely to become highly effective tools for most communities at the metro-edge.

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Growing Greener, Conservation by Design (PDF) (14 pages)
Courtesy Natural Lands Trust

Conservation Subdivisions and New Urbanism
Conservation subdivisions and TNDs, New Urbanism

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A Constructive Critique of Outmoded Subdivision Ordinance Provisions (PDF) (5 pages)

Videos, Books, Clean Air, Workshop, Clustering, Learn How
Books Clustering vs. Conservation Subdivision
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Workshop Learn how: The 4 step process

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