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Conservation Subdivisions
A better way for every beautiful place in America slated for development

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

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Conventional Subdivision (above left with 2 acre house lots) vs. Conservation Subdivision (above right with just under 3/4 of an acre, 30,000 sq. ft., house lots) with the SAME number of home sites (55) on a 130 acre site. The conservation subdivision preserves almost two-thirds of the site, 62%, 81 acres.

Water Quality Preserved
Conservation subdivisions (we also refer to them as "natural neighborhoods
TM") greatly reduce or eliminate stormwater run-off due to large tracts of natural areas that absorb and filter water. Narrower, shorter streets reduce impervious areas while swales instead of curb and gutters absorb storrmwater instead of polluting lakes, rivers and streams.

Natural Areas and Wildlife Preserved
Conservation subdivisions preserve 50% - 70% or more of the buildable land, plus unbuildable wetlands, steep slopes and floodplains. They can be 10 acres like Trim's Ridge, 177 acres like Sugar Creek Preserve or 2,300 acres like Bundoran Farm.

Percentage of Land Preserved
In urban, sewered, high density areas zoned at 2-3-4 units per acre, preserving 40% open space, in addition to the unbuildable wetlands, floodplains, and steep slopes, is the norm. In rural, suburban edge areas at densities of 5 and 10 acres per dwelling, easily 70% or more of the land can be preserved.

Same Number of Homes
The same number of homes can be built as allowed in conventional "cookie-cutter" subdivisions.

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More Profitable
Conservation subdivisions are proven more profitable, less costly and faster selling than conventional subdivisions.

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Images courtesy Randall Arendt, "Conservation Design for Subdivisions",
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