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Letter to the editor
From The Herald Journal (Logan, Utah)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 2:45 AM CST

To the editor:

In regard to "Keeping that Rural Feel," (Herald Journal, Sunday, Nov. 25) true conservation subdivisions are normally "density neutral," meaning they have the same number of home sites as a conventional subdivision development. Reducing lot sizes in order to set aside protected land does not mean the developer is sacrificing revenue, as proven in golf course developments and lake lots. A study by Wayne State University (Mich.), "The Economics of Conservation Subdivisions," concluded that "lots in conservation subdivisions carry a premium, are less expensive to build, and sell more quickly than lots in conventional subdivisions," and that "conservation subdivisions are more profitable to developers than conventional subdivisions."

LandChoices is a national non-profit organization that helps landowners and communities preserve land and rural character. Learn more about conservation subdivisions by clicking the "Conservation Subdivisions" link along the top of the page at

Kirt Manecke
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