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Conservation subdivision design and TNDs, New Urbanism
Conserving land in traditional neighborhood design (TNDs) and New Urbanism

We acknowledge the benefits of higher-density, mixed-use, transit-friendly development, often referred to as TNDs (traditional neighborhood design) or New Urbanism, but that excellent approach is often totally inappropriate in unserviced rural areas where existing zoning densities are lower for a number of very valid reasons.

However, in areas within or adjacent to existing communities served with public water and sewer, where comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances support such higher densities, TNDs are indeed very appropriate.

But even in these situations, we feel that the TND approach should generally be blended with conservation design principles so that the special natural and cultural features of each development parcel can be sensitively designed around, thereby creating more distinctive neighborhoods in the process.

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