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Chapter 4: Conservation Development

Aerial view of homes grouped along a winding road surrounded by trees and open space.

Conservation Development is a development technique that allows design and layout of an entire development parcel, to conserve resources while allowing development to occur at the same density as the underlying zoning. A special form of Planned Unit Development, conservation development utilizes high standards for open space and design, coupled with design flexibility. Conservation development can be designed to meet a range of goals including conserving open space, conserving natural and cultural resources, creating amenities attractive to buyers, and creating a new neighborhood that is an asset to the community. In many cases, concentrating development on just a portion of a development tract can minimize the cost of providing and maintaining public services and utilities.