Communities across the country are realizing that they can conserve farmland, woods, and other natural areas and still accommodate development. In Growing Greener
, Arendt shows how communities that "green up" their comprehensive plans and zoning and subdivision ordinances are setting new standards for creative development design.
Building on earlier work in Conservation Design for Subdivisions
, Arendt explains in detail how to put resource conserving development techniques into practice. His simple, straightforward approach strikes a workable balance between development and conservation. His methods have a number of advantages: They are easy to implement; they can be accomplished without significant public cost; they protect landowner equity; and they don't overburden developers. They also maximize land conservation without sacrificing building density and eliminate some of the political and legal complications that often follow downzoning.
Practical as well as inspiring, Growing Greener
outlines a four-step approach to designing conservation subdivisions; describes how to conduct a community resource inventory; includes extensive model language for comprehensive plans, subdivision ordinances, and zoning ordinances; and offers design principles for hamlets, villages, and traditional town neighborhoods. Lavishly illustrated, the book also features two group participation exercises and case studies of 11 conservation developments in nine states.
This book is essential reading for every planner, public official, and developer who wants to grow greener environmentally and economically.
Copublished by Island Press, APA, National Lands Trust, and ASLA.
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