Cluster Development

Zoning Practice — August 2007

By Stuart Meck, FAICP


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Residential cluster development is a form of land development in which principal buildings and structures are grouped together on a site, thus saving the remaining land area for common open space, conservation, agriculture, recreation, and public and semipublic uses.

Cluster development has a number of distinct advantages over conventional subdivision development. A well-planned cluster development concentrates dwelling units on the most buildable portion of the site and preserves natural drainage systems, vegetation, open space, and other significant natural features that help control stormwater runoff and soil erosion.

This issue of Zoning Practice presents a model ordinance encouraging developers to use cluster development as an alternative to conventional lot-by-lot development.


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Aug. 1, 2007
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Stuart Meck, FAICP
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