A conservation subdivision is a residential subdivision that devotes at least half of its potentially buildable land area to undivided, permanently protected open space. In contrast, conventional subdivisions devote all, or nearly all, buildable land area to individual lots and streets.
This edition of PAS QuickNotes highlights the potential benefits of conservation subdivisions and summarizes how local officials and planners can encourage conservation subdivision design by identifying conservation priorities, updating development regulations, and providing education and assistance.
About the Author
David Morley, AICP
David Morley, AICP, is a Research Program and QA Manager with the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he manages and contributes to sponsored research projects; manages the development of the Research KnowledgeBase; provides customized research assistance through the Inquiry Answer Service; develops, organizes, and participates in educational sessions and workshops; and writes for APA publications. Mr. Morley also co-edits Zoning Practice, a monthly publication to inform planners about smarter land-use practice, and PAS QuickNotes, a series of briefing papers that explain planning basics for public officials and engaged citizens.