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March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Conservation subdivision is a flexible approach to subdivision design that concentrates development on a smaller portion of a parcel, allowing for preservation of valuable natural areas and open space. This approach is similar to clustering but is based on conservation analysis of the natural and cultural resource attributes of the parcel. Conservation subdivision design may result in the same or higher number of housing units as a conventional design. Communities may use conservation subdivisions to achieve environmental objectives, such as:
– Minimize overall site disturbance;
– Protect sensitive habitats such as stream corridors, wetlands, and forests;
– Maintain habitat connectivity to adjacent sites; and
– Reduce impervious surfaces and stormwater runoff.
This webinar will introduce conservation subdivisions and discuss best practices to achieve meaningful conservation outcomes, drawing on model laws and case studies from the Hudson Valley region. Conservation and stewardship options for open space areas set aside in the subdivision process will also be discussed.
Ted Fink, AICP, GREENPLAN, Inc.
John Lyons, Esq., Grant & Lyons LLP