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Conservation Development Workshop

Conservation Development is one of the most effective ways to implement the first step of Low Impact Development- avoiding the negative effects of stormwater runoff. It is a creative site design technique that allows a community to work collaboratively with developers to guide growth to the most appropriate areas within a parcel of land, in order to minimize negative impacts to the environment and preserve community character. Its compact form preserves at least 50% of a given development site as open space, with no cost to the community.

At this workshop, planners and other municipal staff and officials (3.0 AICP CM credits offered), designers, builders, non-profit staff, and other audiences:

•Learn how conservation development fits into the Rhode Island legal framework for subdivision review and how it can benefit your community

•Participate in a hands-on exercise to practice applying conservation development principles to an actual site

•Take advantage of ample discussion time to get your questions answered



PowerPoint Presentation

RI Conservation Development Manual

Conservation Development Ordinance Status in RI



Visualizing Conservation Development at the Site Scale

Visualizing Conservation Development at the Regional Scale

Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines 2

“The Economics of Conservation Subdivisions”- summary

“The Economics of Conservation Subdivisions”- full article

“Changing Cost Perceptions”

"REAL ESTATE: The Benefits of Conservation Development"

"1st conservation development gets nod in Smithfield"

"Planning for Open Space in Massachusetts"



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