Existing Landscape
A few houses, many on existing or former farms, but an otherwise unspoiled/intact rural landscape. Step 1:
  • Require a map of the open space system for the parcel and surrounding area.
  • Locate appropriate places for development.
  • A sketch analysis of the area provides all the basic information to calculate how a development can fit into the landscape – what land should be protected and potential development pockets.
  Subdivision Sprawl
Individual parcels are developed for stand-alone, large lot houses which spread out across the landscape, degrading visual and environmental resources. Step 2 Conventional sketch layout determines maximum lot count under existing three-acre zoning. B. Typical Superimposed Subdivision
  • Productive farmland lost forever.
  • Pleasant view from road ruined.
  • Stream corridor cut off by backyards.
  • Large lots divide up and dominate the landscape.
  • Individual roads for each subdivision.
  • No chance for residents to enjoy special site features.
Conservation neighborhood Development is concentrated in more compact neighborhoods, preserving the visual and environmental integrity of most of the landscape. Step 3: The same number of houses can fit into the landscape while preserving 80 percent of the open space. C. Conservation Subdivision • Large farm fields protected. • Rural view from road retained. • Trail system allows access to stream. • Smaller, but substantial individual lot sizes with central green. • Potential connection to adjacent parcel. • Less expensive construction costs. • Residents have views of open field and direct access to woods.