The CRDC supports the use of conservation subdivisions which incorporate a “pro-sensible growth” attitude by balancing sustainable development while protecting the site’s unique natural/cultural features in perpetuity. Conservation subdivisions usually dedicate 30 – 50 percent of the total development parcel as open space. The management and ownership of the land are often formed by the partnership between private land owners, land-use conservation organizations and local government.
Conservation subdivisions offer the following advantages:
- Enhances the municipality’s quality of life.
- Development costs are reduced as utility lines, streets, driveways and sidewalks are shorter.
- Open space can be designated as buffers to protect wetlands, streams and ponds.
- Water quality is enhanced when impervious surfaces such as streets, driveways and pipes are minimized.
- Provide wildlife habitat with the three basic requirements of shelter, food and water.
- Open spaces can serve as wildlife corridors and unfragmented wildlife preserves.
- Open space can be used to protect “unique or fragile” habitat as identified by local, regional or state natural resource surveys.