Conservation Subdivisions: Protect Natural Features By Building Compactly

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Locating homes closer together than would typically be allowed can preserve open space or farmland. Compact building limits the cost of development by reducing infrastructure like roads and sidewalks, sewer and water pipes, and telephone and electrical wiring. When enough new neighborhoods are developed in this way, cross-city trailway systems can locate through a system of connected open spaces.

To encourage conservation-based construction, density bonuses, that allow more homes than ordinarily would be permitted, are sometimes granted to compensate developers for the cost of thoughtful design, coordinated open spaces, and the construction of alleys.

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