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Relationship between New Urbanism and Conservation Design

By Randall Arendt

How to create traditional neighborhoods while still observing the basic principles of conservation design and community-wide open space network preservation conservation through creative site design, as I believe it should be practiced in serviced locations where densities of 3-6 dwellings/acre -- and mixed uses -- would be appropriate

In light of increased recent interest in arranging new development efficiently and attractively in what planners and others have referred to as "traditional neighborhoods", it is surprising that relatively little has been written to provide relevant design guidance to those involved in laying out, regulating, and reviewing proposals for such developments.

This new, highly visual, comprehensive publication addresses the relationship of neighborhood residential and mixed-use site design to the layout of open space, parks, squares, greenways, and greenbelts, filling in the niche between the existing literature on macro concerns (e.g., zoning) and that on micro issues (such as architectural design) in such developments.

Extensively illustrated with over 160 photographs, site plans, perspective sketches, and cross-sections, and providing illustrated design guidelines plus detailed model ordinance language, this beautiful 140 page report offers developers and planners creative ideas for new villages, hamlets, and subdivisions comprising a greener subset of the "New Urbanism".

In addition to being relevant to those involved in developing suburban and rural sites, the material in this publication is potentially useful for raising the bar of design excellence in: urban infill situations, extensions to established towns, parcels targeted for development within Urban Growth Boundaries, and land within "receiving areas" designated as part of "Transfer of Development Rights" (TDR) programs.

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