Hanover, MN worked with Barr Engineering and the MN Pollution Control Agency to develop a conservation design prototype to guide development of a new neighborhood. The plan features 50% open space with green space adjacent to every backyard, a trail system, habitat creation, distinct neighborhoods with a community park, a natural stormwater management system, minimized paving, a preserved farmstead and windbreak, and passive solar homes orientated to maximize free heating from the sun and cooling from breezes. The prototype was based upon the work of Randall Arendt, who published the 2007 Growing Greener, a free 18-page illustrated guide to creating open space networks and traditional neighborhoods through conservation design.
The Rick Harrison Site Design Studio of Golden Valley and his Prefurbia design tools aim to improve traditional suburban subdivision design. Among many features are the ability to maximize privacy and sightlines / viewsheds.
The Adaptation Workbook (Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science: 2016) is structured to incorporate the potential effects of climate change in land management and conservation actions.
Adopt a conservation design guideline or conservation design model appropriate to the natural resources and habitat of your city as a standard for developers and residents to reference and to guide staff in reviewing subdivisions.
Require a pre-proposal meeting as part of the subdivision process where, prior submission of a subdivision or development proposal, a conservation scorecard is discussed with developers and landowners; require a findings of fact be filed by staff or planning commission based on the scorecard or model; scenic viewsheds are explicitly identified and protected.
Incorporate a conservation design model or guide into subdivision regulations for greenfield areas with intact or restorable natural systems or resources; entitle a high-quality, multi-functional conservation development.
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Victoria - 2 star
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The purpose of this section is to implement the conservation objectives contained in the comprehensive plan, including but not limited to those shown on the 2030 Future Land Use map. The primary tool to accomplish these purposes shall be density transfer based on an approved concept plan. The city hereby establishes provisions for planned unit developments utilizing conservation subdivision design requirements
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The city is proud the have requirements within the Conservation subdivision design. This allows the city to keep the environment in mind but also letting the community grow