Conservation Subdivisions a Hit Among Developers, Homebuyers

In less than two years Gwinnett, Geogia has approved 76 cluster development plans that put aside 1,718 total acres of open space.
May 29, 2004, 9am PDT | C. Scott Smith
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"With postage-stamp lots backing up to postcard views, the neighborhoods have emerged as a popular alternative around the country. The first batch is just now coming out of the ground in Gwinnett, which passed its first conservation subdivision ordinance three years ago.

Under the rules, developers are allowed to cluster homes on part of a parcel in exchange for leaving 40 to 50 percent of the land undeveloped. The total number of houses can't exceed what the developer would be able to build using traditional zoning."

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Published on Thursday, May 27, 2004 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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