Use Planning Strategies
Land use planning for sustainability requires consideration of a
wide spectrum of factors including transportation, development density,
energy efficiency, natural corridors and open space, and growth
management. The following strategies are critical components of
comprehensive planning to address the complex land use issues facing
Planning and design strategies for the development of mixed-use,
walkable communities sited adjacent to transit access.
Development that promotes the co-existence of many community
locales and services within close proximity, to reduce automobile
Urban Growth Boundaries
A regulatory strategy for limiting urban sprawl by creating a geographical
boundary for new development over a period of time.
A strategy to promote greater development density and efficiency within
existing urban boundaries.
A strategy to preserve open spaces and natural systems, and
provide recreation opportunities, by connecting cities, suburbs,
and rural areas through linear corridors such as parks and trails.
A strategy for returning idle and often contaminated urban lands referred
to as "Brownfields" into productive use.
Transfer of Development Rights
A method of exchanging development rights among property developers
to increase development density and protect open space and existing
Open Space Protection
Ways to protect a communityís urban open space, farmland, wetlands, riparian
lands, rangeland, forests and woodlands, and coastal lands.
Planting and maintenance of trees within a city or community
as a strategy for reducing both carbon emissions and energy
expenditures for heating and cooling.
Local, regional, or statewide non-profit organizations directly
involved in protecting important land resources over the long
Agricultural Land Protection
Strategies for preserving the land that feeds and clothes us, provides
open space, food and habitat for diverse wildlife, and maintains a link
to our nationís agricultural heritage.
Solar Access Protection
Regulatory measures to provide legal protection to property
owners investing in solar energy systems, through solar access
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