Open Space Zoning and Conservation Design Developments
Open space zoning regulations are techniques used by communities to accommodate growth while preserving lakes, streams, wetlands, other natural features and other special features (e.g., historic landmarks and scenic views) that are important to the community. Open space zoning requires a certain percentage of a site to be preserved as open space to protect these resources.
There are four fundamental components of open space zoning:
1. Special site features are inventoried and mapped.
2. A significant portion of the site is protected as permanent open space.
3. Building envelopes are sited to respect special features and preserve the quantity and quality of open space on the site.
4. Viewsheds are protected by siting development to maintain a low visual impact, particularly along public roadways and waters.
|Municipality / Organization||County||Resource Description||Resource Link|
|Macomb County||Macomb County||Native Vegetation Model Ordinance||Click here|
Additional Ordinance Examples
|Municipality||County||Resource Description||Resource Link|
|Yankee Springs Township||Barry County||Article VII: Open Space Zoning||Click here|
|Whitewater Township||Grand Traverse County||Ordinance: Open Space Preservation||Click here|
|Springfield Charter Township||Oakland County||Section 40-594: Cluster Housing Regulations||Click here|