Conservation and Site Design
Florida has experienced a significant population growth and some reports indicate at least 7 million acres of private rural land will be converted to development. In many instances, urban sprawl is the leading cause of habitat fragmentation. Many developments remove vegetation and build within the entire site boundary. However, more developers are creating conservation design plans and wildlife-friendly communities which incorporate existing natural resource features into open space and building only in degraded areas.
There are many additional resources for developers, planners and local governments. However, the main idea is to use the natural resource features that are available, rather than creating artificial features or leaving nothing of aesthetics functional, and value. Examples of conservation design typically consist of large development areas, however, single-family home platted lots can also be planned in a manner that allows greenways and open space, including nature trails and neighborhood forested parks.
“Georgia developers have confirmed that homes in conservation subdivisions tend to sell faster for higher prices than homes in nearby conventional subdivisions.” (Atlanta Regional Commission)