Planning and Zoning for Rural Character

PAS Essential Info Packet 22

By American Planning Association

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Is your community struggling to preserve its rural character? Recent planning movements have enshrined the characteristics of the traditional village: compact, mixed use, pedestrian-friendly settlements built at a human scale. Yet while these principles have been applied to urban redevelopment and greenfield construction, rural villages themselves are being threatened by sprawling development from nearby metropolitan regions.

This PAS Essential Info Packet provides APA publications, reports, and sample ordinances from across the country that can help planners protect existing communities from uncontrolled development while preserving the surrounding open landscape. Topics covered include zoning for village and rural activity centers, transfer of development rights programs, conservation subdivision design, and ridgeline and scenic corridor protection.

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Date Published
Feb. 1, 2009
APA Planning Advisory Service