According to Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Conservation Development Manual, conservation development is “a creative land use technique that allows a community to guide growth to the most appropriate areas within a parcel of land to avoid impacts to the environment and preserve the character-defining features of a community.” Conservation development incorporates flexibility in siting services and infrastructure and encourages the development of a greenway system within town. Additional aims include protection of natural resources, conservation of productive agricultural soils, and maintenance of open land set aside for recreation. A minimum of fifty percent of the land in conservation development is generally preserved as meaningful open space.
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