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Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques: A Handbook for Sustainable Development

Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques: A Handbook for Sustainable Development, originally published in 2008 was created to address the need for guidance and technical assistance on Innovative Land Use Controls authorized by RSA 674:21. The handbook includes sections dealing with development density, environmental characteristics, and site level design. Each of the 23 chapters includes model ordinances and regulations for use by municipalities interested in implementing the innovative land use techniques.

To address the need for guidance and technical assistance on Innovative Land Use Controls authorized by RSA 674:21, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and its partners, the NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions, the NH Office of Energy and Planning (presently known as the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives), and the NH Local Government Center (presently known as the New Hampshire Municipal Association), produced Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques: A Handbook for Sustainable Development.

This Innovative Land Use handbook includes sections dealing with development density, environmental characteristics, and site level design. Each of the 23 chapters includes model ordinances and regulations for use by municipalities interested in implementing the innovative land use techniques.

To assist users, the handbook is available in three versions:

Complete Chapters and Ordinance Templates

Cover, Table of Contents and Introduction pdf file

Section 1: Multi-Density Zoning

1.1 Density Transfer Credit
Chapter 1.1 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 1.1 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 1.1 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

1.2 Lot Size Averaging
Chapter 1.2 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 1.2 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 1.2 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

1.3 Feature-based Density
Chapter 1.3 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 1.3 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 1.3 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

1.4 Conservation Subdivision
Chapter 1.4 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 1.4 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 1.4 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

1.5 Village Plan Alternative
Chapter 1.5 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 1.5 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 1.5 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

1.6 Infill Development
Chapter 1.6 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 1.6 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 1.6 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

1.7 Agriculture Incentive Zoning
Chapter 1.7 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 1.7 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 1.7 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

1.8 Urban Growth Boundary and Urban Service District
Chapter 1.8 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 1.8 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 1.8 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

1.9 Inclusionary Housing
Chapter 1.9 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 1.9 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 1.9 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

Section 2: Environmental Characteristics Zoning

2.1 Permanent (Post-Construction) Stormwater Management
Chapter 2.1 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 2.1 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 2.1 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

2.2 Steep Slopes and Ridgeline Protection
Chapter 2.2 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 2.2 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 2.2 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

2.3 Habitat Management
Chapter 2.3 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 2.3 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 2.3 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

2.4 Wetlands Protection
Chapter 2.4 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 2.4 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 2.4 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

2.5 Protection of Groundwater and Surface Water Resources
Chapter 2.5 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 2.5 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 2.5 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

See Also: NHDES Drinking Water Program's Model Groundwater Protection Ordinance pdf file

2.6 Shoreland Protection: The Importance of Riparian Buffers
Chapter 2.6 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 2.6 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 2.6 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

2.8 Erosion and Sediment Control During Construction
Chapter 2.8 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 2.8 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 2.8 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

2.9 Fluvial Erosion Hazard Area Zoning (NEW CHAPTER added Sept. 2010)
Chapter 2.9 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 2.9 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 2.9 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

Section 3: Site-Level Design

3.1 Transit Oriented Development
Chapter 3.1 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 3.1 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 3.1 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

3.2 Pedestrian Oriented Development
Chapter 3.2 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 3.2 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 3.2 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

3.3 Access Management
Chapter 3.3 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 3.3 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 3.3 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

3.4 Preserving Dark Skies
Chapter 3.4 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 3.4 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 3.4 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

3.5 Energy Efficient Development
Chapter 3.5 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 3.5 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file/ Chapter 3.5 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

3.6 Landscaping
Chapter 3.6 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 3.6 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 3.6 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

3.7 Neighborhood Heritage Districts (NEW CHAPTER added Nov. 2014)
Chapter 3.7 Complete Chapter pdf file / Chapter 3.7 Ordinance Template Only (Word Document) Word file / Chapter 3.7 Ordinance Template Only (Rich Text Format) rtf (text) file

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