I works as an as needed planning consultant for a number of community's and I have a client who is interested in some new or innovative ideas for increasing the perception of open space.
I have mentioned clustered housing, PUD's, Density bonus, 1/4 1/4 and sliding scale zoning etc. Their current zoning allows many of the options, but they want something they can do on an individual parcel basis.
Now I say perception of open space because they want some tools or ideas which they can apply to an individual parcel, but they don't want to pay or institute a site plan review requirement/process.
They have already made the following changes to their AG District.
Old Min. lot size 1 acre
New Min. lot size 3 acres
Old front setback 60 ft.
New front setback 100 ft
Old Min. Lot width 200 ft
New Min Lot width 300 ft.
Can you think of any other ideas on what this rural community can do to increase the perception of more open space?
I have to prep. a memo by this Wed. and to to make a presentation to the PC and Township Board next Wed. so you input would help out a lot.