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  1. #1

    May 1997
    Williston, VT

    Private open space ratios - community rooms

    How much recreational space does your jurisdiction require a residential PUD or apartment complex to provide for its residents? And what counts? Pool? Tennis Courts?

    Also, does anyone have a requirement for a community meeting room?

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    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
    Sep 1999
    400 miles from Orlando
    25% of the gross land area. Active and passive recreational areas and "common open space" all count. A recent addition also permit the developer of a PUD to count adjacent public trail corridors.

    We have no requirement for a community room.

  3. #3
    Feb 2004
    Ours is 10%, but due to the fact that most of our PUD's are in fill projects that occur on unusually shaped lots, we typically get in the 25% range. We also push the developer to have smaller lots, but still meet the density of the zone, and more common areas. All common facilities count and we do not have a requirement for a community room.

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    Cyburbian permaplanjuneau's avatar
    Jul 2004
    Juneau, AK
    We require that at least 30% of the area be in common open space in denser zoning districts, and 40% in single-family and duplex zones. We further require that at least 70% of the open space be in a single, contiguous unit. We do not require any common indoor space.

    We also allow for up to a 15% density bonus for the provision of certain amenities, as listed below:

    (A) One percent for each ten percent increment of common open space in excess of that required to a maximum bonus of five percent for open space 50 percent in excess of that required;

    (B) Five percent for a mixture of housing units, at least 15 percent of which are designed for purchase via a monthly mortgage payment of no more than 30 percent of the median income in the City and Borough, as calculated by the Alaska Department of Labor;

    (C) Three percent for a continuous setback of greater than 50 feet, designated in the plan as undisturbed open space along important natural water bodies, including anadramous fish streams, lakes, and wetlands;

    (D) Five percent for excellence in siting, design, landscaping, and provision of common facilities and additional amenities that provide a distinctive development and unusual enhancement to the general area; and

    (E) Five percent for dedication of a public right-of-way accessible to all lots.

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    Cyburbian The One's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where Valley Fever Lives
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    Our Code Says

    35% of the site area is to be open space, not counting side yards or water features, unless otherwise approved up to a max of 40% of the total open space area. This is entirely meant to be private open space/active recreation including pools, playgrounds, mixed use detention areas if designed correctly and other open spaces. This is the only "good" hold over from our decades old PUD regs.
    “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.”
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    30% of the site area. Lake,stream, swimming pool, playground exercising area and natural feature can be counted. I think we have different rules in each area, u should check ur local ordinance.
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