I am working with a rural community that is very new to the planning world...the Planning Board subdivision reg's are only a year old. The boards have expressed their disinterest--to put it mildly--in zoning. However, due to local issues as well as the fact that the town is in the NYC watershed, there is an inherent concern for water quality protection. In trying to come up with something that might work for the town before they get slapped with more regulations from the City, the idea of a performance standard zoning ordinance came to mind, where virtually the only criteria to establish standards would be water quality...again, remember--threats of tar and feathers abound with a mention of the "z" word
I've looked model ordinances online that use perf. zoning and I've read past thread about it...but cant seem to find much about using perf. standards in rural areas and/or for natural resource protection...which the more I think about, makes alot of sense.
Anyone know of some good resouces/books on the topic and/or have experience with this?