First, I want to thank all who actively participate in this online community. I'm not a planner. I'm just a concerned and engaged citizen who is chairman of one of five citizen-based committees the county assembled to help with their comp plan update. My group focused on land use/preservation. I've gotten a ton of info and insights from you folks over the last couple of years and I thank you for that.
On to business...
The first draft of the comp plan has been released. A lot of it is very good. Some things I disagree with but understand where they're coming from. Here's one I don't get. Regarding cluster and conservation subdivisions, one of the options for density bonuses is this:
"Open Space - Provide a development layout that preserves environmentally significant or historically significant areas on the subject property. Open space areas must be placed in a conservation easement for a minimum of forty-years."
I've researched and read many comp plans and zoning ordinances but I've never come across anything about non-permanent open space. Is there some advantage for offering this option that I don't see?