York and Adams Smart Growth Coalition

Development Tools

Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND)
Traditional Neighborhood Development is a type of land use that permits a compatible mixture of residential, commercial and civic uses integrated with open space to create a balanced community.

TNDs typically have higher density in exchange for open space preservation. The concept of TND is not new. There are hundreds of TND communities across the United States- some as close as Lancaster County.

The use of TNDs can have many positive impacts on a community compared to conventional suburban development. Instead of using 200 acres to develop 200 houses eliminating any hope of open space preservation, TND development might use only 40 acres for this same number of units thereby protecting the remainder as open space.

TNDs are also designed to allow for more housing opportunities by providing a greater variety of styles and sizes that are available to different income levels. TNDs support economic development by allowing live/work units and a commercial downtown. TNDs, when done appropriately, can conserve tax dollars by decreasing infrastructure investment through more concentrated development.

The York/Adams Regional Smart Growth Coalition has developed this TND handbook for municipalities. It describes the writing, adoption, and management of Traditional Neighborhood Development ordinances This project has received a broad range of support including the following organizations and agencies: York County Planning Commission, the York County Economic Development Corporation, the Healthy York County Coalition Housing Task Force, the Healthy Adams County Coalition Housing Task Force, the York Housing Authority, the Penn State Cooperative Extension, the REALTORS Association of York & Adams Counties, York Water Company and the York County Farm and Natural Lands Trust.

 It is the hope of the Smart Growth Coalition that the development of this handbook will better enable the York/Adams County region to plan for future growth by adopting progressive zoning ordinances that will allow municipalities to accommodate growth while preserving open space and farmland at the same time.

 Low Impact Development
This new web atlas provides examples of innovative low impact development (LID) projects such as vegetated swales, green roofs, rain barrels and more.  The LID Atlas was launched by the National NEMO Network.  You can search for a project name, specific LID practice, by state, or by land-use type. http://clear.uconn.edu/tools/lidmap/ 

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