Density Transfer Credit

Description: Many, perhaps most, communities in New Hampshire have master plans that advocate protecting natural resources and important conservation lands, preserving open space, saving what is left of their rural character and working landscapes and preventing sprawl. These are core values for most communities. Yet despite the best of intentions, most existing zoning ordinances, no matter how well crafted, will not achieve these goals.

The concept of transferring development rights and the density transfer credit was devised several decades ago as a potential solution to the problem of preventing or discouraging development in places where it is physically feasible, but undesirable for one or more reasons. While it has met with only partial success as a zoning technique, recent variations show promise in overcoming the common barriers that have prevented more widespread use.

This chapter of the Innovative Land Use Techniques Handbook provides an overview of the transfer of development rights and presents a model density transfer ordinance.

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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions, NH Office of Energy and Planning and the NH Local Government Center
Date: 2008

Format: PDF Document

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