Lot Size Averaging

Description: This chapter provides planning boards with a simple approach for achieving certain local master plan objectives while providing landowners with the flexibility needed to shape development to the landscape. The technique discussed here is lot size averaging, the basic concept that provided the foundation for the cluster or conservation subdivision.

Lot size averaging refers to the approach of requiring the average size of all of the lots in a subdivision to be equal to or greater than a specified minimum rather than requiring that each individual lot meet the minimum size threshold. The terms “density zoning” and “area-based allocation” of dwelling units are sometimes used as well.

This chapter of the Innovative Land Use Techniques Handbook provides an overview of lot size averaging and presents model ordinance language.

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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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