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Developing a Conservation Incentive Zoning Ordinance

As part of its 2030 Comprehensive Plan, Carver County planned to adopt a conservation incentive zoning option to encourage landowners to protect, preserve, enhance, or restore natural resources on their property in exchange for additional building eligibility. A graduate student in landscape architecture and urban planning assisted the county by reviewing and summarizing existing conservation development ordinances, natural resource conservation programs, conservation design standards, and natural resource evaluation systems in other developing metropolitan counties. The data gathered from this project was used to inform an update to Carver County's zoning ordinance in 2010 that included a conservation incentive zoning option.

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Carver County Planning and Water Management
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