To channel development to urban areas with existing infrastructure, protect greenfields and preserve habitat and natural resources.
Option 1: Development density
Construct or renovate a building on a previously developed site AND in a community with a minimum density of 60,000 square feet per acre net (13,800 square meters per hectare net). The density calculation is based on a typical two-story downtown development and must include the area of the project being built.
Option 2: Community connectivity
Construct or renovate a building on a site that meets the following criteria:
- Is located on a previously developed site
- Is within 1/2 mile of a residential area or neighborhood with an average density of 10 units per acre net
- Is within 1/2 mile of at least 10 basic services
- Has pedestrian access between the building and the services
For mixed-use projects, no more than 1 service within the project boundary may be counted as 1 of the 10 basic services, provided it is open to the public. No more than 2 of the 10 services required may be anticipated (i.e. at least 8 must be existing and operational). In addition, the anticipated services must demonstrate that they will be operational in the locations indicated within 1 year of occupation of the applicant project. Examples of basic services include the following:
- Place of Worship
- Convenience Grocery
- Day Care Center
- Fire Station
- Beauty Salon
- Medical or Dental Office
- Senior Care Facility
- Post Office
- Community Center
- Fitness Center
Proximity is determined by drawing a 1/2-mile radius around a main building entrance on a site map and counting the services within that radius.