To channel development to urban areas with existing infrastructure, protect greenfields, and preserve habitat and natural resources. In rural areas, to increase development density on sites with existing or previously developed healthcare facilities rather than on undeveloped rural land.
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 (800 meters) of a residential area or neighborhood with an average density of 10 units per acre net
- Is within 1/2 mile (800 meters) 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 (800 meter) radius around a main building entrance on a site map and counting the services within that radius.
Greenfield developments and projects that do not use existing infrastructure are not eligible.
Streamlined path available
Achievement of this credit can be documented via a LEED ND v2009 submittal. For more information check out this article.
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