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LEED ND: Plan | v2009

Compact development

NPDc2 | Possible 6 points

Intent

To conserve land and protect farmland and wildlife habitat by encouraging development in areas with existing infrastructure. To promote livability, walkability, and transportation efficiency, and reduce vehicle distance traveled. To improve public health by encouraging daily physical activity.

Requirements

Design and build the project such that residential and nonresidential components achieve the densities per acre of buildable land listed in Table 1 (excluding those portions of parking structures devoted to parking).

Residential density (DU/acre) Nonresidential density (FAR) Points
> 10 and ≤ 13 > 0.75 and ≤ 1.0 1
> 13 and ≤ 18 > 1.0 and ≤ 1.25 2
> 18 and ≤ 25 > 1.25 and ≤ 1.75 3
> 25 and ≤ 38 > 1.75 and ≤ 2.25 4
> 38 and ≤ 63 > 2.25 and ≤ 3.0 5
> 63 > 3.0 6
DU = dwelling unit; FAR = floor-area ratio.

The specified densities must be achieved within five years of the date that the first building of any type is occupied.

The scoring of a mixed-use project is calculated with a weighted average, according to the following steps.

  1. Determine the total square footage of all residential and nonresidential uses.
  2. Calculate the percentage residential and percentage nonresidential of the total square footage.
  3. Determine the density of each component as measured in dwelling units per acre and floor-area ratio, respectively.
  4. Referring to Table 1, find the appropriate points for the densities of the residential and nonresidential components.
  5. If the points are different, multiply the point value of the residential component by its percentage of the total square footage and multiply the point value of the nonresidential component by its percentage.
  6. Add the two scores.
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