Municipal Case Studies

To date, Natural Lands Trust has worked with more than 150 municipalities in 26 Pennsylvania counties. To learn more about our services and expertise, we invite you to explore the Case Studies below.

Birch Run - West Vincent Township
Birch Run - West Vincent Township

Placing lots on only one side of a road helped planners to maximize privacy and preserve the area’s open aspect.

Canterbury - Buckingham Township
Canterbury - Buckingham Township

Building houses on only the best part of a property made room for a flower field between the houses and a nearby farm.

Farmview - Lower Makefield Township
Farmview - Lower Makefield Township

Township supervisors adopted new zoning provisions permitting smaller lots in order to preserve farmland.

Forever Green - Monroe County
Forever Green - Monroe County

After learning the benefits of conser-vation planning, Monroe County citizens committed to preserving open space.

Garnet Oaks - Bethel Township
Garnet Oaks - Bethel Township

Instead of 58 one-acre plots, the devel-oper opted for a 24-acre woodland trail system with a park and a picnic area.

Growing Greener Model Ordinance
Growing Greener Model Ordinance

Language and regulations that may be added to existing ordinances to apply the principles of conservation design.

Growing Greener: Conservation by Design
Growing Greener: Conservation by Design

How to amend zoning and subdivision ordinances and municipal comprehen- sive plans to realize conservation goals.

How it Should Work - Rose Valley Borough
How it Should Work - Rose Valley Borough

Rose Valley, a Growing Greener comm-unity, worked with a developer to prot- ect nine of 26 acres and a quality tree.

Making a Difference - West Vincent Township
Making a Difference - West Vincent Township

This township uses Growing Greener or-dinances to make sure it keeps its rural character as it continues to develop.

Marshall Pond & View - Wallace Township
Marshall Pond & View - Wallace Township

Creative planning of three adjacent subdivisions led to charming community greens and 63 acres of open space.

Plumsock - Willistown Township
Plumsock - Willistown Township

By opting for .5-acre lots, the developer saved 50 undivided acres of woodlands and kept 70 percent of the parcel open.

Ponds at Woodward - Kennett Township
Ponds at Woodward - Kennett Township

The savvy owners of this 120-acre property planned only 55 lots, saved an orchard, and received high bids.

Ringfield - Chadds Ford Township
Ringfield - Chadds Ford Township

The developer’s creative site design allowed for 86 percent of open space to remain fields, ponds, and woodlands.

Trails System - London Grove Township
Trails System - London Grove Township

In London Grove, setting aside conserv-ation land during development has bec- ome second nature—and a priority.

Weatherstone - West Vincent Township
Weatherstone - West Vincent Township

Neotraditional design elements on a 300-acre tract helped the township meet its long-term conservation goals.

 

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