Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Seymour, Michael

Committee Member

Schauwecker, Timothy J.

Committee Member

Brzuszek, Robert F.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Landscape Architecture

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Landscape Architecture


Conservation subdivisions offer an alternative to large-lot residential developments along the urban fringe. These developments pride themselves on protecting ecologically sensitive land and providing an improved quality of life for residents. As suggested by Randall Arendt (1996), these goals are achieved by clustering homes on one portion of the site, while “half or more of the buildable land area is designated as undivided, permanent open space.” In order to gain information about the priorities and motivations of conservation subdivision residents in the Southeast United States, a survey was administered to homeowners within five conservation subdivisions. The results from this study revealed that open space, improved quality of life, and a strengthened community were important in each community. Additionally, homeowner satisfaction is prevalent among conservation subdivision residents. Lastly, demographic characteristics of these communities were analyzed. Recommendations are made for landscape architects and planning professionals for the future development of conservation subdivisions.