Schauwecker, Timothy J.
Brzuszek, Robert F.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Landscape Architecture
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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.
Lucius, Jamie Elizabeth, "A Community That Is Like Family: Conservation Subdivision Residents' Perceptions of their Neighborhood" (2013). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 47.