Special Residential Development (SRD)
A Special Residential Development (“SRD”) is a project in which one or more lots, tracts, or parcels of land are to be improved for use as a coordinated site for housing and for which deviations from the dimensional standards that apply to conventional developments are allowed in order to achieve a diversity of household types, sizes and affordability. Instead of determining density by dwelling type, minimum lot area, and frontage requirements, the total Gross Floor Area (GFA) of market-rate residential development for the tract as a whole is limited.
- The amount of development permitted in a Special Residential Development shall be based on a proof plan showing at least two lots fully complying with the provisions of this bylaw (other than this § 6.9 and § 6.12), the Planning Board’s Subdivision Regulations, and the criteria set forth in §135-6.9.6.
- Common Open Space Standards: Minimum common open space. At least 15% of the developable site area in a Special Residential Development shall be set aside as common open space.
Types of Special Residential Development.
- Site Sensitive Development (SSD): A Special Residential Development in which the number of dwellings is limited as set forth in §135-6.9 so that existing site features such as natural grades, mature trees, stone walls, and historic structures may be retained.
- Compact Neighborhood Development (CND): A Special Residential Development in which the size of the dwelling units is limited as set forth in §135-6.9
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