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Creative subdivisions: new strategies for success.

There was a time that if you wanted to parcel off a lot of land it was a simple agreement between parties and an acknowledgement with the town that a new taxable lot was created. Not so anymore.

The subdivision of land has become a process involving multiple design professionals and lawyers, not to mention town, state and even federal agencies.

A "typical" subdivision today is touched by many hands and must pass muster at different stages of development. At TFMoran, the number of professionals involved in-house can include surveyors, engineers (civil, environmental and traffic), soil scientists and landscape architects. Outside consultants could include geotechnical specialists, historians, archeologists, foresters and wildlife biologists.

As the towns and state recognize the need to reduce sprawl and regulate growth, many creative initiatives for subdivision of land have emerged. Among them are "open space" subdivisions, "mixed-use" development and "traditional neighborhood" development, "performance zones" and "low-impact development."

TFM recently designed several creative subdivisions, including Braemoor Woods in Salem--a HUD pilot project for mixed-use, low-impact development--Dover Fields a mixed-use development with both retail and residential development in Dover that uses bio-retention ponds for runoff, and in Dublin, TFM's Keene office is designing a "conservation open space subdivision" that will protect the environmentally sensitive acreage.

Robert Duval is chief of engineering for the Bedford-based land planning firm, TFMoran Inc.
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Title Annotation:TFMoran
Author:Duval, Robert
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:May 25, 2007
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