Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sustainable Sites Credit 2

Development Density
& Community Connectivity

Development Density & Community Connectivity allows you to earn points for density by locating your project in an area of two story buildings or with a quota of community services like banks and restaurants nearby.

To earn the first point your project site can meet either the density option or the connectivity option, but to be eligible for an additional point for exemplary performance under the innovation category, your site must first meet the density option.

Option 1 - Development Density

With an average density of 4450 SF of buildings per acre of properties within a 553 foot radius, our site does not meet the density threshold of 60,000 SF/acre.

The radius of the area to study is determined from area of the selected project site. The average density is calculated by summing the areas of buildings (in square feet) and dividing by the land area (in acres).

Community Connectivity

Option 2 - Community Connectivity
To earn one point under Sustainable Sites Credit 2 - Option 2 - Community Connectivity, the project site must contain residential zone properties and 10 community resources with a half-mile radius. The residential properties must be zoned for residential development of 10 units per acre or greater.  Community services must be accessible to pedestrians and not blocked by rail lines or highways.

Although the wording varies on whether the residential areas in the 1/2 mile radius should merely be zoned to allow 10 or more residential units per acre or if there must be housing built at that density, this project location clearly meets the requirements for Option 2 - Community Connectivity with 18 of 10 the required community services listed. There are 22 types community services listed by the USGBC and only 10 are required to meet the minimum. There are many more services near the project site than the 18 appear on the diagram above.

The Community Services are:
  1. Banks
  2. Places of Worship
  3. Convenience Grocers
  4. Day Care
  5. Cleaners
  6. Fire Stations
  7. Beauty
  8. Hardware
  9. Laundry
  10. Library
  11. Medical/Dental
  12. Senior Care Facility
  13. Park
  14. Pharmacy
  15. Post Office
  16. Restaurant (maximum 2 may be counted)
  17. School
  18. Supermarket
  19. Commercial Office
  20. Community Center
  21. Fitness Center
  22. Museum

1 comment:

  1. How did you set up your diagram?
    Google maps?
    I cant find how to mark the areas of the basic services with numbers