Organic farms and conservation developments

Developers are creating subdivisions around organic farms to attract buyers according to the article Organic Farms as Subdivision Amenities in the New York Times. According to the article, these subdivisions have been treating farms as an amenity.

LandChoices’ member Ed McMahon is quoted in the article: “Open space improves the return for a developer,” Mr. McMahon said.

“We have 16,000 subdivisions around golf courses, where developers found they could charge a lot premium of 25 to 50 percent over comparable tract subdivision. But most people who live on golf courses do not play golf,” McMahon continued.

This terrific article makes the point that conservation subdivisions are more cost effective, efficient and add value, both monetary and to quality of life. Now if we could only convince the planning community.

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