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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

July 28, 2005

Conservation Development Symposium

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, along with the University of Texas School of Architecture and the Texas Land Trust Program announce the 4th annual Conservation Development Symposium at the Wildflower Center on August 19, 2005.

In the past four years, the conference has progressed from informative discussions about the concept of conservation development to a forum for action and implementation. At the conference, the city of Dripping Springs will present their recently approved ordinance for conservation development in a rural municipality. In addition, discussions regarding current Texas laws that affect conservation development and real-world examples of the economic benefits to developers and counties will provide valuable insight to developers, landowners, city and county officials, planners, landscape architects and tax appraisers.

A new component of this year's conference will be the introduction of a comprehensive handbook for conservation development in Texas. This handbook explains and defines this type of development and the valuable economic and ecological benefits that make it a viable alternative to traditional development practices in rural and suburban areas. This handbook, created by the Wildflower Center, provides an in-depth look at the economics of land conservation, development ordinances, legal barriers in Texas, benefits for developers, infrastructure costs, and more.

Conservation development is a style of residential development that involves clustering of homes or other buildings in order to permanently preserve open space and sensitive natural features. Conservation subdivisions are a way to protect the natural heritage of rural America while also expanding land development practices to incorporate the principles of regional identity, land conservation and stewardship.

For program details, or to register, please visit $link(http://www.wildflower.org/?nd=cds,www.wildflower.org)

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