The Westerly Sun notes UMaine role in Rhode Island community development

The Westerly Sun noted that the University of Maine developed the concept of “conservation development” that town planners in Charlestown, Rhode Island, are attempting to implement in their community zoning laws. The article says that over the last 20 years, 17 communities in Rhode Island have adopted regulations using the conservation development concept, which requires towns to draft and implement a set of regulations to better position homes in a cluster subdivision to maximize open-space benefits, protect aquifers and reduce stormwater pollution.