The Manzi plan would build on 29 percent of the 26-acre property and preserve the remaining 71 percent as working farmland; the Oregon-Morell plan would keep 76 percent as farmland. ...
Both applications advanced through the town's approval process during a 30-month moratorium on subdivisions in farm areas because of the amount of open space they preserved. Both comply with a conservation subdivision plan later adopted by the town.
John Rather, "No Water, Thanks, Subdivision Foes Say," The New York Times, May 29, 2005
In such a subdivision, the homes would be clustered while at least 50 percent of the land would be left as open common space. ...
A conservation subdivision lets developers build as many houses on a piece of land as they could with two-acre zoning, but with the houses closer together on lots that range from a quarter-acre to a half-acre, Smith said.
Tess Nacelewicz, "New zoning in Falmouth aimed at preserving land," Portland Press Herald, January 2, 2006
Jennifer L. Money, "Experts: Try all options to save farmland," Chapel Hill Herald, October 7, 1995