The Following Links provide more information on the organizations and groups working to promote OSRD and general news about OSRD.
University of Michigan study finds homebuyers want view of woods, not large lawns.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA's site on smart growth including a focus on community based approaches to reducing sprawl.
Massachusetts Audubon Society (Mass Audubon)
Mass Audubon is a founding Green Neighborhoods Alliance member, Mass Audubon's primary mission is to protect the nature of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
CZM is a founding Green Neighborhoods Alliance member and has actively promoted open space residential design along the coast and in coastal watershed communities.
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
MAPC is a regional planning agency based in Boston. Planners from MAPC with assistance from the Alliance wrote the OSRD model bylaw/ordinance. For information concerning Open Space Residential Design see the regional planning section of their web site.
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC)
MVPC is a regional planning agency for the Merrimack Valley and the upper North Shore. MVPC provides technical assistance to its communities and is based in Haverhill.
Citizen Planning Training Collaborative (CPTC)
CPTC is a resource for planning board members and citizens interested in planning related issues. CPTC routinely hold events and is a source for educational resources for planners.
Web site of Randall Arendt, a land use specialist who help start the Open Space Residential Design movement in Massachusetts.
Web site of Metropolitian District Commission (MDC). MDC recently produced a publication on "Growth Management Tools: A Summary for Planning Boards in Massachusetts". It's a concise compilation of the various tools that Planning Boards have available to them.
Web site of the American Planning Association.
A Pennsylvania based land trust organization that has promoted Open Space Residential Design or Conservation Subdivision design in and around Philadelphia. Click on "Planning" then on "Growing Greener".