The model open space ordinance contains language that fosters development that is substantially consistent with many local zoning standards yet allows for modifications from the original standards to ensure appropriate, fair, and consistent decision making. The model ordinance sets guidelines for management of open space and the amount of open space required on a site, but it is not intended to be a "one size fits all" document.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
- Open Space Development Model Ordinance (PDF)(6 pp, 52 K)
Open Space Ordinance from Calvert County, MD (PDF)(31 pp, 116 K)
An example of a mandatory open space ordinance.
Land Preservation District Model Zoning from Montgomery County, PA (PDF)(8 pp, 34 K)
This ordinance would also require the preservation of open space certain districts.
Open Space Ordinance from Hamburg Township, MI (PDF)(13 pp, 47 K)
This ordinance incorporates commercial land uses (e.g., mixed use) for projects of a certain size, and provides an example of the application procedure for one community.