To preserve irreplaceable agricultural resources by protecting prime and unique soils on farmland and forestland from development.
Locate the project on a site that is not within a state or locally designated agricultural preservation district (or local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.), unless any changes made to the site conform to the requirements for development within the district (as used in this requirement, “district” does not equate to land-use zoning).
Meet the requirements of one of the following five options.
Locate the project on an infill site
Comply with SLLp1, Option 3, Transit Corridor.
Locate the project within a designated receiving area for development rights under a publicly administered farmland protection program that provides for the transfer of development rights from lands designated for conservation to lands designated for development.
Locate the project’s development footprintThe development footprint is the total area of the building footprint and area affected by development or by project site activity. Hardscape, access roads, parking lots, nonbuilding facilities, and the building itself are all included in the development footprint. such that it does not disturb prime farmland, unique farmland, or farmland of statewide or local importance as defined by the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7, Volume 6, Parts 400 to 699, Section 657.5 and identified in a state Natural Resources Conservation Service soil survey (or local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.).
If development footprint affects land with prime farmland, unique farmland, or farmland of statewide or local importance as as defined by the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7, Volume 6, Parts 400 to 699, Section 657.5 and identified in a state Natural Resources Conservation Service soil survey (or local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.), mitigate the loss through the purchase or donation of easements providing permanent protection from development on land with comparable soils in accordance with the ratios based on densities per acre of buildable landThe portion of the site where construction can occur. When used in density calculations, the calculation for buildable land excludes: public streets and other public rights of way, and land excluded from development by law or other prerequisites of LEED for Neighborhood Development. listed in Tables 1 and 2.
DU = dwelling unit; FAR = floor-area ratio.
All off-site mitigation must be located within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of the project.
Up to 15% of the affected farmland area may be subtracted from the mitigation acreage required of the project in Tables 1 and 2 if it is permanently dedicated for community gardens. Portions of parking structures devoted exclusively to parking must be excluded from the numerator when calculating the floor-area ratio (FAR).
The mitigation ratio for a mixed-use project is calculated as follows:
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