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LEED v2009
Neighborhood Development
Neighborhood Pattern & Design
Mixed-use neighborhood centers

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ND-v2009 NPDc3: Mixed-Use Neighborhood Centers 1-4 points

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Intent

To cluster diverse land uses in accessible neighborhood and regional centers to encourage daily walking, biking, and transit use, reduce vehicle distance traveled and automobile dependence, and support car-free living.

Requirements

For all projects
Locate and/or design the project such that 50% of its dwelling units are within a 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance of the number of diverse uses (see Appendix) in Table 1, including at least one use from each of the four categories. For projects with no dwellings, 50% of dwelling units within 1/4 mile (400 meters) of the project boundary must be within a 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance of the number of diverse uses specified in Table 1, including at least one food retail store and at least one establishment from each of two other categories. Establishments may be inside or outside the project and may be existing or planned diverse uses. The specified number of diverse uses must be in place by the time of occupancy according to the percentages indicated in Table 1 (exclusive of portions of parking structures devoted to parking): Table 1. Points for diverse uses within 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance, by time of occupancy

Diverse uses

Percentage occupancy of
total floor area

Points

4–6

20%

1

7–10

30%

2

11–18

40%

3

≥19

50%

4

Per neighborhood center, the following restrictions apply:
  1. A single establishment may not be counted in two categories or as two types of diverse use (e.g., a place of worship may be counted only once even if it also contains a daycare facility, and a retail store may be counted only once even if it sells products in several categories).
  2. Establishments in a mixed-use building may each count if they are distinctly operated enterprises with separate exterior entrances, but no more than half of the minimum number of diverse uses can be situated in a single building or under a common roof.
  3. Only two establishments of a single type may be counted (e.g., if five restaurants are within the required distance, only two may be counted).
For projects 40 acres (16 Hectares) or greater
Cluster diverse uses into neighborhood centers as follows:

Diverse uses

Minimum uses per neighborhood center

Points

4–6

3

1

7–10

5

2

11–18

7

3

≥ 19

9

4

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USGBC logo

© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To cluster diverse land uses in accessible neighborhood and regional centers to encourage daily walking, biking, and transit use, reduce vehicle distance traveled and automobile dependence, and support car-free living.

Requirements

For all projects
Locate and/or design the project such that 50% of its dwelling units are within a 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance of the number of diverse uses (see Appendix) in Table 1, including at least one use from each of the four categories. For projects with no dwellings, 50% of dwelling units within 1/4 mile (400 meters) of the project boundary must be within a 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance of the number of diverse uses specified in Table 1, including at least one food retail store and at least one establishment from each of two other categories. Establishments may be inside or outside the project and may be existing or planned diverse uses. The specified number of diverse uses must be in place by the time of occupancy according to the percentages indicated in Table 1 (exclusive of portions of parking structures devoted to parking): Table 1. Points for diverse uses within 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance, by time of occupancy

Diverse uses

Percentage occupancy of
total floor area

Points

4–6

20%

1

7–10

30%

2

11–18

40%

3

≥19

50%

4

Per neighborhood center, the following restrictions apply:
  1. A single establishment may not be counted in two categories or as two types of diverse use (e.g., a place of worship may be counted only once even if it also contains a daycare facility, and a retail store may be counted only once even if it sells products in several categories).
  2. Establishments in a mixed-use building may each count if they are distinctly operated enterprises with separate exterior entrances, but no more than half of the minimum number of diverse uses can be situated in a single building or under a common roof.
  3. Only two establishments of a single type may be counted (e.g., if five restaurants are within the required distance, only two may be counted).
For projects 40 acres (16 Hectares) or greater
Cluster diverse uses into neighborhood centers as follows:

Diverse uses

Minimum uses per neighborhood center

Points

4–6

3

1

7–10

5

2

11–18

7

3

≥ 19

9

4

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