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LEED v2009
Neighborhood Development
Neighborhood Pattern & Design
Connected and open community

LEED CREDIT

ND-v2009 NPDp3: Connected and open community Required

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Intent

To promote projects that have high levels of internal connectivity and are well connected to the community at large. To encourage development within existing communities that promote transportation efficiency through multimodal transportation. To improve public health by encouraging daily physical activity.

Requirements

OPTION 1. Projects with internal streets

Design and build the project such that its internal connectivity is at least 140 intersections per square mile (54 intersections/square kilometer). All streets and sidewalks that are counted toward the connectivity requirement must be available for general public use and not gated. Gated areas are not considered available for public use, with the exception of education and health care campuses and military bases where gates are used for security purposes.

AND

Design and build the project with at least one through-street and/or nonmotorized right-of-way intersecting or terminating at the project boundary at least every 800 feet (245 meters), or at existing abutting street intervals and intersections, whichever is the shorter distance. Nonmotorized rights-of-way may count for no more than 20% of the total. This does not apply to portions of the boundary where connections cannot be made because of physical obstacles, such as prior platting of property, construction of existing buildings or other barriers, slopes over 15%, wetlands and water bodies, railroad and utility rights-of-way, existing limited-access motor vehicle rights-of-way, and parks and dedicated open space.

OR

Option 2. Projects without internal streets

Locate the project such that the connectivity of the existing streets within 1/4 mile (400 meters) of the project boundary is at least 90 intersections per square mile (35 intersections/square kilometer). All streets and sidewalks that are counted toward the connectivity requirement must be available for general public use and not gated. Gated areas are not considered available for public use, with the exception of education and health care campuses and military bases where gates are used for security purposes.

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

Intent

To promote projects that have high levels of internal connectivity and are well connected to the community at large. To encourage development within existing communities that promote transportation efficiency through multimodal transportation. To improve public health by encouraging daily physical activity.

Requirements

OPTION 1. Projects with internal streets

Design and build the project such that its internal connectivity is at least 140 intersections per square mile (54 intersections/square kilometer). All streets and sidewalks that are counted toward the connectivity requirement must be available for general public use and not gated. Gated areas are not considered available for public use, with the exception of education and health care campuses and military bases where gates are used for security purposes.

AND

Design and build the project with at least one through-street and/or nonmotorized right-of-way intersecting or terminating at the project boundary at least every 800 feet (245 meters), or at existing abutting street intervals and intersections, whichever is the shorter distance. Nonmotorized rights-of-way may count for no more than 20% of the total. This does not apply to portions of the boundary where connections cannot be made because of physical obstacles, such as prior platting of property, construction of existing buildings or other barriers, slopes over 15%, wetlands and water bodies, railroad and utility rights-of-way, existing limited-access motor vehicle rights-of-way, and parks and dedicated open space.

OR

Option 2. Projects without internal streets

Locate the project such that the connectivity of the existing streets within 1/4 mile (400 meters) of the project boundary is at least 90 intersections per square mile (35 intersections/square kilometer). All streets and sidewalks that are counted toward the connectivity requirement must be available for general public use and not gated. Gated areas are not considered available for public use, with the exception of education and health care campuses and military bases where gates are used for security purposes.

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