Two new resources are available to local governments seeking to use LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) as a sustainability tool. The Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods and the Neighborhood Development Floating Zone were created by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School.
Both resources are available for free download. Accompanied by case studies of how municipalities have leveraged LEED-ND as a sustainability tool, the Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods seeks to assist elected officials, local planners, and other professionals who work with municipalities to use the LEED-ND rating system to evaluate and amend land use regulations, plans, and policies to promote more environmentally sound and economically robust communities. The manual draws from research and interviews with more than 60 municipalities that have already leveraged LEED-ND to reform their comprehensive plans, land development regulations, and infrastructure planning to achieve sustainability goals.
The Neighborhood Development Floating Zone is a model ordinance to help local governments foster green community development using the LEED-ND rating system. The Floating Zone is offered as a cost-effective and efficient tool that can be used by local governments hoping to incentivize the private sector to follow green neighborhood development principles when the more extensive zoning update process laid out in the manual is not an option.
Additional funding for the development of both resources was provided by The Oram Foundation Fund for the Environment and Urban Life, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.