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What is a PUD

By Derren Peters

A Planned Unit Development, or PUD, is a planned community often consisting of a variety of housing, recreation, and shopping, in one contained development or subdivision. PUDs often feature diverse neighborhood properties, with townhomes or detached single-family residences built near two-family units and multiple-family dwellings. Other buildings within the development may include schools, churches, retirement homes, hospitals, or community centers. Membership in the homeowners association is required, and a fee is assessed to cover certain expenses, usually maintenance for roads and commonly owned land or buildings.

The majority of the land in a planned unit development is covered with residential properties. The most attractive and favorable land space is usually reserved for residential properties only, protected from commercial or industrial use.

Planned units grant developers greater flexibility in site planning and building design. That flexibility allows the developer to incorporate amenities in the project that exceed those possible under the general provisions of Zoning Regulations.

With PUDs, the zoning of districts becomes very different from what was standard under the Standard Zoning Enabling Act. Historically, the districts were very narrow in type and large in area. Within PUDs, zoning becomes much more integrated with multiple land uses and districts being placed on adjacent land parcels.

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