farmland preservation

Towns, Villages and Countryside

City or County: 
North St. Lucie County
State: 
FL

**Driehaus Award Winner**

Growth pressure on a 28-square-mile agricultural area near Fort Pierce resulted in the county's "Towns, Villages and Countryside" plan in 2004. The plan calls for existing development rights to be concentrated in new villages surrounded by conserved farmland. A unique form-based code was later adopted to implement this plan; unlike most such codes, it was adopted prior to the design of individual villages.

Adoption date: 
May 30, 2006