Environmental Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions

Mark E. Hostetler

in The Green Leap

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271104
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951877 | DOI:
Environmental Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions

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This chapter discusses the importance of covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs), which are legal documents that dictate how properties in a subdivision look and how they are managed. Strategies and examples are listed for how residents can update CC&Rs that support biodiversity conservation in a neighborhood. For developers, strategies and examples for creating CC&Rs that explicitly state environmental and biodiversity practices related to the homes, yards, and neighborhoods are discussed. For policy makers, how one can create policies that encourage developers to write environmental CC&Rs is discussed.

Keywords: urban biodiversity; conservation; conservation subdivision; policy makers; developers; CC&Rs; deed restrictions; environmental landscaping; land stewardship

Chapter.  2113 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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