The planned unit development (PUD) is intended to provide flexible land use and design regulations through the use of performance criteria to allow small-to-large scale neighborhoods or portions thereof to be developed within the township that permit a variety of types, containing both individual building sites and common property which are planned and developed as a unit. The planned unit development should be designed to relate to the character of surrounding areas, and wherever possible, should also be capable of functioning as a self-contained neighborhood. The PUD specifically encourages innovations in development to enable growing demands to be met by greater variety in type, design, and siting of buildings, and by the conservation and more efficient use of land in such developments.
While standard zoning and subdivision practices are appropriate for the regulation of land use in areas or neighborhoods that are already substantially developed, these controls represent a type of preregulation and regulatory rigidity which can hinder the creating of more attractive, safe and efficient areas. Therefore, this section is intended to permit enough flexibility in development design so as to allow the development of the most desirable amenities accruing from modern design techniques. Where these techniques are deemed appropriate, use and dimensional specifications elsewhere in this Ordinance are herein replaced by an approval process in which an approved plan becomes the basis for continuing land use controls.
The planned unit development shall achieve the following objectives:
Promote maximum choice in the types of environment, housing, lot sizes, and community facilities available to residents.
Encourage more usable tracts of land for open space and recreational purposes and for common use.
Preserve trees, outstanding natural topography and geologic features, and prevent soil erosion.
Encourage creative use of land, which can be planned to relate to surrounding physical development.
Attain more efficient use of land as a result of small networks of utilities and streets, and thereby lower housing costs.
Achieve a development pattern in harmony with the objectives of the Liberty Township Zoning Plan and/or current zoning requirements.