Planned Unit Developments

A Planned Unit Development (a “PUD”) is a relatively new development in real property law.

A PUD is a grouping of mixed but compatible land uses, such as residential units topping commercial spaces on the street level. While this kind of development is commonplace in larger cities, it came to less-populated areas through the New Urbanism movement, under which community leaders and builders sought to build more “walkable” cities. A PUD furthers this goal by providing higher-density development with mixed uses, such that residents of a PUD or those living near a PUD could conceivably walk to the store or even to work. A PUD can consist of nearly any combination of free-standing or shared-wall units and can combine any compatible use. Typically, however, a PUD will have residential, commercial, and common open space.