How can communities protect buffers?
Some communities have used a variety of tools to protect riparian buffers, including regulatory approaches to guide the location of development. This might involve an overlay zoning ordinance, a new, freestanding ordinance, or amendment of an existing floodplain or stormwater ordinance.
Other communities have used nonregulatory approaches, including outright purchase of the property; purchase or donation of conservation easements; purchase of development rights; stormwater credits; or density compensation. The tool selected should meet the needs of the community as well as the buffer.