The purpose of cluster development is to permit a procedure for development which will:
Improve living and working environments;
Promote a more economic subdivision layout;
Encourage a variety of types of residential dwellings;
Encourage ingenuity and originality in total subdivision and individual site design; and
Preserve open space to serve recreational, scenic, and public service purposes, and other purposes related thereto, within the densities established for the gross tract.
In each zone allowing cluster development, the lot size may be reduced from the general lot size of that district to a specific minimum lot size for cluster development. All such lot reductions shall be compensated for by an equivalent amount of land, in contiguous clustered open space, to be preserved and maintained for its scenic value or for recreation or conservation purposes.
In the approval of a cluster subdivision, in no case shall the maximum development density specified for the applicable zone be increased, nor shall the other applicable regulations or use limitations for the zone be changed or modified.
A permit for a cluster development shall be granted only if evidence is presented which establishes:
That the proposed building or use will not have a substantial or undue adverse effect upon adjacent property, the character of the neighborhood, traffic conditions, parking, utility facilities, and other matters affecting the public health, safety and general welfare.
That the proposed cluster development will be constructed, arranged and operated so as not to dominate the immediate vicinity or to interfere with the development and use of neighboring property, in accordance with the applicable zone regulations.