Our non-traditional land plan for this rural open space community incorporated many conservation development principles. In order to achieve the desired density and maximize the amount of open space, half- acre to three-quarter acre lots were used. Building setbacks were modified from the original zoning requirements to allow houses to be closer together and to be placed on smaller lots. As a result, over fifty percent of the site remained open space and will be protected through the use of conservation easements and deed restrictions. Stormwater management was approached through a combination of wetland retention basins and alternative storage methods. Careful construction management and planning practices resulted in preserving existing trees and vegetation by carefully locating utilities, minimizing infrastructure, minimizing clearing for the road right-of-way and home sites, and providing narrow roads with swales.
2003 Smart Growth Community Excellence Award