WORKING WITH THE NORTH AMERICAN LAND TRUST, A DEVELOPMENT COMPANY TRIES THE LIMITED DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT TO PROVIDE AN OPTION FOR SALES AND ATTRACT CONSERVATION BUYERS TO THIS SUCCESSFUL RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY NESTLED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA. THE COMMUNITY INCLUDES A RESTORED HISTORIC INN THAT PROVIDES A UNIQUE FEATURE OF THE PROJECT. AS ANTICIPATED, LARGE TRACTS OF LAND SELL OUT IN RAPID FASHION WHILE SENSITIVE LANDSCAPE FEATURES ARE PROTECTED INCLUDING PRISTINE RIDGES AND WATERSHED AREAS. ONE CONSERVATION BUYER CREATES A NATIVE PLANT ARBORETUM AND RESEARCH CENTER WHERE A DIVERSE COLLECTION OF PLANT LIFE NOW THRIVES.

CLIENT PROFILE

By providing financial incentives for conservation buyers the Trust offers an attractive option to the developer to sell major parcels and allow the future owners to preserve the mountain. This project becomes an icon in the world of mountain communities.

THE CHALLENGE

The goal is to find buyers for large tracts of land that can become special places for the families while providing real conservation incentives to eliminate the high density approved plans with a few choice homesteads. The concept of less density yielding a financially affordable alternative seems counterintuitive, yet the developer decides to halt his plans and test the Trust's approach. "Can I really afford to do this?" the developer asks.

Some key elements of
the final plan include:

1 The project requires a minimal front-end investment by the developer;

2 Each parcel has enough flexibility to allow creative input from the conservation buyer’s architect and landscape architect to maintain the natural setting yet site the new homes to maximize the views and natural amenities;

3 All ecologically sensitive areas and important wildlife habitat are protected to maintain landscape diversity; and

4 The combination of a Historic Inn, a pristine mountain lake, and other amenities allows for many lifestyles and a unique summer living experience.