EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST VERSION OF AUTOCAD, WE ARE ABLE TO CONVERT AVAILABLE DATA FROM VARIOUS ENGINEERING AND GIS SOURCES AND SAVE FUTURE COSTS.
The Trust's mapping process begins with an assessment of all existing data on a property and its immediate area and boundary surveys including:

  • Previous mapping and survey information
  • USGS topographic information
  • USDA soil information
  • County and State GIS data
  • Local zoning and subdivision ordinances
  • Wetlands maps, rare or endangered species maps
  • FEMA floodplain information
  • The most current digital aerial photographs available

Any existing legal documentation (deed restrictions, for example) is also evaluated. Once this database is completed, revisions are far less expensive and time-consuming.

Following the data collection and review, a Base Map and Existing Conditions Map are prepared using state-of-the-art software. All mapping information leads us in our design of a Conceptual Plan.

after extensive map conversion and site visits, the trust is armed with an accurate portrayal of the property that identifies sensitive ecological features, possible home sites and view shed protection areas.

Conceptual Plans give landowners and conservation investors an important tool in planning for the future by identifying potential house sites and the ability to compare the Trust's plan with standard plans. This cost effective process can provide the framework to move in a new direction.

Elements of the Trust's house site selection includes:

  • protected views;
  • easy access; and
  • environmentally sound landscape (soils suitable for on-site septic).

A key ingredient to the decision-making is the preparation of a Yield Plan (a conventional plan prepared by a civil engineer). A Yield Plan will allow for numerous comparisons and cost analysis including before and after appraisals to determine the value of a conservation easement.

After everyone involved in a project reviews the preliminary Conceptual Plans, revisions are made and submitted to the landowner for final approval.  A final Conceptual Plan is prepared and made available in several formats and serve as the first step in the approval process.



We integrate natural features of the land with outstanding house sites to create a unique place to live.

If a parcel of land undergoing conservation planning is large, or can be combined with adjacent lands, we offer a design plan called The Conservation Enclave Concept.
This plan identifies characteristics of a property that have unique natural features and are large enough to create a Preserve Component. The preserve area combined with outstanding house sites provides a unique alternative. All Enclave projects must have a conservation purpose and existing zoning that will allow it to qualify for significant density reduction.
In addition, the Conservation Enclave Concept envisions a central facility dedicated to the interpretation and management of the area and provides resident amenities such as a well-planned, interpretive trail system. The resident staff will manage the open space and conduct activities including nature education programs. The staff will also assist new residents in sustainable landscape planning to optimize the natural vegetation, and provides a native plant nursery and an organic farm program for the residents. The nature preserve portion of the property is perpetually restricted by a conservation easement.
The Conservation Enclave Concept is successful because it:

  • puts forth protections, incentives and amenities such as major open space areas, and protected views;
  • generally allows for easier approval of subdivision plans by regulatory agencies;
  • requires less upfront investment;
    attracts investors early in the process, thus allowing for a lower risk profile; and
  • provides tax incentives to initial investors.
Conceptual Plan
After extensive map conversion and site visits, the Trust is armed with an accurate portrayal of the property that identifies sensitive ecological features, possible home sites and view shed protection areas.

Conservation Enclave Concept
We integrate natural features of the land with outstanding house sites to create a unique place to live.

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