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