A FATHER AND SON TEAM UP TO PURCHASE A WORKING RANCH WITH 2,100-ACRES OF LAND IN RURAL TEXAS. AFTER CONSIDERABLE INVESTMENT THEY PREPARE A PLAN FOR A SPORTING GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY INCLUDING 400 CUSTOM HOMES, A SIGNATURE GOLF COURSE AND A MULTITUDE OF RECREATIONAL OPTIONS. BEFORE FILING THE SUBDIVISION PLAN, THOUGH, A FAMILY FRIEND CONVINCES THEM TO CONTACT NORTH AMERICAN LAND TRUST TO DISCUSS AN ALTERNATE PLAN THAT ULTIMATELY MAINAINS THE FLAVOR OF A WORKING RANCH, LIMITS THE NUMBER OF HOUSE SITES AND ATTRACTS PARTICIPANTS THAT APPRECIATE THE RANCH LIFESTYLE. IN ADDITION, NALT'S CONCEPT OFFERS FINANCIAL INCENTIVES AND CHARITABLE DEDUCTIONS THAT MAKE THE PACKAGE APPEALING FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.

THE CHALLENGE

The idea of permanently preserving some of the land and restricting the number of home sites intrigues the attorneys, the challenge is to acquire the land and pay for it without a more conventional solution. The Trust provides a viable alternative to a resort plan while preserving the ambiance of a Texas ranch.

"NALT's structure appealed to us and it opened us up to the possibilities of doing what we really wanted to do in the first place," says the attorney.

THE RESULTS
The design concept sets the homes obscurely into the Texas landscape while ensuring the owner's privacy and seclusion. Forty homesites replace the original plan for over 400 homes and condominiums. Today, longhorn cattle share pastures with horses in paddocks managed by the Ranch foreman. The Ranch becomes a place where families can enjoy Texas' ranch life activities in a tranquil setting protected forever from future development.

Some key elements of
the final plan include:

1 Minimizing the need for major front end investment;

2 Working with the ranch management plan to insure the look and feel of a true Texas ranch;

3 Discovering and protecting environmentally sensitive areas that provide habitat diversity for the ranch experience;

4 Restoring water features to attract wildfowl and aquatic life; and

5 Creating house sites in locations that do not interfere with the ranch management nor the natural features of the land.