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HOW Do You Design A Sustainable Neighborhood? Asheville Eco-Developer Team Tells All

eco developers at asheville eco community waterfall

As I threaded my way over the rocky path to one of the many waterfalls at the eco development our Firm is representing, I wondered...

how did these amazing folks (see the developers in photo I took to your left)  come up with a sustainable design? 

How can one create a conservation development in such a way that genuinely honors the land and protects the environment?

Always curious, I set out on a Q&A session by the waterfall. I wanted to know about the whole process involved in creating a sustainable design.

Q. "How did you make this happen?"

A. "We simply used the thoughtful stewardship principles that reflect our vision, and we used them in the planning of this entire eco-community!"

Q. "What are the steps in that process?"

 A. "Before any plans were made, we got together with a team of eco-savvy land planners and explored the lay of the land and got to know the ecology of the plants and animals  that make it their home."

Q. "What was next?"

 

  • We decided to save the areas we loved the most [so that all in the conservation neighborhood could enjoy them] and not build on them.
  • We avoided ridgeline sites that would disrupt scenic vistas.
  • We made sure to protect the streams and water quality by maintaining wide riparian plant buffers on both sides.
  • We clustered the home sites on a portion of the property rather than spreading them all over.
  • We decided to maintain large contiguous blocks of undeveloped forest as a healthy habitat for plants and animals; and connected these areas with adjoining natural lands.
  • We put a minimally disturbing forest management plan in place for selective tree cutting and no clear cutting, with special attention near streams, mountain slopes and ridges.
  • We  used many native plants in landscaping.

The next time you find yourself on a couple of hundred acres of Land by a waterfall in a conservation neighborhood like this, you may have questions,too...let me know...I know who will have the answers.

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Comments

It's good to see someone blogging on how to be Blog. North Carolina is one of my favorite states especially in the fall of the year. Great blog.

Posted by Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes (LemonTree Realty) about 10 years ago

Obviously this was well thought out, no corners cut, with the right motives in mind.

Posted by Maria Holland, Realtor, ABR, GRI, CDPE, SFR (RE/Max Elite, ABR,GRI, CDPE, SFR) about 10 years ago

Heather~

Glad you like this BLOG...I try to post interesting "real life" situations and appreciate your response and comments.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Maria~

I agree. The eco-developers are as authentic as one could hope for...we are excited about representing them. The concept of creating an conservation  NEIGHBORHOOD is unique...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

I thought building on ridgelines was what people wanted to do?

Posted by Roxanne about 10 years ago

Roxanne~

Here in Asheville, most folks seem to want to protect the ridgeline so that all who live here can continue to enjoy the mountain view. In fact, a vocal community and city commission has put in place the steep slope ordinance.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

This series is so interesting.  I know that we are a long way from this in New Hampshire.  We haven't even begun paving the way with reforming zoning.  This is exciting and may serve as a roadmap for others.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago

Amazing all the steps we take to see if things will work out adn when they do we are just steps away form making someone else happy with a new homestead.

Posted by Susan Trombley, Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs (Trombley Real Estate) about 10 years ago

It's nice to know the character and wildlife etc will be preserved. There is only so much mountain land so, I think this is a wonderful way to thoughtfully preserve the view shed which in my opinion is rightfully part of the commons (at least to an extent).

People (in general) will eventually see the wisdom of this conscientious balance. Of that we can be sure.

 

Posted by John Narrin (ECO-Steward Realty) about 10 years ago

Joan~

You mentioned paving the way for others...and this is what the eco-developers have in mind, I think... They intend to have a place for those  interested in eco-innovation to offer workshops...the Green building Council and members could use this seminar facility...it IS exciting!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Susan~ 

You commented about " making someone else happy with a new homestead..." your comment makes me know YOU are the kind of real estate professional I would want to represent me...THANKS for that!.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

John~

I was very drawn to your comment. You said, " People (in general) will eventually see the wisdom of this conscientious balance. Of that we can be sure." This made me realize that the project has many dimensions...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

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