Fairhaven Highlands is an example of planning with nature. Revising a plan developed years earlier, the new plan was based on a year’s worth of site analysis and monitoring of wetland hydrology. Modest tweaks to the building type without changing yield and working in conjunction with the site’s natural features resulted in a new, highly efficient plan. It was able to preserve, over the previous site proposal, an additional 20 acres of land, for a total of 40 preserved acres, keep development to the areas with the least impact and reduce building heights from 8-10 floors to 3-5 floors.
The compactness of the plan reduced infrastructure costs – both environmental and financial – and, by reducing building height, allowed for a less expensive construction type. Low impact storm water strategies were planned throughout to preserve the site hydrology and water quality and mimic pre-development conditions.
Read more about Fairhaven Highlands in the Case Study.
September 23, 2009