ECO-All-STARS JUNE CHALLENGE
Here is a photo of some incredible LAND. You are looking at about two thousand (2,000 AC) ...the terrain is level to rolling to hilly to...in the far distance, sort of steep...(if you live in the Rockies, it's just hilly )...and a pristine stream that you can not hop across wanders through this Land....
Here is the JUNE CHALLENGE...
1) Pretend you are in a position to design this LAND for use by all living things...
human and animal and plant and yourself . . .
2) WHAT STEPS would YOU take to create an eco-village/community/conservation neighborhood here? Would you bring in landscape architects? environmental scientists? permaculture experts? Do a botanical survey? Hydrologists? Interview and select eco-savvy architects and green builders?
Give us your process. Tell us the steps you would take if you owned 2,000+ AC and could create an eco-community there.
3) Write a post about your envisioned Green-Built Community,
and put the LINK to your post in the comment section below.
HERE'S A PLAT & HINTS:
- Night lights are restricted. Sky gazing is encouraged.
- Every site MUST have a beautiful mountain view.
- The surrounds are a hilly forest full of streams and coves.
- Each homesite has to have direct access to the many miles of trails designed for horseback riding, jogging and hiking.
- Ideally, the placement of homesites would be in areas around the periphery of the tract to assure that vehicular traffic is kept out of the core of the Preserve where the majority of trails would be found.
- Each site, or, if you choose, the cluster eco-village has to be unique....with its own charms.
Stephanie has begun this task...right below the PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT is Stephanie's comment from a series of posts I did on eco-development where there is more information on designing and creating eco-developments, eco-communities and conservation neighborhoods. Possibly use these for reference...
" I was thinking just the other day about this exact topic. 200 acres would make a fantastic but small acreage community with the option of 1-2 acre homesites. Each one could have a rain water capture systems with organic gardens. But how about a 'common' composting area? It takes a lot of stuff to make a good composting area and can take up a lot of room. So, why not a common area? :)
It looks like there is a ravine or river down behind there that could make a great picnic area. With all of the gorgeous scenery, definitely minimal impact/footprint on the ground to help keep the area permeable.
I've had a handful of people in lower price ranges wanting composting/garden areas, it's just hard to find a space large enough in an affordable price range. That's why I was thinking common areas by the way. :) Think how neat it would be to have cluster type communities in the middle of a city that had features like that for the homeowners. It would bring back the neighborly feeling for sure!
THIS IS THE FINAL DAY to grab this challenge by the horns and make it happen. Good Luck! ~janeAnne, Greenolina