Green Communities, On the Path to Land Planning and Design, Part 3

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK 209970

on the path to land planning in asheville's green communities

 

So...we have touched on Green ECO Communities,and the process of Land Planning and Design.

The initial steps in land planning are so important.  Equinox Environmental, is one of a few  Greater Asheville Area Firms whose core services can provide land planning for our real estate clients.

  The path to land planning is exciting.

( I took this photo at an eco community about 25 minutes from downtown Asheville. Hiclory Nut Forest.)

Oftentimes, our clients use land planning  services during the due diligence period and prior to building. .  Then the land-savvy  professionals may have due diligence deadlines to deal with, but we have seenthem come through on time and with worthy plans that really assist our clients in making site and building decisons. .

Sometimes too, land planners come in after acreage has been acquired to help our eco-developer clients to, as David of Equinox   says, "... develop and make use of their properties while protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural resources on their lands." 

That's essential in a green community.

So the next step is sustainable design -the water, wetlands, rare species, habitat, and historic features there.  

Two examples of the latter:

1) Recently we listed a property with the remnants of an old gristmill on it. The eco-developers of this green community chose to replicate the gristmill. It will serve as the hub of the eco-community.

 2) Also just this past month we did a site evaluation on a potential urban  infill project. Although very close in to Asheville, it contains the ruins of an 18th century building. These are the kind of historic features that could, with thoughtful planning, become centerpieces of a new green community

While on the path to sustainable land planning and design, our real estate clients (and we)  appreciate being able to consult ,during and/or after due diligence, with eco-savvy experts who can transform special features of and on the Land into site amenities. These, David of Equinox tells us, " hold functional, aesthetic, and educational appeal....[whether that be for]... large scale planning of greenways and developments to site specific design of residential landscapes or restoration projects....". 

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Comments (7)

ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779
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WHAT do you think is essential in planning a green community?

Jun 30, 2008 01:41 AM
ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779
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What  would YOU choose to do in terms of planning a green community?

Aug 01, 2008 02:24 AM
Rhodes Waite
Asheville, NC

The #1 thing I would do would be to OBSERVE, OBSERVE, OBSERVE!!!  That would be my very first step in mindful planning of a green community.  Even if observing alone took years (which it should in some cases believe it or not), this is what I would do -- because think about it....once something is done, it is done. Once something is built, it is built.  The footprint has been made and it will be there for many years to come.  Some people might say "oh, we don't have the time to observe", yet if you weigh it out, look at the time it takes to make a developement happen vs. the life of the developement.  The answer is: WE HAVE THE TIME. Observation is essential.

The 2nd step would be to CALL IN OTHER MINDS.  Diversity and variety are key in the creation of anything, and eco developement is no exception.  One person alone cannot cover all the bases, and besides...the more minds the better.  It never hurts to have too much information (if that is even possible).  It is what you do with that information that matters!!!  So...who are these other people/specialists I'm talking about bringing in to help? Well, here is my favorite answer to many questions, especially within the permaculture mindset -- "it depends!"  It depends on step 1, on my observations.  Here are some possibilities though just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about: biologists, permaculture designers, plant ID specialists, numerous architects (green of course), locals (of course), my friends, and MOST importantly...people who might LIVE in that community/developement!  If you noticed, there is an "s" on the end of everything -- I am suggesting to always have more than 1 of everything/every specialist in this beginning stage of the process, which goes back to my point on valuing diversity.  Remember, these are just a few examples because... "it depends"!

Okay, and the 3rd step is: ...............IT DEPENDS.  There is no way to get to the next step before our collective observations and information have been gathered from step 2.  This determines everything.

 

I hope you find this helpful and that it creates great conversation around these matters

 

Once again janeAnne...a fabulous blog and question to get our minds going -- and to keep them alive!

Aug 01, 2008 03:47 AM
Bill Westel
Eco-Steward Realty - Asheville, NC
ECO

Janeanne:

One of my clients also used David from Equinox Environmental to develop some preliminary plans for her 14 acres that are  5 minutes from downtown Asheville. She and I were very impressed with the product that was delivered.

Aug 01, 2008 04:17 AM
ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779
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Rhodes!

My Goodness! What a fantastic comment. I would say it is a POST! It's OK by me if you do just that, as I can tell, you have  given an opinion from your heart...and that counts! THANKS so much for sharing....about " collective observations and information" gatheirng and sharing

Aug 02, 2008 05:48 AM
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CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com

Bill~

Glad to hear that your client has had the same experience as we have had with Equinox Environmntal. Thanks for letting us know, Bill.

Aug 02, 2008 05:49 AM
Rhodes Waite
Asheville, NC

janeAnne:

it was your great post that inspired my detailed comment that, you're right, it did come from my heart.  Thanks again for your creative posts!

Aug 06, 2008 07:20 AM