Habitat Trails
Rogers, Arkansas
University of Arkansas Community Design Center

This 17-unit, low-impact, 5-acre residential development of single-family homes and duplexes aspires to create an ecological development model that reduces conventional construction and infrastructure costs. Obtaining 30 zoning variances, planners preserved one third of the site for public space and incorporated water-treatment infrastructure, including bioswales, infiltration trenches, sediment filter strips, green streets, and a wet meadow. By eliminating the need for curb, gutter, catchments, and pipes, road cost was reduced from $450 to $250 per linear foot. With volunteer labor, housing construction costs averaged $60 per square foot.

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