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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