Greening Development Site Location, Review and Design   

Planning staff and advisory boards can “green” the development review process by:

  • Using conservation data to evaluate development proposals
  • Advising applicants on how to design wildlife-friendly development projects
  • Integrating wildlife friendly development practices into ordinances

 

Developers, consultants, and engineers can “green” site design by:

  • Consulting conservation data
  • Mapping and protecting priority habitats
  • Using wildlife friendly development practices

See Section 6 of the Handbook for more details

Wildlife Friendly Development Practices

Wildlife-friendly development practices are site design and management techniques that protect important habitats during the development process.

Wildlife-friendly development practices include:

  • Protecting wide buffers around streams for water quality and wildlife habitat
  • Protecting wide upland buffers around wetlands and vernal pools to sustain salamander, turtle, and frog habitat
  • Managing stormwater on-site
  • Creating wildlife-friendly landscapes with native plants
  • Permanently protecting a connected network of important habitats on site
  • Creating wildlife corridors to connect protected areas on site to important habitats outside the development
  • Creating plans to properly steward protected natural areas over the long term
  • Providing environmental education kiosks and materials for homeowners

Harmony, Florida
Over half of this central Florida development has been set aside as a nature preserve, which is actively managed for preservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat.  Harmony has on staff a well qualified “Conservation Director,” who guides conservation and management activities in this planned community.  The developer also partnered with the University of Florida’s Wildlife Extension department to develop an environmental education website and outreach programs for residents.

 

Creston, North Carolina
Located near Black Mountain, the Creston Development has placed 40% of the project area under a conservation easement with Foothills Land Conservancy, a local land trust.  The protected areas will be actively stewarded by land trust staff.

Wildlife Friendly Development Certification
The Wildlife Friendly Development Certification Program is a green-growth initiative launched last fall by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the N.C. Wildlife Federation and the N.C. chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects to formally recognize developments that meet sufficient criteria that assess wildlife habitat conservation and the use of environmental construction practices for residential developments.