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SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

The following selected projects represent our experience in “best sustainable development practices”. 

Three Canyons, Patagonia, AZ
This 2000 acre project is planned as a conservation subdivision for 200 residences, including a “Green Barn” community center and a constructed wetland wastewater facility.  A 60 home clustered neighborhood, oriented around a community garden and pedestrian pathway, is at the core of the project.  Approximately 80% of the site will remain as natural open space under a conservation easement, with a Community Stewardship Organization (CSO) to manage the open space easement and community facilities.

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Sycamore Canyon, Tucson, AZ
This 1600 acre project is the only major development approved by Pima County that lies within the Biological Core of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.  The planned community takes a different approach towards using development as a regenerating tool to achieve the potential of the biological resources of the site.  This includes restoration of the riparian areas and enhancement of the endangered species habitat that occur on-site.  The 1300 residences in the community consist of six neighborhoods situated around a village center.  Through a design that includes clustered live/work units, an extensive pathway system, community gardens, and civic and retail services, it provides the opportunity for residents to live, work and stay within the community. 

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Armory Park del Sol, Tucson, AZ
CommunityByDesign was the land planner for this 14 acre infill project of 99 homes adjoining the Armory Park Historic District.  Modeled after the Ahwahnee design principles, this project encompasses sustainability practices through pedestrian-orientation, solar applications, thermal mass building materials, and water harvesting applications.   All the homes built on this site incorporate active solar applications through photovoltaic systems that achieve a “Net-Zero” energy certification.

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Civano Specific Plan, Tucson, AZ
CommunityByDesign prepared the Development Regulations and Standards for Civano, a prototype sustainable community with stringent environmental and conservation goals, which are designed with new urbanism principles.  We developed regulations and zoning requirements that reduced vehicular parking requirements, decreased street widths, reduced building setbacks, and increased building heights.  The regulations also increased bicycle parking requirements, landscaping requirements, pedestrian paths, and require the use of “green” building materials.  The objective was to create a set of zoning regulations that apply sustainable development principles.

Milagro CoHousing Community, Tucson, AZ
CommunityByDesign prepared the land use plan and rezoning for a non-profit organization, the Community for Ecological Living.  The 43 acre site plan is for a clustered co-housing residential development in which 75% of the site will remain as natural open space.  The organization is comprised of individuals and families seeking alternative housing developments and structuring the community towards a more pedestrian/neighborhood-based lifestyle.  The design features of this community include peripheral parking, “streetless” front yards, a Common House for sharing meals and resources, a community garden and water harvesting, and greywater use systems.  “Green building” techniques and architecture include including rammed earth, straw bale, and adobe building materials.
                                                                                   
Adobes del Bosque Residential Neighborhood, Tucson, AZ
This is a nine acre residential project in the City of Tucson.  The development includes 20 adobe single-family homes integrated into the Old Fort Lowell Historic District.  The land plan incorporates a Conservation Easement on a historic irrigation ditch that protects the last remnant of the area’s mesquite bosque.  The intent of the easement is to preserve, as well as restore, the declining bosque through resource management and water harvesting from the homes and streets in the project.  The project also includes a trail linkage to the Rillito River.

Commissary Compound, Tucson, Arizona

The old Ft. Lowell Commissary Compound was planned for residential development in this historic area.  Key to the plan was the preservation of the original adobe commissary and officers’ quarters and the historic courtyard.  Three residences were planned for the historic structures, with nine more homes set on the grounds surrounding the compound. 

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Sycamore Canyon, Tucson, AZ

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