Chacras del Sauce

Aerial entranceGoals
Create a new settlement maintaining the rural character of the area.
Create a unique “sense of place” that allows for a memorable rural experience
Create a sustainable new community.
Maintain the rural character of the area to provide for wildlife habitat.
Minimize environmental impact of new structures.
Manage traffic effects using calming measures as appropriate
Incorporate existing trees and native forests into defined opens spaces, pedestrian connections and a central space.

Design Strategies
Manage building form, design and scale through rules, standards and guidelines achieve a built environment where rural/open space character dominates.
Develop design codes to ensure new development exhibits a “rural village” character.
Install underground utilities in order to minimize their visual effect.

Landscape and Open Space
Include drought tolerant species to reduce the need for watering.
Create an open and “wide” streetscape reflecting a “rural village” settlement
Create a central open space connected to smaller open spaces in order to provide a unique rural experience.
Incorporate roads with reduced travel lanes to encourage reduced vehicle speeds.
Design edge conditions so that they provide a clear visual relationship between specific streets and site areas.

Buildings Siting and Configuration
Consider visual and acoustic privacy and address issues relating to flexibility of design, building lifecycle adaptability in a design manual.
Establish control materials to ensure that new buildings are constructed from a range of materials that reflect the rural character of the area.
Require generous minimum rear, front and side setbacks.
Require significant tree and other planting along front yards, within front/rear yards and between buildings to match the rural character of the original site and to provide a habitat for wildlife.
Restrict solid front yard fences.
Layout lots and design buildings to minimize earthworks. Shallow plan form for dwellings to maximize solar penetration and careful consideration of location of rooms to minimize energy use by dwellers.
Design building to have a high thermal mass and to incorporate very high standards of insulation to retain heat in winter and remain cool in summer.
Integrate solar water heating devices into the building design.
Consider green roofs to reduce the volume and rate of runoff.

Manage stormwater runoff using on site controls.
Avoid clearcutting of sites, minimize disturbance of soils across sites, and minimize removal of all natural vegetation
Reuse soils wherever possible to preserve non-renewable natural resources.
Incorporate infiltration trenches, biofiltration streams, roadside swales, underground storage and rain gardens with the intent of absorbing 90% of the total annual rainfall and to reduce runoff volumes, peak rates and pollutants
Reduce impervious surfaces using permeable pavements and pavers, and structural soils.
138 lots type A (average size 17,000 square feet)
59 lots type B (average size 44,000 square feet)
10 suites hotel + 1 meeting room + 1 tennis court
Maximum allowable impervious surface: 10%

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