At a Glance
The enhancement of ecological function and value are integrated into a master plan for an 85-acre retirement community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Biohabitats was a key member of a team tasked with creating an illustrative landscape master plan for the 85-acre campus of Kendal at Lexington, a not-for-profit Life Plan Community. The plan, which focuses on both sustainability and ease of maintenance, integrates the enhancement of ecological function.
In order to characterize ecological conditions and better understand the site within the context of regional ecology, Biohabitats conducted an ecological assessment, both within and beyond the property boundaries. This included desktop analysis, field reconnaissance, and an initial regulatory review of available as-built information related to wetland, forest, and stormwater management. Biohabitats then identified opportunities for conservation, ecological restoration, improved management and maintnenace practices, and environmental education. Participation in a stakeholder charrette to explore those opportunities also occured.
Guided by feedback provided at the charrette, Biohabitats summarized ecological opportunities and constraints and recommended areas most suitable for conservation, development, and active open space programming.
Climate Change, Community, Conservation, Ecological Restoration, Water
Kendal at Lexington
Lexington, Virginia, United States