RoTo Architects has worked with a number of ranchers and farmers, in Montana and Hawaii, exploring alternative planning and business strategies to conventional subdivision land development. Employing principles of conservation land planning combined with sustaining the lands ecological infrastructure while proposing a new economic feasibility by strategically intensifying land use and placement of Architectural Concepts.
On 135 acres of spring fed farmland, we developed a concept for re-purposing a farm, creating an alternative to the conventional housing subdivisions. This project's intentions are preservation of open space, enhancement of the watershed, and creation of a community of mixed socioeconomic conditions achieved with the design of site specific dwellings and structures whose density and massing would complement the character of their place and the forms of the natural landscape. It is zoned incorporating the existing natural components of the land, as well as those to be reclaimed, such as the currently drained wetlands. Our work plan identifies sources of pre-development funding and strategies for habitat conservation and conservation easement investment incentives.