Urban Development with Reforestation for Seven Hills Properties (Greg Rocca)
I obtained site approval for the developer of a Walgreen’s store which had been experiencing heavy opposition from City Staff and the Planning Commission in Morgan Hill. The reversal was accomplished by proposing a landscaping design for the parking lot that will develop into a California Native Oak Forest, which, at “climax” development in a few decades, will have trees whose foliage “crowns” will touch each other, so that the entire parking lot will transform into a forest. The project required much attention to horticultural detail, such as drafting an easement to be recorded against the property which will require the present owners, and all future owners, to engage in special growth and maintenance programs to (1) assure development of the trees into the contemplated forest, and (2) protect against the hazard of “sudden limb drop,” which can occur in oak trees. At little added expense, the developer will now be reforesting Morgan Hill at the same that he paves it over, and may see economic value added to his site through the increased customer draw which it is anticipated the forest will give the store.
- Date:May 14, 2017
- Tags:photography, agency, creative
- Project Type:Multipurpose Template