WHY

So why are the stakeholders interested in exploring a TND? There are a few things that we hold in common that have lead us to today:

1. Sense of place and history
2. Stewardship
3. Sustainability

1. Sense of place and history

We believe there is a lived wisdom in history. We respectfully learn from those that have gone before us rather than arrogantly ignore thousands of years of experience.

Winston Churchill famously said, “First we shape our buildings, then our buildings shape us.” The built environment has an impact on the quality and shape of our everyday lives.

We also believe that what wine, cheese and coffee makers call terroir, that set of special characteristics that geography, geology and climate of a certain place display in agricultural products, can also have a shaping effect on we humans.

We are interested in creating a community that is authentic and promotes human flourishing. A better way to more fully inhabit a place.

2. Stewardship

We wish to use the land wisely by maintaining and honoring the history of the place. Protecting the creeks, old pines and hardwood groves throughout the property by preserving green space and using light imprint techniques where development does occur.

Parking will be shared among uses that are complementary rather than creating seas of asphalt that go unused most of the time.

3. Sustainability

We are certainly supportive of sustainability initiatives as they are most commonly defined today – the trifecta of planet, people and profit. But maybe the simplest way to explain our collective approach is to say we are focused on generational work. Thinking beyond the next few minutes, hours, days, years and even our lifetimes. We want our work to be impactful on our children and their children. We believe a well designed community can assist in this work as well.

 

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