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Presentation by Kelly Gutshall, RLA at the Loudoun HOA Forum: Common Space for the Greater Good on March 10, 2016

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Multi-tasking Landscapes

  1. 1. Kelly Gutshall, RLA. March 10, 2016 HOA Forum: Common Space for the Greater Good Loudoun County | Algonkian Regional Park Woodlands Conference Center | Sterling, VA Multi-tasking Landscapes
  2. 2. Why is Protecting Water Resources Important? We all live downstream…..
  3. 3. Why is Protecting Water Resources Important? Water is the basis of land use
  4. 4. Why is Protecting Water Resources Important? Water as the basis of vegetation and diversity
  5. 5. Water is vital for basic health, safety and welfare…… Why is Protecting Water Resources Important?
  6. 6. What happened to our natural landscapes? Loudoun County
  7. 7. Loudoun County - 1957
  8. 8. Loudoun County - 2015
  9. 9. How do we protect and improve Water Resources …. Functional Natural Landscapes
  10. 10. Single Function Multiple Function
  11. 11. Multi-tasking Landscape
  12. 12. Multi-tasking Landscape
  13. 13. Multi-tasking Landscape
  14. 14. Lititz Run Watershed How can a community improve water quality?
  15. 15. Lititz Loudoun
  16. 16. 1953 Image of LititzLititz, Lancaster County - 1950
  17. 17. Butterfly Acres Rock Lititz New Street Park Banta Farm Lititz, Lancaster County - 2015
  18. 18. Butterfly Acres
  19. 19. Butterfly Acres
  20. 20. Butterfly Acres - Before
  21. 21. Butterfly Acres - After
  22. 22. Butterfly Acres Rock Lititz New Street Park Banta Farm Lititz, Lancaster County - 2015
  23. 23. New Street Park
  24. 24. New Street Park - Before
  25. 25. New Street Park - After
  26. 26. Butterfly Acres Rock Lititz New Street Park Banta Farm Lititz, Lancaster County - 2015
  27. 27. Banta Farm
  28. 28. Banta Farm
  29. 29. Banta Farm - Before
  30. 30. Banta Farm - After
  31. 31. Butterfly Acres Rock Lititz New Street Park Banta Farm Lititz, Lancaster County - 2015
  32. 32. Rock Lititz
  33. 33. Rock Lititz
  34. 34. Rock Lititz
  35. 35. Rock Lititz
  36. 36. How it all began....”A Community Improving It’s Water Quality”
  37. 37. Over 30 projects implemented and continuing
  38. 38. • Re-designated a Cold Water Fishery (CWF), upgraded from its previous designation as a Warm Water Fishery (WWF) in 2008. • Over 7 miles of stream and riparian corridor restored. • Over 20 acres of wetlands have been created to reduce flooding and improve water quality. • Hundreds of community residents have volunteered their time and contributed money to help in the restoration effort. • Warwick School District and Millersville University integrated education curriculum related to the watershed. • MS4 Permit Compliance already achieved • First Critical Aquifer Recharge Area (CARA) restoration in Pennsylvania. • First regional water quality facility in Pennsylvania Measurable Results – 15 years
  39. 39. Where it all began….$5,000 investment
  40. 40. Lititz Run Riparian Park
  41. 41. Little Conestoga Watershed
  42. 42. Watershed Action Plan
  43. 43. Community Engagement
  44. 44. Prioritization of Opportunities Concept Plans
  45. 45. Functional Natural Landscapes
  46. 46. Industry Standard - Landscaping for aesthetics not function
  47. 47. • Water Quality Regulations – NPDES • Native Plant Availability • Chesapeake Bay Initiatives • Stormwater Management & Infiltration The Catalysts for Change
  48. 48. • Education • Involvement • Expectations • Incremental Approach • Design • Engage the Lawn Care or Landscape Contractor What can homeowners do?
  49. 49. Education
  50. 50. Involvement
  51. 51. Higher Cost– mulched bed with container planting Lower Cost - seeded meadow with container planting Expectations
  52. 52. Expectations
  53. 53. Before Incremental Approach
  54. 54. After Incremental Approach
  55. 55. Design Involvement
  56. 56. Engaging the Lawn Care or Landscape Contractor
  57. 57. The Homes at Wyncote – golf course community Grandview Chase – common open space Hillrise – urban lower income housing development Creekside – conventional 1980’s Planned Unit Development Oakmont –5 HOA’s within one hillside community experiencing experiencing severe drainage issues Landis Homes – retirement community with a sustainable living living environment Examples:
  58. 58. The Homes at Wyncote The Challenge: Blending a conventional 1 acre lot development into an existing golf course.
  59. 59. The Homes at Wyncote
  60. 60. • Implementing lot by lot caused consistency issues in maturity of the meadows • Enforcement of the guidelines and original intent • Consistent maintenance by the Golf Course worked well Lessons Learned:
  61. 61. Creekside The Challenge: The serial mowers ….. How to encourage Community support and provide flexibility.
  62. 62. • On-going Technical Support – for community representative is critical • Flexibility of Implementation – it was crucial to the success of this project • Maintenance – long term maintenance has been transferred back to the lawn care company Lessons Learned:
  63. 63. Oakmont The Challenge: One Community and 5 HOA’s ….. one common issue, drainage and erosion.
  64. 64. • Engineering - to size drainage facilities properly was critical • Slow and Steady Progress – for long term solutions as alternative to short term fixes. • Showcase Areas - one of the HOA’s has leadership that understood the investment for long term and implemented projects which provide examples for rest of the community. Lessons Learned:
  65. 65. Lancaster Residence The Challenge: Residential Stormwater Management
  66. 66. Lancaster ResidenceLancaster Residence PA Stormwater Manual BMP 6.7.4
  67. 67. Lancaster ResidenceLancaster Residence Post Construction – September 2011
  68. 68. Lancaster ResidenceLancaster Residence September 2011 Storms – 18” + in 2 week period
  69. 69. Lancaster ResidenceLancaster Residence Early October 2011
  70. 70. Lancaster ResidenceLancaster Residence June 2014
  71. 71. Lessons learned: • Client - understood regional value of the proposed restoration. • First Floodplain and Stream Restoration used for Stormwater Management in PA • Aesthetics is as important at function – the top of slope delineates the transition between naturalized and manicured landscape Lessons Learned:
  72. 72. Landis Homes The Challenge: restoring a floodplain as an alternative to conventional stormwater management
  73. 73. Landis Homes Floodplain Restoration
  74. 74. Landis Homes Floodplain Restoration (SWM) Facility
  75. 75. Landis Homes Floodplain Restoration
  76. 76. Economic EcologyEconomic Ecology
  77. 77. Landis Homes Floodplain Restoration
  78. 78. Landis Homes Floodplain Restoration
  79. 79. Kelly Gutshall, RLA. March 10, 2016 HOA Forum: Common Space for the Greater Good Loudoun County | Algonkian Regional Park Woodlands Conference Center | Sterling, VA Question

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