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Hart’s Mill Village and Farm
Presentation to the
Orange County Board of Commissioners
May 26, 2015
Who We Are
• Local Triangle residents
• Singles, couples and families of all ages
• Professionals in education, business, ...
This is Our Future Home
• We are creating Hart’s Mill for ourselves;
we are not commercial developers
• Currently we have ...
Our Model
Hart’s Mill is being designed and organized in a
way that is different from a conventional
residential developme...
Guiding Principles
Social: create a diverse and collaborative
community
Environmental: restore and protect ecosystems
Econ...
Legal Structures
• Undivided ownership of all land & common facilities
• Active management by the community association
• ...
Dynamic Self Governance
• Developed in a business context to promote
transparency, equivalence and efficiency
• Increasing...
Village Plan
Village Site Plan Detail
Village Street
Energy:
An Integrated Approach
Reduce demand
• Superinsulated building envelopes
• Climate responsive design (solar, wind,...
Water Supply
Reduce domestic & irrigation demand
• Low-flow plumbing fixtures
• Rainwater catchment & design for infiltrat...
Farm and Woodland
Purposes
• Provide food & fiber for the community
• Practice & demonstrate restorative, sustainable
appr...
Hart’s Mill Village & Farm provides many benefits
to Orange County:
• Open space and farmland preservation
• Low-impact de...
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Public hearing presentation may 26, 2015

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Public hearing presentation may 26, 2015

  1. 1. Hart’s Mill Village and Farm Presentation to the Orange County Board of Commissioners May 26, 2015
  2. 2. Who We Are • Local Triangle residents • Singles, couples and families of all ages • Professionals in education, business, health, technology, farming, city planning, and the arts living independent and modern lives • Our desire is to create an old-fashioned neighborhood where people actually know each other and do things together
  3. 3. This is Our Future Home • We are creating Hart’s Mill for ourselves; we are not commercial developers • Currently we have about 45 members • We have a very personal long-term interest in creating a livable community • We want to be good neighbors
  4. 4. Our Model Hart’s Mill is being designed and organized in a way that is different from a conventional residential development, as distinguished by our: • Guiding principles • Legal structures • Governance method • Site plan design
  5. 5. Guiding Principles Social: create a diverse and collaborative community Environmental: restore and protect ecosystems Economic: adopt simpler, less expensive lifestyles and enable income-generating activities Service: become a model for others through example, education, and outreach
  6. 6. Legal Structures • Undivided ownership of all land & common facilities • Active management by the community association • At least 80% of homes will be owner occupied • Common ownership of up to 20% of homes for transition housing • Farm/forest operating agreements closely managed by the association • Conservation &/or farm preservation easements
  7. 7. Dynamic Self Governance • Developed in a business context to promote transparency, equivalence and efficiency • Increasingly being applied in cohousing communities • We have invested in community-wide training and ongoing consulting • Has proven to be a very effective method for organizing and achieving our goals
  8. 8. Village Plan
  9. 9. Village Site Plan Detail
  10. 10. Village Street
  11. 11. Energy: An Integrated Approach Reduce demand • Superinsulated building envelopes • Climate responsive design (solar, wind, humidity) • High efficiency equipment • Operational and lifestyle choices Produce energy onsite • Stand-alone and building-integrated photovoltaics • Solar hot water
  12. 12. Water Supply Reduce domestic & irrigation demand • Low-flow plumbing fixtures • Rainwater catchment & design for infiltration • Climate-sensitive landscape design • Lifestyle choices Provide for fire protection • Distributed small ponds to supplement hydrants • Access to large pond with standpipe • Keep option open for community well, if needed
  13. 13. Farm and Woodland Purposes • Provide food & fiber for the community • Practice & demonstrate restorative, sustainable approaches to agriculture and silvaculture • Provide employment opportunities on the land Characteristics • Small-scale, integrated plant & animal systems • Farmstead structures: barn, workshop, sheds, greenhouse, farmhouses • No onsite retail sales
  14. 14. Hart’s Mill Village & Farm provides many benefits to Orange County: • Open space and farmland preservation • Low-impact development that protects natural resources & reduces demand on infrastructure • Variety of efficient housing choices for all ages • Live/work opportunities • Innovative model for future development

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