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    Conservation-Based Land Planning — Natural Resource Analysis

    Successful design requires understanding the special features and resources of a property as well as its relationship to the surrounding land and community.

    Pine and Swallow Environmental begins each project with an analysis of the environmental conditions and the natural resources on the site. The objective is to understand the ecology of the land and the ways that using the land will affect it. Some of the issues analyzed are described below. More...>>

    Profile Project
    Shepley Hill
    Conservation-Based Land Planning — Natural Resource Analysis
    Location: Groton, MA
    P&S worked with the Groton Conservation Trust and the estate of the land owner to design a limited development project to successfully protect 72 acres of woodlands. The protected property includes an extensive trail network where equestrian riding events continue to take place, two drumlin hills, and an historically and ecologically important soapstone quarry.

    Profile Project
    West Throne Estates
    Conservation-Based Land Planning — Natural Resource Analysis
    Location: Groton, MA
    Services: Subdivision Design and Regulatory Approval
    When a 70-acre property on Throne Hill in Groton was put up for sale, the Groton Land Foundation identified the fact that this was the last available wildlife corridor between approximately 1,500 acres of undeveloped land on Throne Hill and several hundred acres of protected land along the Squannacook River. Due to the ecological significance of the property the Foundation hired Pine and Swallow Environmental to design a limited development project to pay for the cost of purchasing the property. After a wildlife expert evaluated the property, P&S designed a twelve lot subdivision in a portion of the property where ecological impacts were minimal. P&S then carried out the permitting process to obtain both local and state approvals. The project yielded sufficient return to cover all costs and to purchase additional land for permanent protection.

    Representative Land Use Planning Projects

    Mixed Use Village Design, Groton, MA
    Designed a new village area including commercial and business uses, 240 single family and condominium housing units and protection measures for sensitive conservation lands on a 560 acre tract. Presented plans to a Town Meeting for Concept Plan approval. Coordinated and reviewed Environmental Impact Report and Definitive Subdivision Plan of property.

    Groton Woods Subdivisions
    Designed three linked, abutting subdivisions with 117 lots on 300 acre tract. Final design included construction of a pond to serve as the focal point for subdivision. The pond also provided a source of gravel for road construction and mitigated increases in runoff. Final design also included a trail system connecting all parts of the subdivision to a block of protected conservation land. P&S coordinated and reviewed engineering.

    Brookfield Village
    Designed 30 unit multifamily development including subsidized housing component. Design included two coordinated clusters of units with views over common areas and reclaimed pond. Coordinated and reviewed site engineering.

    Maple Hill Farm Subdivision
    Analyzed previously approved 20 lot subdivision obtained by bank in foreclosure. Recommended steps to be taken to protect property interests and modifications of design to lower construction costs, improve marketability of properties, and reduce environmental impacts.

    McLain's Woods Subdivision
    Designed 12 lot subdivision on parcel with environmentally sensitive wetland and wildlife areas. Located special house sitings and designed trail network connecting houses, common field area and conservation area.

    Orchard Lane Subdivision
    Designed 6 lot subdivision on hillside with spectacular views. Coordinated and reviewed engineering and wetland issues including wildlife study for brook crossing.

    Boston Road Commercial Development
    Designed 30,000 square foot commercial development to create village effect by organizing buildings around central common serving as the site focus. Prepared site grading plans and carried out drainage design.

    Deer Run Park Professional Office Development
    Designed office park for 70,000 square feet of professional office space with central outdoor courtyard. Presented Concept Plan to Town Meeting for required re-zoning.

    Additional Recent Land Planning Projects
    Still Meadow:
    cluster development to protect field and endangered species habitat
    Baddacook Fields: development with views of new field area, while protecting pond and critical habitat
    Mill Run Place: 60,000 SF commercial development
    Deerhaven: 27 lot development protecting fields and riverfront area
    40 acre property in Carlisle: protection of critical wooded habitat area
    140 acre property in Groton: limited development on historic landscape area