Community

A sense of Place, a sense of Community.

Our intention with this development is to preserve and enhance the natural character of the property, and encourage healthy relationships between neighbours.

Community

Design Guidelines​

Architectural guidelines will require the location of each house within a designated general zone and essential construction site management practices to protect soil, water, vegetation and wildlife. The orientation of homes, their design for energy performance, use of resource conserving equipment, fixtures and appliances, etc will be important considerations. The areas of concern consider the entire property. The guidelines follow best practices such as found in the Sustainable Sites Initiative. See "Areas of Focus" and "Guidelines": http://www.sustainablesites.org/

Interested in a very energy efficient, well built, home? Consider Passive House construction. The Green Builder Inc, a member of Passive House Canada, have completed a number of projects in the Saskatoon area receiving wide press and public interest.  See www.thegreenbuilder.ca  These are high performance homes designed to use 80 to 90% less energy than the current building energy code. Why not live in an energy conserving, healthy home, having increased building life, low operating costs and now achievable at little to no increase in cost.  

(image above: A beautiful autumn view of south-oriented home on parcel G, with trees on north and west providing shelter from winter winds and shade from setting summer sun, fitting with the landscape.)

 

Community

A wiser way

The early intention for this development was for it to be a 'conservation subdivision' where houses are clustered and individual lots are smaller, to achieve efficiencies in servicing and most importantly to preserve at least half of the property as a shared conservation area, undeveloped, but available for all to enjoy and use. This would have also kept the approx. 20 ac of agricultural land in production. Current subdivision regulations in Blucher RM, however, do not permit this form of development in spite of its multiple benefits as an alternative development approach.  While there are no highest quality natural features such as riparian corridors to protect, the landscape of this property provides diverse habitat for flora and fauna. The property has its own beauty and character. The road was built following the early narrow access trail, reducing to a minimum the loss of trees. While the property may have accommodated more parcels, and could have been developed as min 2 ac parcels, this would have compromised the natural site features and the very character the former owners enjoyed so much. Nevertheless, the planned parcel layout with recommended home locations and the community conservation agreement will do much to protect the natural features and ecosystem functions.

(image above: Long eared owl watching out for her three chicks leaving the nest one summer.)

Community

Community

This is a development for those who enjoy nature, want to encourage healthy bird and wildlife habitats, who want to support more sustainable practices and live within their own space in a cooperative rural neighbourhood environment. Having a group of neighbours develop a sense of community when living on large acreage lots, is a challenge. An important part of this is to have residents that deeply appreciate nature and respect each other. Our expectation in developing this property is that there is a sizeable under-served cohort of rural residential home-seekers who will strongly support these objectives.

It is expected a form of resident association will develop possibly in conjunction with the water association that each lot owner will be part of.   Perhaps some shared amenities can be agreed on: for example a walking trail could be established along the perimeter of the overall property crossing each parcel and connecting to the road in places, or a community garden could be established where a property owner dedicates a small area for shared use.

There are great longtime neighbours along Daisy Lane, comprising a small rural residential district in this part of the municipality.

(image above: A few of the many hundreds of potted tree seedlings at the property nursery, for planting to shelter belts and groves.)