From conceptual Master Planning to detailed construction documentation and engineering of systems such as alternative stormwater management and conscientious road designs, McKee Carson has worked with Qroe Farm Development to create a conservation community that will enjoy, protect and enhance the farm and its adjacent natural amenities. Lying lightly on the land the development takes advantage of the areas rolling pastures and open streams.
Beginning in 1969, The Nature Conservancy bought 14 of the islands as the core of the Virginia Coast Reserve in an effort to ward off huge development proposals that would have included marinas, bridges and condos. McKee Carson's work at Brickhouse Farm is intended to help the Nature Conservancy broaden its protection of this vital ecosystem. Working with our client, we are helping to assure that the land is placed under conservation easement and preserved long into the future.
Panorama Farms is a true example of farmland conservation. Comprising 1,038 acres, it is located along the South Fork of the Rivanna River and adjacent to the Rivanna Reservoir, the primary source of public potable water for Charlottesville/Albemarle County. Its owners, recognizing the futility of small farm cattle production at the time, elected to develop a small portion of the property into low-density residential use with the stipulation that such development would protect the reservoir through the use of low-impact development strategies and conservation easements.