The Preserve at West Beach in Galveston is latest conservation community
for design/land planning firm
St. Charles – March 18, 2008 – Land Vision, Inc., a multi-disciplinary design and land planning firm with offices in St. Charles and Chicago, has created the plan for The Preserve at West Beach, a 1,058-acre preservation community in Galveston Island in Texas. Based on Land Vision’s plan, Marquette Land Investments (MLI) will set aside 361 acres for a nature preserve and conserve a total of 558 acres of land for open space.
In addition to open space preservation, the community will include about 4,000 homes, a 15-story resort hotel, an 18-hole golf course and a marina on 1,058 acres of former ranchland. The Preserve at West Beach is located on Galveston Island, a barrier island on the Texas Gulf about 50 miles southeast of Houston. The island boasts a variety of natural habitats such as beaches, dunes, prairies, and fresh and saltwater wetlands.
The developer, Chicago-based Marquette Land Investments (MLI), hired Land Vision to plan the preservation community. “Land Vision knows how to combine environmental sensitivity with expert planning,” says Darren Sloniger, managing partner of MLI. “They are creative, reliable and do an excellent job communicating with the stakeholders involved in the project.”
“The Preserve at West Beach is a pivotal project because it’s the last significant developable segment of the island,” says Charles Hanlon, founder and managing partner of Land Vision, Inc. “Incorporating the nature preserve into the development ensures the protection of wetlands and wildlife vital to the area’s identity.”
In an effort to preserve as much land as possible, both Marquette Land Investments and Land Vision, Inc. met with the Army Corps of Engineers; City of Galveston, Texas Parks and Wildlife; US Fish and Wildlife Services; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Texas EPA, TCEQ, as well as the General Land Office.
“We met with these agencies to build consensus as to what we are trying to do in the community,” says Hanlon. “By involving all these agencies in the process, we were able to develop a strategy that preserves both high quality wetlands and significant areas of tributary uplands. The developable footprints were established after the preserve areas were identified based on a detailed site analysis.”
Land Vision, Inc. has significant experience in planning communities promoting conservation. Serosun Farms, a 410-acre conservation and equestrian community west of Elgin in Kane County, will preserve three-quarters of its open space. Southeast of Serosun Farms, The Settlements at LaFox, a 1,247-acre community preserving over half of its open space, will combine neighborhood design with mixed-use retail and offices to provide residents with a walkable community fostering a “green” infrastructure.
About Land Vision, Inc.
Founded in 1991, Land Vision, Inc., is a multi-disciplinary professional services firm with two offices in St. Charles and Chicago. Land Vision provides land planning, town planning, design guidelines, entitlements, zoning, streetscape design, visioning programs and other planning services for clients desiring to create or maintain a sense of place in their community or development. Land Vision believes in creating development that is low-impact on the natural environment and high-value for the man-made environment.