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John Rolfe Square

John Rolfe Square

HG was tasked early in the development process for this 55+ community in western Henrico to assist with rezoning. This process required creating illustrative exhibits to convey the clients intentions. To help the County planning commissioner and board of supervisor member understand our client’s vision, HG produced a bird’s eye flythrough video that took the viewer through the neighborhood in real time. It was a huge part of securing the desired zoning proffer changes requested. In addition, HG also met numerous times with adjacent property owners to address their concerns with stormwater runoff and landscape buffering. Charlene made a presentation to concerned citizens regarding plans for enhanced stormwater management practices both during and after construction. The case was passed unanimously by the planning commission and board of supervisors, with adjacent neighborhood support.

Additionally, during the land planning phase, HG had to solve the need for level home sites being placed on a rolling topography on a very tight land area due to this being an infill site. HG navigated a very challenging slope to accommodate the home sites while eliminating the need for expensive walls via stepping the homes as needed and adding walk out basements to take up the grade. Through clever layout of house pad sites and land sculpting, we were able to steppe the homes with the land, while still creating a cohesive neighborhood vibe. Without our innovation, the original zoning submittal had 25’ tall walls holding up the home sites at the rear of the property, and HG was able to substantially lower expense to the owner.

HG also created a central park amenity for all homeowners to congregate and enjoy company of friends and neighbors. A pedestrian path system made up of concrete sidewalks and mulched trails connects the community as a whole.

By providing amenity design options based on good, better, best, the client was able to make a decision balancing between producing a return for its investors while still designing a community with elegant amenities to attract the target market. Landscape architecture was a key component to creating beauty and function for homebuyers.

LOCATION: Henrico County, VA
CLIENT: Eagle Construction of Virgina
DATES: Start: 2015

Completion: Under construction

DISCIPLINES: Landscape Architecture
TEAM: David Gerstenmaier, PLA, Charlene Harper, PE

Tags:

55+ community, Community Landscape Design, County Planning, Henrico, Illustrative exhibits, Landscape Architecture, landscape buffering, Planning & Zone, Stormwater Management