Designing to Conserve
The Conservation Design Program

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Natural and cultural resources need not be obliterated by commercial and residential development.
Across our nation and throughout the Brandywine Valley, residential and commercial development is forever changing the face of the land. In our region, development often threatens highly valued natural and cultural resources. Such resources need not be lost

Conservation and growth can be integrated.
For more than 30 years, the Brandywine Conservancy has been contributing to early and appropriate planning-including designing for conservation within developments-in order to ensure the long-term protection of natural, historic, scenic and other community resources.

Getting involved with development is essential.
The Conservancy is directly involved in many aspects of the development process. Our Conservation Design Program offers services such as analysis of a development site's resources, evaluation of the development plan and its potential impacts, and suggestion of alternative design approaches.

We help municipalities and developers conserve land.
Conservation Design staff members work with municipalities confronted by development proposals. At the request of a municipality, Conservancy experts can also work directly with a developer. Acting as a consultant, the Conservancy creates designs that meet development objectives and protect community resources.

Inventory and analysis are critical steps.
Identifying natural and cultural resources is an integral component of Conservation Design. An appropriate site analysis documents how geology, topography, surface waters, vegetation, wildlife and historic resources interrelate as natural systems and as community resources. Design for open space and resource management can ensure their long-term conservation.

Conservation Design makes economic sense.
With smart planning that incorporates conservation, developers can reduce costs of building, infrastructure improvements, and environmental compliance or remediation. At the same time, communities reduce or avoid long-term expenses for maintenance and services-costs that are usually transferred to taxpayers. Growth is inevitable. By contributing to development plans early in the process, the Conservation Design Program helps avoid the high continuing costs that often accompany growth. We believe-and have proven repeatedly over decades-that wise planning can reduce the negative effects of sprawl.

For more information send email to emc@brandywine.org, call 610-388-2700,
or write to Brandywine Conservancy, P.O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

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