Brookfield Residential Properties, Inc. (Brookfield) proposed development of Saranac, an exclusive gated community with Arts & Crafts-style architecture reminiscent of the Adirondack Mountain region. The development includes sustainable siting of homes to meet the Northern Virginia need for human development goals while retaining the ability of natural systems to continue to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depend. The site is approximately 200- acres adjacent to Lake Manassas and includes significant reaches of stream, wetland acreage, a cemetery, and an active bald-eagle nest.
The integrated project team comprised of land surveyors, civil engineers, geotechnical engineers, cultural resource specialists, biologists, and client representatives worked together to identify, map and design the development in a way that reflected the team’s commitment to integrate culturally and ecologically sensitive areas into the development. Approximately 17 acres of wetland, 2,000 linear feet of stream, the on-site cemetery, and the eagle-nest management area were kept intact and actively protected during development to provide a cultural link to the local past, both terrestrial and aquatic ecological corridor integrity and linkages to avoid habitat fragmentation, and low impact water quality and quantity management.
Representatives from Whit Fox provided Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment; Wetland and Stream Delineation; Preservation Area Site Assessment; Clean Water Act permitting; extensive coordination with federal, state, and local agencies including the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; Construction Monitoring and Reporting; and Virginia Stormwater Management Act compliance.