ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT:
Live Oak & Associates
Create a self-sustaining CDFG riparian woodland habitat on site; Maintain the character of the existing natural topography; Placement of the mitigation site be in areas least likely to be subject to disturbance in the future
Nestled in the foothills above San Jose, San Felipe Heritage Estates was developed next to the seasonal riparian corridor Desolation Creek. A plan was developed to provide open space for the new community and offset the habitat lose from the development. A section of the creek was cleared of invasives and planted with several large Sycamore trees. As a buffer to the native open space, native plants were installed along a walking path inside the new community of homes. During the planning process, ECI recognized a potential savings to the builder and redesigned the irrigation system. The new design ended up saving the developer $83,000 from the initial cost analysis. The installation of the habitat was completed in March 2013 and maintenance will continue through 2016.