Hartland, Hamburg developments highlighted in planning resource book

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RuralByDesign.091154The 2015 second edition of “Rural by Design Planning for Town and Country” by Randall Arent (first published in 1994) features two Livingston County developments — Dunham Lake Estates in Hartland Township, and Hunter’s Pointe in Hamburg Township — as examples of creative open-space planning.

The orginial 1994 edition contained a description of Livingston County Planning’s PEARL (Protecting the Environment, Agriculture, and the Rural Landscape) initiative of the 1990s. Text described County Planning’s model open space zoning ordinance and accompanying technical assistance guide books, samples of the surveys conducted to identify the kind of rural subdivision layout most desired, and a case study of the greenbelt design of Dunham Lake Estates in Hartland Township.

The 2015 edition updates Livingston County’s open-space planning efforts, explains how Dunham Lake Estates in Hartland Township challenges conventional thinking about lakefront development, and adds a new residential case study of Hunter’s Pointe open space planning subdivision in Hamburg Township. The case study includes beautiful color site plan drawings and photos of Hunter’s Pointe, similar to, but more in depth than the case study of Hunter’s Pointe in Livingston County Planning’s Open Space Planning Guide Book.

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