Architect pitches ‘green’ subdivision to Park BoardDickinson architect Dennis Hulsing said he has an innovative way to bring back a sense of community to Dickinson.
Dickinson architect Dennis Hulsing said he has an innovative way to bring back a sense of community to Dickinson.
Hulsing’s contracting firm, CA Contracting, Inc., is in the final stages of planning a green, family friendly, affordable subdivision on approximately 20 acres of land near Eighth Avenue Southwest, Fifth Street Southwest and South State Avenue.
“I think the design is really cool,” said Dickinson Park Board member Scott Kovash, at a meeting Friday morning at West River Community Center.
Board members discussed the subdivision at the meeting because of its proximity to the West River Community Center and also to determine whether or not they would consider helping maintain a nature trail within the
No decision was made.
Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jason Hanson said what makes the subdivision different than others in town is that it will have a housing association, garden plots, and a walking trail.
“So it is greener than other areas of town,” Hanson said.
He added the Planning and Zoning Commission will be presented a final plat next month and then it will go to the City Commission.
Lora Petrie, an associate with Hulsing Corp., said the design is inspired by nature, specifically plant structure.
Hulsing said in the subdivision there is one major winding street with smaller streets ending in turnabouts branching off of it.
Petrie said the design, along with the creation of a housing association, will encourage people to get to know their neighbors, thus creating a better sense of community.
Some other things that make the design unique is the use of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Neighborhood Development principles, the amount of green space/xeriscaping and the separation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
“Xeriscaping reduces the amount of energy and water it would normally take to maintain a person’s yard,” Petrie said. “Also it is our hope that some of the maintenance, such as mowing, snow removal and other things, will be taken care of by the housing association.”