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A Live, Work, Play Conservation Community Adds Public Safety to its Benefits

The “live-work-play” community of Lagoon Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, is literally and figuratively breaking ground with sustainable development concepts rarely found in the U.S. Located in the city of Vacaville, the visionaries at Triad Lagoon Valley LLC decided years ago to pursue a community that conserves natural resources and reduces its building footprint to not more than 15% of the total acreage within its Specific Plan Area. Through the preservation of extensive open space, the enhancement and creation of existing and new recreational parks, and biologically innovative conservation corridors and wetland preserves, they have reached that lofty goal.

The “live-work-play” community of Lagoon Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, is literally and figuratively breaking ground with sustainable development concepts rarely found in the U.S. Located in the city of Vacaville, the visionaries at Triad Lagoon Valley LLC decided years ago to pursue a community that conserves natural resources and reduces its building footprint to not more than 15% of the total acreage within its Specific Plan Area. Through the preservation of extensive open space, the enhancement and creation of existing and new recreational parks, and biologically innovative conservation corridors and wetland preserves, they have reached that lofty goal.

This achievement places Lagoon Valley in rarefied air as master-planned communities go. Coupled with their commitment to a self-sustaining community that will feature the potential to “live, work, and play” without ever leaving Lagoon Valley, this alone elevates the project to a uniquely exceptional level that few other communities have successfully attained. One might imagine that is enough of an outcome to justify taking a bow; but for Triad, the effects of climate change on natural disasters such as wildfires and flooding has prompted them to envision what Lagoon Valley can also do to assist with the public safety aspects of climate-induced wildfires and floods.

This achievement places Lagoon Valley in rarefied air as master-planned communities go. Coupled with their commitment to a self-sustaining community that will feature the potential to “live, work, and play” without ever leaving Lagoon Valley, this alone elevates the project to a uniquely exceptional level that few other communities have successfully attained. One might imagine that is enough of an outcome to justify taking a bow; but for Triad, the effects of climate change on natural disasters such as wildfires and flooding has prompted them to envision what Lagoon Valley can also do to assist with the public safety aspects of climate-induced wildfires and floods.

This achievement places Lagoon Valley in rarefied air as master-planned communities go. Coupled with their commitment to a self-sustaining community that will feature the potential to “live, work, and play” without ever leaving Lagoon Valley, this alone elevates the project to a uniquely exceptional level that few other communities have successfully attained. One might imagine that is enough of an outcome to justify taking a bow; but for Triad, the effects of climate change on natural disasters such as wildfires and flooding has prompted them to envision what Lagoon Valley can also do to assist with the public safety aspects of climate-induced wildfires and floods.

Other impacts of climate change include increasingly intense rainfall events that can quickly flood large land areas. Before Triad entered the scene, Lagoon Valley had experienced flooding numerous times over the years. The hydrologically and biologically innovative solution created by Triad’s team of experts is the inclusion of 156-acre-feet of storm water detention storage and wildlife habitat conservation areas within that same golf course that buffers against wildfires. How does one fit all of that within a 200+-acre area? Very carefully, obviously, and with painstaking attention to detail. With an eye toward equilibrium between golf safety and playability, landscaped basins that provide undisturbed habitat, storage capacity for 100-year flood events, and riparian conservation areas that will be managed and maintained by experts in perpetuity, Triad has conceived a way to accomplish its public safety goals.

Other impacts of climate change include increasingly intense rainfall events that can quickly flood large land areas. Before Triad entered the scene, Lagoon Valley had experienced flooding numerous times over the years. The hydrologically and biologically innovative solution created by Triad’s team of experts is the inclusion of 156-acre-feet of storm water detention storage and wildlife habitat conservation areas within that same golf course that buffers against wildfires. How does one fit all of that within a 200+-acre area? Very carefully, obviously, and with painstaking attention to detail. With an eye toward equilibrium between golf safety and playability, landscaped basins that provide undisturbed habitat, storage capacity for 100-year flood events, and riparian conservation areas that will be managed and maintained by experts in perpetuity, Triad has conceived a way to accomplish its public safety goals.

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