A Conservation Development is defined by the Urban Land Institute as a land development project where at least 60% of the natural land is preserved in perpetuity and managed under an ongoing stewardship program. There are three primary motivations for purchasing land in a Conservation Development:

1. To live in a protected pristine and natural setting
  Land within Striped Rock Preserve is protected from further development, major clearing and degradation by a Conservation Easement held by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy (A non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation). This ensures that the appearance and integrity of the land within the Preserve stays beautiful and full of wildlife, consistent with the conditions of the easement.
2. To help protect the natural environment
  This type of development provides an alternative model to conventional rural lot sprawl. Rather than subdividing natural lands into 5 and 10 acre lots resulting in the degradation of natural systems and wildlife, a Conservation Development builds dramatically fewer homes, and preserves valuable woodlands, wetlands, ridgelines and habitat by placing it under a Conservation Easement for protection.
3. To protect your investment and land value
  The overlaying Conservation Easement helps maintain high home and property value by offering high quality, controlled natural living environments to the highly discriminating, environmentally oriented buyer. Striped Rock Ranch is oriented to the resident that wants to be more in touch with Mother Nature and prefers a more sustainable, land living environment. Part of the higher value of living in a Conservation Development come from greater certainty that the pristine setting will be preserved through a Conservation Easement that restricts the use of the land and avoids practices detrimental to its natural character and aesthetic quality. Conservation Developments typically have great views, natural open space and preserved wildlife – elements valuable to many buyers regardless of environmental persuasion.
A number of projects pioneering this concept are in various stages of planning and development across the country. Deweese Island, SC, Prairie Crossing, IL, Rancho San Carlos, CA, Ecovillage, NY are but a few.

How Does a Conservation Development Work?

  When someone buys a conservation parcel within Striped Rock Ranch they become a part of the Striped Rock Conservation Preserve. Each parcel has at least one designated home site of 2 acres each. The rest of a parcel lies within a Conservation Zone that is governed by certain restrictions of use consitent with good land stewardship and preservation of the natural ecology. Each parcel owner has unfettered access to their entire parcel and can use and enjoy their land to the extent such activities are consistent with the goals of the preserve (for instance large scale clearing and grading outside of the homesite area would be prohibited). Parcel owners within the Ranch may also have limited access to the 250 acre Core Preserve located in the southern reaches of the Ranch.

Details on the Conservation Easement and the role of its stewardship by Sierra Foothill Conservancy are available on request.