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      DEVELOPERS ADDRESS NEW CHALLENGES IN THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF VERY LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENTS DESIGNED AS SELF-SUSTAINING COMMUNITIES

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      Journal of Green Building

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          “Attitudes toward the land must ultimately be based on attitudes toward life.”

          — Clarence Glacken

          “The map is never the territory”

          — Gregory Bateson

          INTRODUCTION

          This article is focused upon the learning and innovation that grow from the experience of pioneering the implementation of a large-scale (19,500 units) self-sustaining community plan on a large acreage ownership. Across the suburban and rural areas of the United States and especially in South Florida old family farmlands and ranches are passing from the generations who assembled and worked them to heirs who would prefer to sell the property for development. Kitson & Partners (K&P) was able to secure such a family ranch, the Babcock “Crescent B” Ranch, when attempts by the public and the State of Florida to purchase it were unsuccessful. The precedent K&P has set is to assure that approximately 90% of the 91,361 acres they purchased from the Babcock Family will be in various forms of public ownership at the end of the project. The purchase and subsequent below market price sale of the 73,471 acres to the State established Florida’s largest State Preserve, working ranch, single purchase, and public access to lakes and greenways. This was a formidable accomplishment and sets a new precedent and model for land management and conservation.

          The purchase of the Babcock Ranch completed a publicly owned or leased wildlife corridor that stretches from Lake Okeechobee westward to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. This corridor extends more than halfway across the state.

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            Journal
            jgrb
            Journal of Green Building
            College Publishing
            1552-6100
            1943-4618
            1943-4618
            Fall 2007
            : 2
            : 4
            : 73-99
            Author notes

            1Senior Advisor for K&P, Professor Emeritus Florida Gulf Coast University (retired). bhammond@ 123456kitsonpartners.com .

            2Senior Advisor on Energy and Planning K&P, former Associate Dean of Architecture, Florida A&M University.

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            jgb.2.4.73
            10.3992/jgb.2.4.73
            ©2007 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

            Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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            Pages: 27
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