Southwest view from Silver Creek
Young Ranch is a Conservation Community, an emerging new concept that
balances development with species and open space protection to achieve
both economic and environmental sustainability.
The Young Ranch community will preserve over 90% of the total acreage, 1,950 acres of sensitive natural habitat referred to as “the Preserve.” A rural residential community is clustered on the remaining 8% of the property, which provides the economic engine to pay for the conservation of the Preserve.
The process of planning for a Conservation Community begins with a comprehensive study of the land to determine where not to develop. This analysis involves extensive mapping of environmental and cultural resources and defining areas with high resource values which should be set aside for permanent preservation. Since 2008, the owners of Young Ranch have worked with biologists to conduct a scientific inventory of the habitat on its property and determine which areas are most critical to the protection of the endangered Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (BCB). These are the lands that make up the Preserve at Young Ranch.
This rural community is designed to honor the site’s ranching heritage and California grassland landscape while taking advantage of the views and setting to create a strong connection to the land. The design of all buildings and landscaping will reflect the region’s architectural traditions while preserving what makes this site so special.
A thoughtful set of Design Guidelines will ensure that the design of homes within this community is
sensitively integrated into the rural landscape and follow state-of-the-art sustainability principles.
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