Yoko Village is downsizing (to fit more in!)
But as with all beautiful things, time has only revealed the many complex layers that exist within it.
Regenerative development: Yoko Village’s environmental impact mitigation strategy
The pillars of regenerative development are environment, society, economy, culture, politics, and spirituality. A successful transition from degenerative development to regenerative development is achieved when all aspects of the development enhance and regenerate the pillars rather than degrade them.
Yoko Village has goals of implementing these concepts into its development by taking a holistic approach to the design, construction, and operation of the community. We plan to achieve this by considering the impact of each of the decisions we make on the systems that uphold this project and attempt to implement solutions that regenerate our environment, society, economy, culture, politics, and spirituality rather than degrade them.
The challenges of when forestry meets design
Our engineers have just finished the forest survey and topography maps of the land, and the results are posing challenges to the distribution and density of the community.
There are segments of the property where we had initially planned to build that have high slopes combined with a high tree density, which also represent important drainage paths. The team is evaluating all sustainable alternatives and thus recommending not to build on land that has a slope greater than 70% (the purple areas) and high tree coverage. By doing so, we are minimizing risk to our infrastructure and home site to guarantee our future community is safe and in tune with our land and its ecosystems. The drainage paths inside Yoko Village form part of an important watershed, reason for which erosion mitigation and control is a high priority.
At the moment, Yoko Village is being reconfigured to optimize lot size and home site placement without sacrificing regard for the precious natural systems that we come here to appreciate.
One possible solution is to downsize from 80 units to 48. This would allow us to offer more to our community: higher quality of life, more privacy, and more integration into the natural environment.
The light at the end of the road
This process involves the best construction practices approach and green infrastructure design incorporating slope analysis, minimization of earthworks, implementation of bioswales and other semi-natural stormwater management infrastructure.
Where are we now?
We must approach the timeline with a sense of “Pura Vida”, and understand that in order for our homes to be perfectly in tune with nature, they are first at the mercy of her.
That said, our goal is to deliver Phase 3 homes within the projected time frame of late 2022 to early 2023.
With Phase III up and running, our required financial commitment has risen to $50,000 to help facing the challenge posed by the latest updates on units downsizing.