A Low Environmental Impact Project
Special to NHOME
The Carbon Companies today said its plans for Legacy at Cibolo, a luxury high-end retail and residential mixed-use development in Boerne, encompass the most low-impact use for the 26.6-acre property.
The developer also announced they have renamed the property, formerly called The Village at 17 Herff, as a lasting tribute to the pristine beauty of Cibolo Creek, which the project borders. “We are steadfastly committed to maintaining the integrity and native beauty of this amazing site, and ensuring the preservation of Cibolo Creek and the surrounding environment,” said The Carbon Companies Chief Executive Officer Edmund H. Garahan. “Approval of our zoning request will allow for the space necessary to implement critical low-impact development concepts that are part of our company-wide “Green Initiative,” resulting in the most low-impact use of this extraordinarily beautiful, pristine property, which we know is revered by the people of Boerne.”
Garahan said The Carbon Companies is pursuing multiple strategies aimed at being environmentally sensitive in developing the property and respecting the quality of life Boerne citizens now enjoy. The firm has hired a traffic consultant to study the site plan for Legacy at Cibolo to be sure everything possible is being done to minimize the increased traffic on Herff Road. The revised site plan also addresses citizens’ traffic concerns with the addition of a public street throughout the site to reduce traffic loads on Herff Road.
Furthermore, the new plan would reduce potential peak traffic counts per hour versus the variety of uses allowed under the current MU-1 (mixed use) zoning.
He also said the current zoning of the site, MU-1 requires developers to alter a portion of their original site plan from multifamily housing to commercial or retail use, or a combination of single-family and multi-family uses. Either option would hamstring the developers’ ability to control runoff and include low-impact, green features included in their original site plan. As a result, The Carbon Companies recently filed a zoning request asking the City of Boerne to designate a portion of the site RF-4 (residential use) to allow for multi-family housing, which would afford the space necessary to reinstate numerous low-impact, green features into the site plan for Legacy at Cibolo.
These low-impact features would include multiple bio-retention features to remove contaminants and sedimentation from collected storm water, roadway and parking runoff. They would encompass approximately 11,000 square feet of space, are designed to San Antonio River Authority standards, and would remove a significant percentage of contaminants from the runoff. They would be aesthetically attractive, create natural habitats, and reduce water flow speed and bank erosion. Other site implementations by the developers include preserving undisturbed areas, installing native and adapted plant species to decrease irrigation consumption, and planting new vegetation along Cibolo Creek to protect and improve water quality.
Since the inception of its plans for Legacy at Cibolo, The Carbon Companies has fully engaged with both the City of Boerne and the Cibolo Nature Center and Farm as part of its commitment to protecting Cibolo Creek and surrounding areas, and creating a development that will enhance Boerne residents’ quality of life.
As a result of these discussions, they have already made numerous changes to development plans to make Legacy at Cibolo a low-impact project with respect to the environment. These changes, reflected in the current master plan, include reducing the height of the two southernmost buildings along Cibolo Creek from three stories to two and increasing the minimum building setback to at least 150 feet from the centerline of Cibolo Creek—an increase of 50 feet more than the previous plan provided and 50 feet more than the City of Boerne requires. The developer is also adding pervious pavers to the project.
Legacy at Cibolo is being jointly developed by The Carbon Companies and Thompson Realty Capital LLC, two Texas family-owned businesses that have been partnering to develop first-class residential and mixed-use communities in and around the greater San Antonio area for more than 10 years. They have designed Legacy at Cibolo to be a modern interpretation of historic Texas Hill Country architectural elements complementing the existing 20th century Herff home, which will be an integral part of the development
For more information, visit www.thecarboncompanies.com.