Traville is a mixed-use project consisting of approximately 1.5 million square feet of research and development space, retail space, and a conference center with an adjoining lake. The project also includes 750 residential apartment units.
Traville was the first designated Special Protection Area (SPA) in Montgomery County. Located in the Piney Branch Watershed and adjacent to the Piney Branch stream, the County was concerned with the proposed development’s impact on water quality. Therefore, the site needed to be designed to address the SPA requirements, which were being developed as the project moved forward, including preservation of environmental resources such as high priority forest and wetlands. Simultaneously, Soltesz was designing a land use plan consist with the goals of a high density mixed-use zone with an impervious area limitation.
The Soltesz Solution
Soltesz took an active role in shaping the County’s SPA parameters and requirements. As trusted advisors able to balance the environmental concerns and the development’s needs, Soltesz designed a solution to meet the water quality goals for Piney Branch and to meet the density requirements of the developer. The areas for development were selected after careful consideration for protection of over 50 acres of forest that still met the client’s vision of creating a mixed-use land plan with emphasis of pedestrian circulation and interactivity between the land uses throughout the new community. Additionally, stormwater management facilities were integrated throughout the new community to meet the goals of the special protection area stormwater requirements, including dispersement of facilities, emphasis on recharge, impervious area, while meeting the density and land use objectives outlines in the MxN zone and associated Development Plan.