Texas Land Trust Council publication calls Allen project a “landmark development”
ALLEN (May 3, 2010) -- Montgomery Farm can add more recognition to its list of honors. Allen’s high profile
conservation development is one of 10 projects statewide featured in the new edition of a guidebook on
conservation easements recently published by the Texas Land Trust Council
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The guidebook, “Conservation Easements,” was developed to help landowners understand one of the most
flexible and effective means available to conserve and protect private property.
Montgomery Farm is the only residential development profiled in the guidebook and the editors praised it as “an
example of how thoughtful design and planning can result in a conservation development that creates a sense of
place and ensures protection of natural resources while meeting the needs of a rapidly, growing community.”
The development is recognized for its work with the Connemara Conservancy
to protect more than 140 acres of
open space. That easement, when combined with the Connemara Meadow Preserve’s 72 protected acres
adjacent to Montgomery Farm, creates more than 200 acres of protected woodland habitats and prairie land in
the heart of one of the fast growing suburban areas in the nation.
The editors also recognized Montgomery Farm for creating a residential, retail and commercial development that
appeals to all ages and life stages with a walkable lifestyle center (Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm),
residential communities with access to acres of open space and plans for additional offices, retail and residential
all following the conservation development model. As examples of this conservation ethic, the guidebook points to
the removal and replanting of more than 4,500 trees in the line of construction into an onsite tree farm; the use of
recycled wood from the demolition of a Dallas shopping mall for bridges, signage and other needs; the creation of
14 acres of ponds to collect runoff for irrigation; and more.
“The result is a landmark development exemplifying how developers, a land trust and communities can work
together to create a legacy for future generations while conserving a community’s resources and heritage,” the
From its early planning stages, Montgomery Farm has been recognized by local, state and national organizations
and news media as an example of how a conservation development model can work within the sprawl of
suburbia. Montgomery Farm, whose original development team involved some of the nation’s leading names in
conservation-based planning, development, landscaping, and design, has proven how the value of conservation
is reflected in higher real estate values and a better sense of community. Among the organizations that have
honored Montgomery Farm are the American Planning Association, Texas Public Works Association, Texas
Nursery and Landscape Association, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and Allen
Economic Development Corporation, among others.
More information on Montgomery Farm can be found at www.montgomeryfarm.com
or by contacting Philip L.
Williams, President & General Partner, Emerson Partners, Inc. 214.902.7101 or
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