Applying Low Impact Development Principles to Design Award-Winning Mixed Income Housing
Brewster Landing is a residential cottage community consisting of 24 single family cottages and 2 multifamily duplexes located less than a mile from the beach. The community is permitted and constructed under the provisions of M.G.L. c. 40B and includes 8 affordable units. This “Nantucket” style home development is sited on 9.4 acres near Route 6a in Brewster. Units are offered in both 2 and 3 bedroom styles. Prior to development, this was a vacant site located in an environmentally sensitive area. Coastal Engineering Co. helped to fully develop the site, designing within the constraints of the applicable regulations to provide protection of the nearby wetland area. An example of low impact development design used at this site is the installation of 4 rain gardens to naturally filter stormwater runoff through mulch and soil layers while the roots of the bioretention/rain gardens plant’s uptake runoff and utilize pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus for plant growth. The project has been a huge success and the condos have sold out almost immediately after going on the market. Civil engineering design won 2018 BRICC award by Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod. Read a full case study on our Knowledge Base page.