The Northern section, where construction is underway, consists of 25 hamlet lots and three conservancy lots. The concept of clustering homes is part of the cohousing model and is also a sound environmental approach. Clustering homes allows us to leave over 85% of the land in open space, most of which will be reforested.
EcoVillage hamlet lots range in size from approximately 1/3 to 3/4 acre. Each lot has its own assigned drain fields and its own well, either within the lot or in common area. Siting of homes on each lot is finalized following lot purchase and selection of the house scheme(s) to be constructed on the lot. Our hope is that private landscaping will extend the look and feel of the forest, with lawns and private gardens appearing as forest clearings and edges.
Residents are encouraged to maximize wildlife habitat on their respective lots, such as defined by the National Wildlife Federation's backyard program. Some restrictions extend to private lots, such as a restriction on planting exotic invasive plant species, a mandate to eradicate exotic plants from the lot, a limitation on weed and insect control being those practices set forth in the Virginia organic food laws, under which all EcoVillage land is certified, as well as limitations on various landscaping structures that can be erected on lots. These restrictions and limitations are laid out in the EcoVillage Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Easements and Restrictions and are in the process of being further detailed in the Architectural & Environmental Design Guidelines.
Primary and Accessory Dwellings
According to the Rural Hamlet zoning law that governs EcoVillage, two dwellings may be built on one lot. A maximum build-out design has been tested to evaluate each lot for its capacity to carry two units without significantly trespassing on the solar envelope of neighboring structures. Although most of the lots can accommodate two houses, this arrangement is subject to Loudoun County approvals.