BY KERRY BLIND, FASLA
At their core, most of our projects begin with the simple yet effective process of listening. We listen to our clients to understand their vision for their project, and then we help them expand and refine their vision based on our expertise. These projects tend to follow fairly conventional patterns for development, such as a park that backs up to a local neighborhood, or a commercial tract located along a major highway. But every once in a while, we find a client with a vision that breaks the mold for typical development patterns. Such is the case with the Chattahoochee Hill Country.
Just twenty minutes from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, lies 40,000 acres of virtually undeveloped land consisting of woods and pastures, rock outcrops, and creeks that abut the Chattahoochee River. It is practically unheard of for this type of bucolic countryside to exist adjacent to the sprawling metroplex of Atlanta. But the Chattahoochee Hill Country does not exist in its pastoral state simply by chance; rather, it took a concerted and innovative effort to preserve the character of this pristine area while at the same time providing a blueprint for future development.
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