Environmental sustainability means stewardship of the future. It means respecting the world around us and protecting that world for future generations. Sustainability is reaching companies as businesses go green – recycling, reusing, minimizing waste and choosing to work with other companies doing the same. Sustainability also means leaving some of the land natural, not building and landscaping on every available surface. It means building envelopes – developers developing only 10, 20 or 40 percent of custom lots. It means caring, and it’s reaching the home building community.
The Toiyabe National Forest is one of Nevada’s natural treasures. Rising to the tree line, from 5,200 feet to 5,900 feet in elevation, ArrowCreek is a new master planned community located at the edges of the Toiyabe National Forest in Northern Nevada. ArrowCreek spans 3,200 acres; 1,500 of those acres are slated to remain natural and undisturbed.
ArrowCreek is a mix of custom homes and semi-custom production houses. The custom home sites range in size from 1/2 an acre to three acres, with views of the city, the valley and the mountains. And on the lots, restrictions call for building envelopes, meaning homeowners may only develop 60 percent of the lot, while 40 percent remains natural. The restrictions preserve the views of neighboring homes, prevent over-landscaping in a water-scarce area and keep some of the environs natural.
Makes sense, really, if a buyer is moving into an area for its natural beauty, to maintain some of that beauty in its natural state. And it’s also probably right in line with the beliefs and desires of the one-time owners of the land. ArrowCreek is built on Redfield Trust property. LaVere and Nell J. Redfield moved to Reno from Long Beach, Calif. in 1935, and eventually acquired more than 50,000 acres of land in the area, much of which consisted of forest lands around Reno. After LaVere’s death, Nell transferred approximately 40,000 acres of land, including Mt. Rose, to the U.S. Forest Service to ensure public access. The remaining land was inventoried and set aside to become master planned communities in the southwest Truckee Meadows.
The Nell J. Redfield Foundation was formed in 1974 to carry out Nell’s charitable work, much of which was focused on education, healthcare and aid to needy children. Not surprisingly, then, Galena High School, the school ArrowCreek students are zoned to attend, was developed on land the Redfield Foundation contributed. A private middle school thats located in the area; both were also built on land contributed by the foundation.
ArrowCreek developers, who formed a limited liability corporation (LLC), consist of three partners: Terrabrook, one of the largest land developers in the United States, and developers Jeffrey Dingman and Carl Pannatoni. Washoe County approved the developers’ agreement in 1996 and ground was broken in October of that year. Since then ArrowCreek has grown to include two golf courses: the Challenge, a Scottish-style links course designed by Fuzzy Zoeller and John Harbottle, and the Legend, Arnold Palmer’s 18-hole championship course. There’s even a global positioning system in place to guide golfers through the greens. The satellite system relays information right to the golfer’s incart video display screen, including a graphical hole and green overview of each hole, exact distance from each tee to the pin, pro tips, scoring and a live on-car tournament leader board. The system even allows golfers to order food while playing.
Long before ArrowCreek began building golf courses and homes on the site, Washoe Indians called the area home. During the entitlement phase of the land acquisition, ArrowCreek developers called for an archaeological survey. Kautz Environmental Consultants, Inc. discovered 105 archaeological sites, 21 of which offered significant information about past civilizations. Petroglyphs – rock carvings – were among finds that included numerous arrowheads, clusters of fire hearths and a smoking pipe. Located in inaccessible sections of the community, the rock carvings have been preservedas part of the 1,500 natural acres of ArrowCreek. One find, a saurian carved into a boulder, was given to the Washoe tribe; a model of it was created and donated to the State Museum in Carson City, says Linda Frederick, who was very involved in the project.
Community involvement remains in clear focus for ArrowCreek’s developers. As Nell Redfield might have wished, ArrowCreek is involved in a variety of special events within the community including Uptown Downtown ARTown and project sponsorships with Ted Hunsberger Elementary and SageRidge Middle schools.