Conservation & Design
Conservation is the guiding design principle for the new properties at Chelsea Highlands. Our team has taken a new approach to rural land development – one where nature, history and stewardship are guiding principles. From an initial plan in 2017 to the final subdivision plan of today, we remain committed to improving and protecting the existing natural assets of the site. Majestic trees, an historic network of trails and a large sunny meadow are all set in the rolling highlands of ancient Precambrian Shield.
Given the property’s proximity to the Gatineau Park, Chelsea Highlands acts as an important corridor for wildlife movement from the Park to the Gatineau River. Accordingly, nearly 80% of the property will be conserved as green space and further protected by environmental, architectural and land-use covenants. At Chelsea Highlands, each property owner becomes a partner in the perpetual stewardship of the land.
The natural and ecological characteristics of the property have shaped our design process from start to finish. They are our design constraints and the source of our inspiration.
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE CLUB
The Larrimac Golf and Tennis Club, our land partner, is one of the most picturesque in the region. The 9-hole, not-for-profit Club, is open to the public and has been a community social hub for nearly 100 years. We are committed to helping the Club thrive and protect their land holdings for the future. In support of this historic Chelsea landmark, 1% of property sales go to the Club, in perpetuity. Among other benefits, these funds will help the Club maintain their vast recreational conservation lands to the west of the Highlands remaining available for use by all.
The Club is a wonderful and inviting neighbour. It’s a delightfully quirky club where it is surprisingly hard to break par on the course, where you can challenge yourself with a quick round – and do so with your favorite canine in tow.
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