Portsmouth, NH – A new 22-unit condominium neighborhood, The Village at Banfield Woods, is currently under construction in Portsmouth. The development is located on a quiet 44.8-acre parcel, surrounded by woodlands and adjacent to Banfield Road and The Great Bog.
Regional engineering firm TFMoran, Inc. was retained by Green and Company Building & Development Corp. to provide local and state permitting, surveying, civil engineering, planning, landscape architecture, and construction administration services for the neighborhood. Design assistance and site and infrastructure construction is being provided by Severino Trucking Co., Inc. out of Candia, N.H. The project architect is Art Form Architecture, Inc. of North Hampton.
Several design challenges were overcome with teamwork provided by numerous consultants for the project. The project contains unique eco-passages to facilitate wildlife movement, underground drainage treatment and storage that minimizes environmental impact, and hybrid bio-retention areas to maximize removal of nitrogen, all while reducing impact to the wetland buffer.
“This project utilized an exceptional team of consultants including soil and wetland scientists, wildlife biologists, civil engineers, surveyors, attorneys, and land planning consultants, to design and permit this unique neighborhood,” stated TFMoran principal, Corey Colwell.
The project utilized the city’s Open Space Planned Unit Development provisions of the zoning ordinance. This allowed cluster dwelling units to be clustered to preserve the site’s natural features and to create open space. Of the 44.8-acre parcel of land, 37 of these acres are open space and will be preserved in the form of a conservation easement. By clustering the homes, reducing roadway width and length, and implementing common driveways, the team was able to reduce wetland buffer impact, stormwater runoff, tree clearing, and traffic and wildlife impact. The preservation of 83% of this property ensures these woodland areas will remain in perpetuity.
This now protected land is adjacent to other parcels preserved for conservation, allowing the residents of the neighborhood to participate in outdoor recreation, hiking, and the enjoyment of the surrounding woodlands and conservation land.