Client/Builder/Developer: Toll Brothers
Location: Batchellors Forest Road, Olney, Maryland
Market: Residential – Single Family Detached
Size: 175.80 acres
Zoning: RNC – Optional Method with MPDU Density Bonus
Density: 69 half acre lots (avg.), including (1) 15 acre farm lot
Formerly an 18 hole golf course, to redevelop Trotters Glen into a cluster subdivision of 68 ½ acre lots. The property is located along a designated “rustic road” requiring special treatment to maintain its rural character. A large pond that served as a golf course hazard became a liability when developing a single family neighborhood. Detailed analysis of existing grades early in the process revealed the need for grinder pumps for a group of houses on a cul-de-sac.
The property seller wanted to continue living in her home on the property that included horses, barns, fenced areas and outbuildings.
GLW provided planning, landscape architecture and engineering services to cluster private lots around the owner’s 15 acre lot. This allowed vegetative screening of the existing home and outbuildings and provided large areas of homeowner-owned open space to create privacy and passive recreational opportunities for residents. The existing pond was evaluated and restored to its former condition as a stream. The stream became an amenity for homeowners, visible from existing golf cart paths and bridges that were repurposed along with new paths that connect to a public hiker/biker trail. The paths took advantage of other existing environmental features such as scenic overlooks, specimen trees and undulating terrain. Additionally, a centrally located “village commons” provided seating areas and informal recreational space. Creative use of open section roadside ditches for stormwater bio-swales resulted in a reduction of storm drain piping and elimination of large stormwater ponds.