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Marblehead Coastal-A Sustainable Planned Community

Location: San Clemente, California

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Baker provided urban development services including entitlement, site planning, environmental and engineering for the award-winning Marblehead Coastal project. Located on a coastal plateau with expansive ocean views, the 248-acre site has been planned and engineered by Baker as a sustainable community for 313 residences, a 52-acre regional commercial center, and over 125 acres of open space.

This project incorporates “Sustainable Design” components. Resource conservation, recycling, waste minimization and the utilization of energy efficient and ecologically responsible materials and techniques are being used. The design preserves the landform and canyons while integrating habitat protection and restoration with recreational uses throughout.  The regional landscape character is reflected throughout the community by using California coastal sage scrub and native grassland plants. Baker prepared the water quality and habitat management plans, also securing the resource agency permits for the project. Best Management Practices (BMPs) were incorporated into site design by Baker for water quality treatment throughout.

Among the 30+ sustainable and environmental components developed by the Baker team for the Marblehead Coastal community are: rainwater capture systems, restoration of wetlands and wildlife habitat, efficient and “as necessary” cutoff lighting systems, 4 miles of public trails, interpretive and educational signage, an all abilities ADA park, vegetated bioswales, wet extended detention ponds, and drain inlet filters to protect the Pacific Ocean from pollutants that may be carried in runoff. The project received the 2005 SCC/ASLA Award of Merit.


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