The Land Development Council of the Maryland Building Association honored the 74-townhouse Hunt Valley Overlook site in northern Baltimore County with a 2017 Community Development Award at the organization’s banquet held on November 15, 2017, at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve. The organization recognized KCI’s engineering team along with Developer Obrecht Properties LLC, builder CalAtlantic Homes.
The development team overcame several critical challenges as they planned, designed and built the premier community. The narrow property, only 100 feet wide in one location, drops nearly 120 feet along its length, which is tucked along a winding section of MD 45 York Road. Engineered slopes, large retaining walls and terraced house groups maximized the amount of homes that could be built within the constrained site.
The community is also one of the first-large scale developments in Baltimore County to be designed and approved under Maryland’s new stormwater management regulations that require incorporation of Environmental Site Design (ESD) techniques to the maximum extent possible.
A strong focus on environmental sensitivity resulted in more than one acre of open-space and a lush landscape plan that shields the development from the road and nearby neighborhoods, provides residents with ample green space, and maintains the woody character of the surrounding watershed.