If you’re a landscape contractor in Frisco, Texas, you might want to think about buying a tall ladder. A future client might ask you to tend the plants on his roof.
Total Environment, a land development company, recently received approval by Frisco’s planning and zoning commission to build a 55-acre home community. The most distinctive feature of this development is that each of the new houses will have roofs covered entirely with native plants.
“The proposed development offers a unique housing product that is the first of its kind in the city of Frisco and the region,” city planners said in their review of the project.
The developer has built a number of distinctive, eco-friendly real estate projects in India and in other markets.
Jim Knight, a senior principal with Stantec, a design and engineering firm that has been working with Total Environment, said that while individual buildings in the U.S. have green roofs, the Frisco project is different. “Nobody has done a community of them,” he said.
“The developer has been building these homes overseas for years, and they have been very successful,” added Knight. “A number of people already want to buy them.”
Knight told the planning commission that they’ve been working with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to come up with a planting, maintenance and monitoring plan for this entire project. Plants were chosen for interest in every season.
“The property is absolutely gorgeous,” added Knight. “Rowlett Creek runs through it, and there are three ponds. We want to provide a sustainable, environmentally-friendly development Frisco can be proud of.”
Residents would enjoy heavily landscaped public areas and a bridge across a wooded creek. Almost 20 percent of the land will remain open space, with walking trails through them. Also planned is a water feature and plaza area.
The community will have about 122 houses ranging in size from more than 4,000 to 5,000 square feet. The homes will have small front and rear yards, and curved roofs that extend near ground level. They’re expected to go on the market for $900,000 and up.
The proposed project now goes to the City Council for review.