Property owners who abut public property face a unique set of challenges when it comes to getting a landscaping project approved. Instead of having to contend with just one or two immediate neighbors, you’re potentially faced with the entire community which becomes, in a sense, neighbors and can have a say in what you can and cannot do with your landscaping project.
So how can you sell your outdoor project to your local conservation commission and the community at large while still keeping it aligned with your goals? The short answer is, make it a win/win/win situation for you, the community, and the environment. Be willing to stretch your ideas and goals a bit. Compromise if and where needed in the name of being a good neighbor and a fellow concerned citizen, sensitive to the environment and the natural resources that need protection.
To improve your chances of receiving project approval and winning the support of the community, consider incorporating any or all of these seven characteristics of environmentally-friendly landscape designs into your project:
A colorful residential wetland replication planting
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A big thank you to Alec Stevens who took the amazing aerial photograph you see in this article. He is a Medfield, MA resident too!