Conservation Safeguards

Below are brief video vignettes addressing recent questions and comments we have heard from citizens with respect to our plans for Pineland Prairie.

Cautious about “overpromising the volume” of water from the C-23 canal that he hopes to divert, settle, filter and cleanse before it returns to our waterways, Knight shares his vision that development should be, at minimum, environmentally neutral, if not beneficial.

Knight describes the multiple measures he’s putting in place to ensure protection of the 70 percent (of the total 3,400 acres) set aside for open space as “two belts and three pairs of suspenders.”

By providing clear guidelines, right down to the “width of sidewalks, the curb-and-gutter design, the setbacks of houses from the street,” the Form-Based Code ensures Pineland Prairie will look exactly as described, says Knight.

Several members of the public provided supportive comments of Pineland Prairie, which this collection of edited clips depicts.

Jim Moir, chair of the Local Planning Agency, describes the benefits of the unique approach Pineland Prairie is presenting to Martin County.

Some residents raised questions, even skepticism, about the strength of safeguards we were employing to ensure conversation open space remains as intended.

Knight directly addressed the reliable assurances recorded deed restrictions provide in fortifying conversation easements from attempts to tamper or undermine its original intents.