New lakeside development designed to minimize impact on environment

A new lakeside development has employed what it calls “Conservation by Design” to minimize impact on the environment.

The Slopes of Sylvan Lake was designed to achieve a minimal development footprint.

The Slopes of Sylvan Lake was designed to achieve a minimal development footprint.

A new lakeside development has employed what it calls “Conservation by Design” to minimize impact on the environment.

The Slopes of Sylvan Lake is a 49-acre cluster-style development located near the Summer Village of Birchcliff that has retained 25 acres of undisturbed natural area in what its developers call “the future of development in the watershed.”

“We believe we have achieved the perfect balance between managing the steady population growth while ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of the lake,” said Chris Artibello, president of Belterra Land Company. “Our Conservation by Design techniques promote the creation, retention and management of our 49 acres, and they ultimately help us achieve a smaller development footprint.”

The development is tied into the Regional Wastewater Line lift station, adding further to its environmental appeal. It’s that same appeal that earned the development a voice of approval from Lacombe County, within which the development is situated.

“Our goal is to provide quality communities and to protect the lake at the same time,” said Lacombe County commissioner Terry Hager. “The Slopes of Sylvan Lake does both.”

The Slopes’ first stage of construction is now complete, with a number of villas and homesites available. An open house at one of the villas is slated for May 30.