HOAs and Condo Associations:
Planning and Managing Common Open Space
- Loudoun Edition -
Where: via Zoom
Join us for an engaging session on ecologically sustainable community master planning and land management in Loudoun County.
All are welcome, regardless of your county.
You know the value of native plants, trees, and sustainable landscaping techniques. But now what? What can you do to begin working with your HOA or Condo Association to encourage them to take the next steps in investing in this approach?
Strategic and capital planning that incorporates nature-based design can protect open spaces and bring a focus on vibrant outdoor spaces to your community. Better understanding your community’s tree care can ensure a healthy, sustainable tree canopy for decades to come. Learn how natural systems and native plants can beautify community property while supporting wildlife, reducing maintenance issues, and becoming a source of community pride.
In this symposium, you’ll:
· Learn the value of developing a plan to upgrade your community's green infrastructure
· Understand the hurdles to implementation and strategies for success
· Gain an understanding of trees and native tree communities
· Familiarize yourself with the ins and outs for tree selection for various functions
· Set goals and managing expectations with your Board and community
· Invest in the proper design and planning for native plant gardens
· Plan for the long-term maintenance of the various components of your property
· Hear about examples from communities in and around Loudoun County
· Brainstorm with and learn from other community associations facing similar challenges
1pm – 4pm (with breaks)
Introduction (Renee Grebe, Audubon Naturalist Society)
Creating a master plan (Zac Lette, Land Planning and Design Associates)
Managing natural areas and trees (Kyle Dingus, Loudoun County Urban Forester)
Breakout group discussion
Native plants in a community association setting (John Magee, Landscape Designer)
Breakout group discussions
Northern Virginia Conservation Advocate, Audubon Naturalist Society
Renee leads efforts in Northern Virginia to protect watersheds and to respond to the climate emergency. She also serves on Fairfax County’s Environmental Quality Advisory Council, is trained as a Master Naturalist, and has considerable experience leading conservation projects within her HOA and removing invasive plants from parkland.
Kyle D. Dingus
Loudoun County Urban Forester
Loudoun County Department of Building and Development
Kyle has a Forestry degree from Virginia Tech with the option of Forest Resources Management. Prior to working for the County he served five years as an Area Forester for the Virginia Department of Forestry covering Loudoun, Fauquier, Prince William, Culpeper and Rappahannock Counties. He enjoys promoting forests and works with the motto of “safe infrastructure and happy trees.”
Zac Lette, RLA, ASLA
Vice President of Land Planning and Design Associates (LPDA)
Leading LPDA’s Metro Area’s office, Zac is involved in the management and design of projects throughout the Baltimore and Washington regions. Throughout his career, Zac has worked on a variety of projects of significant diversity including, mixed use, urban design and planning, community planning, institutional, parks, trails and greenways. LPDA has been assisting HOA’s throughout the region in the master planning, approvals and implementation of landscape and capital improvements.
President - Magee Design
John has been designing and building landscapes in the Washington DC Metro area and beyond for the past 25 years. He owns and operates award winning Magee Design in Middleburg, VA and is the creator and host of the award winning Native Plant Podcast.
Loudoun residents only:
Greening your Neighborhood
Join the Audubon Naturalist Society this fall (and beyond) for a special, free Loudoun County program to help you lead ecological change in your community. You’ll commit to two half-day workshops, a tour of green infrastructure projects in Loudoun, and to completing a conservation project. Details here