Landscape Templates for Rebuilding, Existing Yards & New Developments

This article originally appeared on the Northern Water Website on June 26, 2024.

Northern Water partnered with Norris Design and community stakeholders to create six scalable landscape templates for the diverse neighborhoods impacted by the Marshall Fire, which destroyed 1,084 homes in Louisville, Superior and Boulder County in December 2021. The new templates are modeled after similar successful efforts in the West with an advisory committee established to guide the project. The templates will accommodate corner, middle, cul-de-sac and large lots for maximum adoptability. They will also include full landscape plans, irrigation plans, water-wise low flammability plant lists, cost opinions and more.

These Sustainable Landscape Templates are meant to be utilized as resources for immediate recovery needs and longer-term options for property owners. Key design goals include sustainable water use, as well as low flammability and pollinator friendly design, combined with consideration of cost of installation and maintenance. The layouts are intended to be both inspirational and highly functional.

Templates are delivered as six base plan sets addressing three single family residential lot types: two designs for cul-de-sac lots; one design for a corner lot; and three designs for a common rectangle shaped lot. Lot selection is based on actual lot conditions in the areas burned by the 2021 Marshall Fire.

Click here to explore the tool or contact Norris Design to learn more.