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River Oaks Development, City of Watervliet, Berrien County

River Oaks is located along the Paw Paw River in Watervliet City.  The developer maintained the forested buffer along the river and did not build any houses near the river bank.  Not only are the homes green, but the lawns are as well.  Each lawn has a rain garden and a no mow lawn. 



Certified Green Built Homes-What are the benefits of a Green Built home?

Did you know that a typical home can have more of a negative impact on the environment than your automobile?  By building a Green Built home not only do you save money, breath cleaner air, live in a more durable structure, but you also can sleep better at night knowing you did your part to keep our environment clean. 


How do Green Built Homes Differ from Traditional Built Homes?
  1. Improved indoor air quality
  2. Recycled materials & on-site recycling programs
  3. Low water use appliances
  4. Tankless water heaters
  5. Dual flush toilets
  6. Drought resistant landscapes
  7. Effective land management, good site layout, tree preservation & minimized site disturbance.





This page last updated on 5/9/2008.
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~Protect sensitive/special features

~Protect/enhance riparian areas

~Protect/utilize natural flow pathways in overall stormwater planning and design

~Cluster uses at each site; Build on the smallest area possible

~Minimize total disturbed area-grading

~Reduce street and/or parking imperviousness

~Rain gardens/Bioretention

~Vegetated swales

Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  
376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  

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