When Lititz Reserve, LLC contemplated a townhome community on 45 acres in Warwick Township, they selected RGS Associates to navigate them through the land development entitlement process and develop conceptual designs for the proposed residential neighborhood.

A large drainage way that bisects the property has been identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) as a Critical Aquifer Recharge Area (CARA). In collaboration with LandStudies, the drainage way became an integral part of the stormwater management design through an innovative bio-swale design. The bio-swale cleans water flowing through the site and provides stormwater rate and volume control. This design solution allowed for more developable land when compared to conventional stormwater management facilities.

An existing sewer interceptor main was located on the site, RGS was able to convince the Township Sewer Authority to allow the main to be relocated because of its aging infrastructure. Another challenge RGS faced was creating a design solution which maximized the 40 feet of elevation change across the site. The team worked with the client to minimize the use of retaining walls and identify locations for exposed basements and stepped units. Both solutions allowed to maximize the land to its fullest potential.

Lititz Reserve has experience steady sales and is three years ahead of the original schedule for construction. The homes in the first three phases are fully constructed and occupied. All of the homes in the fourth phase are reserved, and construction of the fifth and sixth phases are scheduled to being in summer of 2017. When completed, the community will consist of 189 townhomes and seven open space parcels in eight phases of construction.