Effective community development planning takes a comprehensive design approach to meeting a communities needs, one that recognizes the interrelationship of economic, physical, social development, and our environment. HBC is a proud leader in LID (Low Impact Development) and applying our knowledge to reduce infrastructure costs for our developers and produce layouts that make an impact.


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Brightleaf at the park, durham, nc

Brightleaf at the Park, located in Durham, NC, is an artistic community endorsed by the Audubon Society.  The native plant design theme is a seamless transition between the community and the surrounding ecoscape, while the emphasis on art separates it from other residential communities.

H. Burkert & Company worked with the client to create entrance designs that compliment the many pieces of art situated throughout the community, even going so far as to design entrance columns that are works of art themselves.  The oversize wind chimes within the columns set the tone for the entire community and set it apart from all others. 


The Palisades, Charlotte, nc

HBC worked on numerous smaller communities within the larger development of The Palisades in Charlotte.  H. Burkert & Co. worked with the developer to design the layout and construction documents for the entrances, along with planting plans for entrances and parks of these communities, and a street tree plan for each community.

HBC designed monumentation and plantings for the transitions between different communities.  HBC also have worked with the developer on plant selection for the main entrance to The Palisades at Hwy 49, the median plantings, and “color pockets” along the parkway.  HBC also designed the plant landscape for the Clubhouse and Swim and Tennis Club.  The Palisades is an Audubon Society community and our plant choices are reflective of native species indigenous to the area.


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the thistle, sunset beach, nc

HBC worked on with the developer to design a natural design approach to the entrance, street scapes, and golf clubhouse. 


Villas at winecoff, concord, nc

HBC took inspiration for the entry monumentation design directly from the architecture for the villas designed for Winecoff.  HBC worked closely with the project architect and developers to design a gated entrance with an Italian flare. With two of our own employees being LEED Accredited Professionals, we were more than prepared to embrace the green theme of the community when asked to join the team.  We applied our knowledge to the site by using sustainable plant material, including native and drought tolerant plants. HBC turned this hand drawn conceptual drawing into working drawings for installation and provided on-site construction management during installation.


Comprehensive site planning & design

 Overall Site Planning, Layout, & Phasing

Overall Site Planning, Layout, & Phasing

 Street Tree Planning 

Street Tree Planning 

 Buffer Calculations

Buffer Calculations

 Monumentation, Logo, and Entrance Planting Design

Monumentation, Logo, and Entrance Planting Design