Going beyond the vital preservation of nature for the sake of ecology, natural features offer a number of benefits to a community. They offer ecological services such as stormwater filtration, add to property values, and solidify the atmosphere of a neighborhood. With such immediate and tangible benefits, it stands to follow that nature should take a central role in the design of a site.
Natural features should be visible and prominent. Although it may be tempting to develop lots containing the greatest access to nature, designing the community in such a way that a greater number of lots have some access will result in an overall increase in property values.