When the Windham Housing Trust investigated a donated 7-acre parcel in the ski resort town of West Dover, it discovered that the property contained steep slopes, wetlands, a public sewer easement, erodible soils, and was located adjacent to bear habitat and an impaired waterway.

Through thoughtful site design, Stevens & Associates was able to accommodate 40 units of affordable housing and a future community building on the parcel.

The resulting Butterfield Common combines a 26-unit senior housing building with townhouses, duplexes, and a single-family home in a mixed-age residential community.

The community’s plan makes room for extensive stormwater treatment and storage while leaving ample green space for private yards and common areas.

To accommodate the needs of the adjacent wildlife refuge, the project’s plantings consist solely of species native to Vermont; Stevens & Associates specified organic landscaping practices.