Boyd's Ridge is a 16-acre development located in Annapolis, Maryland. The development proposed 22 single-family, clustered lots to create a defined community and to preserve a larger open space. The lots were located at the rear of the site, providing a substantial buffer between this development and adjacent properties. The lots were reduced to the smallest lot size possible and oriented towards the street to promote a greater sense of community and neighborhood. The development contained areas within the county's critical area zone, thereby further limiting development within the site and placing greater emphasis on water quality and connections to the forested areas of the site.
The focal point of this development is how that stormwater management was addressed. The site contained an existing large pond at the lowest elevation of the site, which served as a regional pond to this development, as well as all of the properties above the site. In working with staff at the local, state, and federal levels, it was decided to retrofit the pond into the prior ecosystem (pre-1950's condition). The stormwater management system proposed a flood plain area, with several pocket pools and a central pilot channel to permit for the normal flow of drainage. A variety of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous material were planted to return the area to its pre-50's form, to provide stormwater benefits to regional development, to link pockets of adjacent areas of forested areas, and to promote a greater wildlife habitat for the area. The retrofitted and planted floodplain has become a focal point not only for this development, but for the community at large.