Design Principles

The vision for Montane is guided by the following key design principles, intended to inspire the design and development of all neighbourhood improvements:

 

FERNIE FIRST

The vision for neighborhood design and programming stems from a recognition and respect of Montane as a part of the Fernie community. The Master Plan vision of Montane was guided by the site’s physical and recreational connections to the town’s historic core and commitment to direct economic, social and environmental investment in the community.

GOOD LIVING IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

The character of Montane is reflective of its natural setting and deliberate connections between outdoor recreation, community and wellbeing. Clusters of homes frame smaller pocket parks and greenways and the Montane trail plan provides direct pedestrian / bike connections within 100m of every home.

It is this visible articulation of “Nature at your door” that defines the expansiveness of the Montane neighbourhood.

BIG VIEWS + SUN

Neighbourhood streets and greenways are designed to capitalize on the signature views of Mt. Hosmer, the Three Sisters and the Cedar Valley. Individual homes will optimize views of the spectacular panoramic mountain scenery and the site’s extended sun exposure.

INDIVIDUAL CHARACTER + COLLECTIVE SPIRIT

Buildings will exhibit a diverse range of styles, forms, materials and colors. Placement of buildings and design prioritizes public spaces: Streets and sidewalks tour between pocket neighbourhoods; homes frame green areas with views and offer a range of amenities – from trails to gardens, while inviting opportunities for creativity and community interaction.

DIVERSITY OF HOMES AND HABITATS

A spectrum of housing choices are presented within a range of pocket neighborhoods, connected by a common thread of outdoor living and recreational opportunities. A variety of home types will support mixed-age neighborhoods and diversity.

CONNECTED TO PLACE

Neighborhood design and placement of homes responds to variations in landform, accentuating the prominent views, landmarks and natural features. “Dark Sky” lighting guidelines and natural materials and colors will complement the local landscape. Natural and durable materials will be utilized in buildings and landscape features at Montane.