Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.
The Montosa Ranch Project succeeded in protecting 30,828 acres of private land from future development. In addition to providing land planning services, Anthony Anella was apartner in the development of this project. The projet received a 2003 Citation Award (excellence in achievement) from the six-state Western Mountain Region of the American Institute of Architects.
Based on the "sieve mapping" design process, the Montosa Ranch Project provides an alternative to conventional development by demonstrating an effective way of promoting and financing stewardship.
Sieve mapping works as a design process because buyers prefer land that is adjacent to protected open space. This is the basis for identifying and then capitalizing on the economic value of land conservation in the marketplace. Sieve mapping is a way of asking the land to display discrete conservation qualities which, when superimposed, reveal patterns of conservation priorities coinciding with economic expedience.