From the beginning, it was clear that Palmetto Bluff was destined to be a place, not a project. After all, the intrinsic value here lies in the natural beauty, vastness and richness of its sea island landscape. To believe that we could improve upon it by replacing it would be folly. Rather, we have set out to preserve and protect one of America's treasured landscapes while creating a human settlement for those who will cherish this unique environment.
By allowing the land to guide us rather than imposing a developer template, we have crafted a plan that respects its physical form — the topography, the wetlands, the diverse maritime forest and the miles of undulating marsh and river edge. This vision of Palmetto Bluff as a place, rather than a project, is a more challenging path. It requires that we remain authentic. That we un-learn much of what the last 35 years of development in this region has taught us.
At the heart of this place, a village has been established. The land and the rivers have set its parameters, while trails, both land and water, will give it form. This trail system will connect the people with gathering places as well as providing escapes to solitude. By connecting with the island’s colorful history, we can carry on its centuries-old legacy of living well. This link to the past also requires that we connect to the present. The Lowcountry’s land, its rivers, its people, its ideals, its spirit – they are all integral parts of Palmetto Bluff.
Despite the meticulous planning that is going into the creation of this place, we will not be predictable in our approach. Rather we will remain flexible, allowing ideas to evolve and nurturing the visions and goals of the community as a whole. In doing so, Palmetto Bluff will remain, as it has been for centuries, a place for discovery and surprise.