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SUSTAINABLE NOSARA

YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THINGS SUSTAINABLE IN NOSARA

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PROPERTY

DOCUMENTATION & UTILITIES

First, make sure you have the following in order for documentation and utilities.

1

Make sure that you have a clear property title.

2

Confirm the property limits with a surveyor.

3

Make sure you have access to water and electricity.

TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY

A topographic survey determines elevation and other natural features of your property.

1

Build on elevated areas.

2

Consider the flow of rainwater in your design.

3

Get a license if you are moving 200+ sq m of soil.

SOIL STUDY

A soil study determines soil percolation rates and space required for wastewater treatment.

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TREE SURVEY

A soil study determines soil percolation rates and space required for wastewater treatment.

LOT SEGREGATION & DEVELOPMENT

When planning a development with numerous lots use the following best practices.

1

Segregate into large plots (1,000+ sq m) to leave room for efficient septic systems.

2

Plan parklands to connect habitat with neighboring properties.

3

Register your property with an environmental easement (Servidumbre Ecológica).

BUILDING TIP

Avoid filling or building in flood zones, plan for drainage and grade your lot in a way that allows water to flow naturally during heavy rainfall.

1

Conduct a soil study in the rainy season (or assume slower percolation rates). 

2

Make sure you leave enough space for the required septic drainfield.

1

Check here for protected tree species that are illegal to cut.

2

Minimize tree cutting, especially where trees connect to other forested areas.

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