Terra Looks Back: The Biltmore Manor Development


In 1994, Terra’s first engineering project was a 20-acre residential subdivision in North Barrington, IL named Biltmore Manor. When the project was assigned to us, almost 24 years ago, Terra was called Terra Resources, Ltd.

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Biltmore Manor’s 20-acre parcel of land is bisected by the North Branch of the Flint Creek and has over 60 feet of elevation change across the area. At the time of the initial survey, there were 2,063 trees over 6” in diameter.

The original site plan called for 10 luxury home sites, but because the area is on a well and septic, the soil could only accommodate eight homes. A single home was developed Northeast of Flint Creek and seven home-sites were built off of Oxford Road. There were two small retention basins designed to accommodate the Stormwater Management requirements and the banks of the North Branch of Flint Creek needed to be stabilized.

We thought it would be fun to see what the Biltmore Manor subdivision looks like today, 23 ½ years later. The resulting subdivision fits the land well. Over 1,500 of the trees were maintained. We are always excited and proud to see our work stand the test of time and this project is no exception.