THUNDER VALLEY REGENERATIVE COMMUNITY PLAN
One of the first initiatives to move forward from the Oglala Lakota Sustainable Regional Plan was the development of a Model Regenerative Community Plan for Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (TVCDC). This initiative also has direct relationships with the initiatives for Land Use, Health and Wellness, Youth, Economic Development, and the Environment/Resilience Planning.
TVCDC purchased a 34-acre site to implement a Model Regenerative Community. The design and development of this site include affordable net-zero housing, sustainable construction workforce training, locally-owned social enterprises, food sovereignty programs, youth leadership programs, and language revitalization programs. Each of the programs has components that function on site as well as more broadly in the Lakota Nation. The Master Plan was developed with performance goals to increase Lakota community vitality culturally, socially, environmentally, and economically. TVCDC hosted a Rose Fellow from 2016-2018 to act as their first Director of Design and Planning. She worked closely with the planners, architects, engineers and construction professionals to bring the first phase of infrastructure, 21 single-family homes, a community center and a staff apartment building to completion.
The next phase of design and planning work is an area of commercial development on the northeast portion of the site and regenerative landscape design for the full site. Design development documentation was created for the commercial development for fund-raising for the next phase of engineering and architectural design, as well as the attraction of tenants for each space.
Most recently, Hoxie Collective partnered with Hubbard Studio to host a workshop (Fostering Lakota CultureThrough Landscape Design) focused on the stories and significance that plants hold for Lakota people. The input received at this workshop will lead to the creation of planting guidelines, a plant palette, and a soil health strategy for the Regenerative Community Development.
THUNDER VALLEY REGENERATIVE COMMUNITY MASTER PLAN
NORTHEAST AREA DEVELOPMENT SITE AND CONCEPTUAL DESIGN
WORK IN PROGRESS