Respect for the Environment
Preserving the character of the land and fitting in with the Ellison Bay community has been essential to the Cottage Glen developers. Even with two thirds of the homes built, owners and visitors are impressed that so much of the original topography and vegetation remain. The homes of Cottage Glen fit into their habitat with respect for the environment.
The 3.5 acre drain field has been restored to a natural Wisconsin prairie containing nearly two dozen species of native grasses and wildflowers. The National Wildlife Federation has certified us as a Wildlife Habitat because the property provides the four basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover and places to raise young. In addition, we have recently received recognition as a Monarch WayStation.
Along the southern edge of Cottage Glen, there is a five acre bluff (part of the Niagara Escarpment) that has been protected with a perpetual conservation easement.
A high volume community well serves all the homes at Cottage Glen. The system includes a well house containing a 3,600 gallon pressure tank and an underground 11,000 gallon tank reserve. The quality of water is monitored on an ongoing basis to comply with the State of Wisconsin municipal standards and consistently receives high ratings.
Cottage Glen's waste disposal system is a state-of-the-art at-grade aerobic biological system. Waste water is processed through a series of underground tanks utilizing a microbial-aeration technology that reduces the wastewater to essentially potable water before it is released to the drainfield. Every year one third of the field is allowed to rest.
The developers have chosen to construct less than 1.5 units per acre on the site and have determined to have an impervious surface ratio of less than 20%. The impervious surface ratio includes all buildings, roads, parking, and other improvements that restrict the absorption of water.
A comprehensive drainage plan, approved by Door County, has been implemented to ensure proper surface water management.
A recycling center is located on the property.
In 2010 the residents voted to add a solar array to the roof of the rec center to help defray operating costs of the center. The system supplies approximately 17% of the electricity needed for operating the center.