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Repeating the Elements of Form, Line, Color, and Texture

Every landscape has the basic elements of form, line, color, and texture. Repeating these elements reduces contrasts between the landscape and the proposed activity or development and results in less of a visual impact.

Another way of looking at this is to use the existing landforms, vegetation patterns, natural lines in the landscape, etc., to reinforce the design of the proposed activity or development. By “playing off” of these naturally occurring elements, the design of the proposed development will be in closer harmony with the natural landscape.

Following are some examples of the proper use of form, line, color and texture:


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This road alignment repeats the forms of this landscape.
The clearing of this hillside works well with the existing lines and vegetative patterns found in this landscape.
These cellular telephone towers repeat the forms, lines, colors, and textures found in this landscape.

The electrical tower in this photo virtually disappears because of the repetition of the lines and colors of this landscape and the lack of a clearcut right-of-way.
The vegetative clearing in this photo repeats the natural forms and shapes found in the landscape.
Replacement of rock on this exploratory drilling site repeats the texture of this landscape.