April 23, 2005

600-acre New Urbanist Development Planned For Tennessee

Developers are planning a network of four villages "as a self-contained, walkable community whose commercial activity will be limited mostly to locally owned shops and restaurants," the Nashville City Paper reports.

Work will start first with a restaurant, grocery store, some houses and townhouses as well as mixed-use buildings with first-floor commercial/retail and apartments above.

"If all goes according to plan, Carothers Crossing will expand over 20 years and across more than 600 acres, mostly in Davidson County with about 92 acres in Rutherford County. The total project would cost more than $100 million," the article says. "Walking to the shops would be encouraged. Each village would have a quarter-mile walking radius and would likely be centered by a park or green. Biking and walking trails would be established.

"Moving away from the center, single-family homes with yards would predominate, with estate homes on the fringes."

Sprawl antidote: More than half the land would be left rural. The project requires "urban design overlay" zoning approval, which the area has used since 1999.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the heads up. I didn't know about this project. Kinda urban sprawly since this is definitely not currently an urban area, but it sounds like a cool planned community.