Bridgeland is an 11,400-acre master-planned community northwest of Houston, Texas, which will be home to 65,000 residents when complete in 2037. Like the Woodlands, its predecessor, the Bridgeland site plan centers on scenic lakes that improve water quality, irrigate during droughts, and draw residents to common areas for recreation. These lakes form a stormwater system that exceeds local design requirements, and which has managed storm events much larger than those anticipated.


A 352-acre planned community that uses traditional neighborhood and community design principles to create a small town feeling. The design relies on a hierarchy of streets built in a modified grid, with most homes close to the street on small lots ranging from 2,500 to 9,000 square feet. The community incorporates a variety of housing types-including detached, attached, apartments, and condominiums-as well as a school, a shopping center, a child care center, and a recreation center.

Poplar Project

The parcel was acquired from a local developer by the housing authority in 1985 for $300,000. Approved density in the PUD allowed for development of 20 multifamily units. While the housing authority intended to use the site to develop affordable housing, no plans existed at the time of acquisition and the site stood vacant for nearly ten years

Laguna West

A 1,045-acre neotraditional planned community centered on a 100-acre town center and a 73-acre lake. The plan calls for 3,370 residential units–of which 300 are completed–as well as retail and employment uses, including a recently completed Apple Computer facility. The development has a pedestrian- friendly environment, including attractive streetscapes, an accessible lake- front, and a planned mixed-use town center featuring shops, a village green, and a community center.


Farrcroft is a 70-acre (28.3-hectare) residential community located on an infill site in the city of Fairfax, Virginia, 18 miles (28.9 kilometers) from Washington, D.C. It is among the first developments in the northern Virginia market area to utilize modified neotraditional planning concepts, including side and rear alleyways with homes engaging the street. The community of courtyard, village, and manor homes features a pool, pocket parks, and walking trails. Ballynahown, a historic mansion built in 1915 by the property’s original owners, has been restored as a focal point for the community. Farrcroft is within walking distance to the schools, shops, restaurants, and services in Old Town Fairfax, a historic town dating from the 1790s.

Belle Creek

Belle Creek is a 171-acre (69-hectare) mixed-income, master-planned, new urbanist community located in Commerce City, Colorado — a suburban area approximately eight miles (13 kilometers) northeast of downtown Denver and west of Denver International Airport (DIA). Upon completion, the development will feature 900 dwelling units — a mix of single-family homes, townhouses, and rental apartments — as well as a town center, and 61,000 square feet (5,670 square meters) of retail and office space and pocket parks. Fronting the town green, the project’s focal point is a “family center” that includes an early childhood learning center, a school, and other community amenities.


Bradburn is a $220 million, 123-acre (49.8-hectare), mixed-use, master-planned new urbanist community in Westminster, Colorado—an inner suburb of 107,000 residents located on the northwest boundary of Denver in Adams County. When completed, Bradburn will feature more than 800 residences—275 single-family homes, 150 townhouses, 310 rental apartments in Bradburn Row, and 33 live/work units—along with 108 apartments sitting above 154,830 square feet (14,384 square meters) of retail space arranged in a main street format. In addition, there will be 29,000 square feet (2,694 square meters) of office space, a preschool, a church, and 16 acres (6.5 hectares) of open space. Comprising three neighborhoods and a village core with shops, restaurants, offices, and residences, Bradburn represents Westminster’s first implementation of new urbanist zoning to create a compact, walkable mixed-use neighborhood.

The Parks of Austin Ranch

Multifamily rental housing being constructed as part of a master-planned new urbanist community north of Dallas, Texas. When complete, the community will include office, retail, and residential uses.

Issaquah Highlands

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Seattle, Washington, Issaquah Highlands is a new 2,300-acre (931-hectare) high-density master-planned community. In this new urbanist–inspired project, only 725 acres (293.5 hectares) of land are devoted to residential and/or commercial development. Most of the remainder is preserved in parks and open spaces. The community mixes single-family homes with townhouses and multifamily buildings. At buildout, the project is expected to have a population of 8,000, with 3,875,000 square feet (360,000 square meters) of commercial and retail space planned by 2010.

Highlands’ Garden Village

Located three miles (4.84 kilometers) northwest of downtown Denver, Highlands’ Garden Village is a mixed-use urban infill project built on the site of a former amusement park. The 27-acre (11-hectare) project features 51 single-family homes, 63 rental apartments for seniors, 54 townhouses, 33 cohousing units, and plans to build ten live/work studios for artists, 14,000 square feet (1,300 square meters) of office space, and 82,400 square feet (7,665 square meters) of neighborhood retail uses. The community boasts a number of outdoor amenities, most notably a series of neighborhood parks and gardens that occupy 3.2 acres (1.3 hectares). Highlands’ Garden Village has garnered national attention for its preservation efforts, as well as the site’s numerous “green features” including recycled wood furniture in the parks and the “Zipcar” share program, which provides compressed, natural gas-powered cars for the use of residents.