New Directions & Perspectives

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We are exploring creative place-making and addressing local employment, job creation and social enterprise strategies. Recent neighborhood plans integrate community and economic development including: • A craftsman district allowing shops in residential neighborhoods, • A local main street with prefabricated cottages for small businesses, • Incremental change with cottage district evolving to vertical mixed use, and • Partnerships and programs to improve access to healthcare, healthy food, employment and training opportunities. Our innovative plans for new communities are exploring lifestyle choices including: • Encouraging local professional and service business in homes and accessory buildings along a Main Street, • Creating community through inclusion of community uses clustered around a rural town square, • Retaining farm heritage through community sponsored agriculture program, and • Providing seniors high quality of life. The neighborhood will include mix of home and care options, opportunities to actively engage in neighborhood based recreation, education and social enterprise programs. Illustrations by Jim Collins.