Our urban planners and landscape architects understand the importance of creating neighborhoods and communities with gathering spaces where residents can interact and develop a sense of connection. This requires the right mix of product types for the market: recreational activities, balanced with services and employment, to capture trips and minimize vehicle miles traveled.
SITE DESIGN AND INFILL DEVELOPMENT
Remnant infill parcels often have unique and complex challenges that have prevented them from developing. The approach must seek to “knit” them into the existing urban fabric, improve housing choice, and add jobs or services that are complementary to the neighborhood, community, and contribute to the vitality of the whole.
Every jurisdiction has a street or thoroughfare, perhaps several, where the energy and skills of a wide-ranging team is needed to chart a course toward a better future. Wood Rodgers has an in-house team. We efficiently and effectively inventory existing conditions, analyze infrastructure, provide community outreach and social media programs, prepare design guideline documents and policy plans, develop cost estimates, and provide pragmatic phasing programs.
Clients trust us to manage their consultant teams and represent projects through the entitlement process, and gain the necessary permits and approvals to allow the project to proceed toward construction. We have established credibility with staff at local agencies and community groups and can scale our involvement up or down depending on client needs.
Our experience includes evaluating and preparing environmental documents while complying with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other Agency regulations.
Project Case Study
Size: 577 Acres
Features 3,500 dwelling units
Northlake is one of the most innovative efforts in the region to integrate traditional neighborhood design principles with transit-oriented development. A light rail transit station is located at the central core of the community and a mix of retail, office, and housing types will support transit ridership. In addition, the community is located directly east of Metro Air Park, a major employment center. Lakes and canals provide an attractive visual and recreational amenity, with pedestrian trails at the water’s edge. The grid pattern of streets allows excellent connectivity between uses and encourages walking and biking.