Monday, March 1, 2010
029 - “Suburban village” model and its components
The suburban villages concept is valuable as it encourages human scale design features, higher densities, environmental improvements, mixed use and opportunities to use transit instead of the car. New developments based on the suburban villages concept offer a choice of housing and lifestyle and potentially an improvement in quality of life. The concept could be appropriate to areas around the City provided developments are well-planned and compatible with their surroundings.
An suburban village is designed with a mix of uses and activities. Buildings front onto the streets and densities are generally higher. The streets are connected and provide direct routes. The community size allows housing, jobs and services to be within walking distance of each other. A diversity of housing types accommodates a range of income levels, a mixed commercial and residential main street and a pedestrian-friendly layout with an emphasis on public spaces.
Within a suburban village, opportunities for meeting other residents are an important part of the village concept. Services such as the corner store, post office, schools and coffee shops are located in the community and within walking distance of homes. Housing for a variety of ages and socio-economic groups is inter-mixed to encourage the interaction of different groups.
Employment, retail uses and community services are located within the community with the aim of reducing travel and building on the benefits of social interaction. Businesses that can provide a range of job types help to maximise local employment opportunities.
A suburban village includes a layout which encourages walking to work, shopping and services. A suburban village may have a transit centre as a focus so that residents are not dependent on car transport. Bicycle paths and direct footpaths encourage non-motorized transport.
An ample supply of open space, parks and green areas provides a pleasant natural environment. The emphasis on transit, walking and cycling helps to reduce the use motor vehicles.
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