New Urbanism represents an all-encompassing lifestyle where everything you’d ever need to live, work, recreate, dine, shop and socialize lives harmoniously in one place. This unique combination promotes the creation of walkable, mixed-use communities that are incredibly fun – and convenient – to be part of.
One Loudoun takes New Urbanism to a new level by expanding the principles with five fundamentals of such a lifestyle where culture is expressed through art and technology.
- Harmony: the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole
- Social: companionship derived from community
- Connected: bring together in order to establish a relationship
- Organic: a relationship of sustainable elements that fit together seamlessness to create a whole
- Urban: a physical place of sophistication
10 Principles of New Urbanism
To be considered New Urbanism, a community must follow these ten principles:
- With pedestrian friendly street design, most daily destinations are within a 10-minute walk from home and work.
- Interconnected street grid network disperses traffic & eases walking with a hierarchy of narrow streets, boulevards, and alleys.
3. Mixed-Use & Diversity
- A mix of shops, restaurants, entertainment, offices, apartments, and homes on site. Mixed-use within neighborhoods, within blocks, and within buildings. As well as a diversity of people – of ages, income levels, cultures and race.
4. Mixed Housing
- A range of types, sizes and prices in closer proximity.
5. Quality Architecture & Urban Design
- Emphasis on beauty, aesthetics, human comfort, and creating a sense of place; Special placement of civic uses and sites within the community. Human scale architecture & beautiful surroundings enrich the community.
6. Traditional Neighborhood Structure
- Public space at center.
- Importance of quality public realm; public open space designed as civic art.
7. Increased Density
- More buildings, residences, shops, and services closer together for ease of walking, to enable a more efficient use of services and resources, and to create a more convenient, enjoyable place to live.
8. Green Transportation
- Pedestrian-friendly design that encourages a greater use of bicycles, scooters, and walking as daily transportation.
- Minimal environmental impact of development and its operations, eco-friendly technology, energy efficiency, less use of finite fuels, more local production, and more walking with less driving.
10. Quality of Life
- Taken together, these add up to a high quality of life well worth living, and create places that enrich, uplift, and inspire the human spirit.
Benefits of New Urbanism
Benefits to Residents:
- Higher quality of life
- Better places to live, work, & play
- Less traffic congestion & less driving
- Healthier lifestyle with more walking, and less stress
- Close proximity to main street retail & services
- Close proximity to bike trails, parks, and nature
- Pedestrian friendly communities offer more opportunities to get to know others in the neighborhood and town, resulting in meaningful relationships with more people, and a friendlier town.
- Great savings to residents and school boards in reduced busing costs from children being able to walk or bicycle to neighborhood schools
- More diversity and smaller, unique shops and services with local owners who are involved in community
- Big savings by driving less, and owning less cars
- Less congested sprawl to deal with on a daily basis
- Better sense of place and community identity with more unique architecture.
- More open space to enjoy that will remain open space.
Benefits to Businesses:
- A New Urbanism community helps attract and retain valuable employees that appreciate the culturally sophisticated environment, conveniences and sustainability all of which increase productivity
- Increased sales due to more foot traffic & people spending less on cars and gas
- Better lifestyle by living above shop in live-work units – saves the stressful & costly commute
- Economies of scale in marketing due to close proximity and cooperation with other local businesses
- Smaller spaces promote small local business incubation
- Lower rents due to smaller spaces & smaller parking lots