New Urbanism

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

To be considered New Urbanism, a community must follow these ten principles:

1. Walkability

  • With pedestrian friendly street design, most daily destinations are within a 10-minute walk from home and work.

2. Connectivity

  • 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.

9. Sustainability

  • 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.
The benefits of New Urbanism are vast – for both those living and working in communities built around this concept. And it’s no wonder, with everything you might ever need just a walk away, the perks are virtually endless!

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

Source: www.newurbanism.org