Corner, VA; Georgetown Redevelopment, Redding, CT; Kentlands New Town (DPZ), Gaithersburg, MD; Ocean View Redevelopment, Norfolk, VA; and New Post New Town, Spotsylvania County, VA, as well as nu- merous other redevelopment areas and new towns.
Planning Philosophy In planning redevelopment projects and new communities, MGA un- derstands how to form a strong sense of community and local iden- tity. We also have embraced the philosophy of New Urbanism and Transit-Oriented Development where appropriate and feel that West Windsor-Princeton Junction Redevelopment Area is an excellent loca- tion for both. As with all of our projects, solutions begin with innovative programming and planning in the context of local zoning and land use regulations. Since such developments are frequently built in phases, particularly if they are developer-driven, it is important to establish a strong overall plan at the outset in order to preserve the integrity of the program over time.
MGA’s planning philosophy addresses both pragmatic and symbolic ne- cessities. It is of course essential to solve the pragmatic problems posed by the site, including vehicle and pedestrian circulation, use mixes, and density and household income goals, with potentially conflicting ramifi- cations for community design, local design guidelines and regulations, funding sources and marketing factors, and sometimes, the realities of multiple developer/owners. Equally important, however, is the develop- ment of a strong conceptual organization – a vision – for the project, which allows the identification and separate development of individual components without compromising the identity of the entire ensemble. To achieve this our plans have a sense of hierarchy, which reinforces community organization, vehicle and pedestrian circulation and way- finding, as well as environmental sustainability. We are particularly in- terested in the relationship of buildings to open space such that the open space contributes to the sense of place rather than simply being residual. We also are interested in the relationship between public and private realms. Creating a village center, for example, can focus the community and assure it social viability.
New urbanist development, as conceived by DPZ, as one of the na- tion’s new urbanism leaders, and embraced by MGA, creates walkable neighborhoods, rather than large, single-use developments connected by streets hostile to pedestrians. It provides a range of housing choices, from apartments over storefronts to single-family homes with yards. Careful, participatory planning ensures that everyone in the neighbor- hood has easy access to the necessities of life, making life easier for
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY