Kentlands is one of the first and among the most successful communities developed using design and planning techniques known as “neo-traditional” and generally falling under the rubric of the New Urbanism. New urbanism is the concept of building from scratch a walk-able, mixed-use city neighborhood or new town that provides an attractive alternative to the spread out, auto-centric, subdivisions common to post-World War II suburban American. Kentlands is built around a farmstead previously owned by Otis Beall Kent.
The development, begun in 1988, contains buildings from the original Kentlands farm, about 2,300 residences — that include single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums, apartments and elder housing — a “downtown” commercial district, open spaces including protected natural areas and pocket parks, and civic uses including schools, a church, and an arts center. Kentlands, along with its sister community Lakelands, has more than 8,000 residents, with office and commercial development totaling more than 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2).
For more background, see History of the Kentlands.
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