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Nederveld was hired as the lead planning firm to help create the new town of Laurent, located in South Dakota. By utilizing the charrette process, during an intensive seven day event, Nederveld brought together the developers, future residents, stakeholders, county commissioners and other municipal officials to design a new town plan.This charrette process led to a plan that met with the approval of all involved, including residents that were originally against the development. The town plan incorporates a town center with a densely knit mix of retail and residential along with civic buildings and public squares. As the town grows into the landscape, residential neighborhoods will be platted adjacent to this urban core. Nederveld led a team of nationally renowned new urban design firms in the creation of Laurent. The design is inspired by the Transect, which is a planning tool that incorporates the entire spectrum of the human habitat, from the urban core to the rural preserve. This transect based planning led the team to begin to craft a new zoning ordinance for the town.This zoning was needed in McCook County to allow a town like Laurent to be built. Nederveld worked closely with the McCook County planners, the Southeastern Council of Governments, and the public to create a form-based zoning code that was acceptable to all. This code offers enough flexibility to allow a town like Laurent to be constructed, with a fine grain mix of uses, a traditional neighborhood pattern and numerous street types.
The Midtown Neighborhood Association hired Nederveld along with Lott3Metz Architecture and Past Perfect of Grand Rapids to lead a visioning process in the Brikyaat quarter of the Midtown Neighborhood in Grand Rapids. The process allowed residents, business owners and neighborhood investors to identify their “ideal community” for use in forming plans for the future configuration of the neighborhood. The resulting master plan includes a reconfigured farmers market on the east side of the neighborhood, proposed multi-family to transition from the market to the existing preserved single-family homes, and sensitive residential infill to the existing urban fabric. Additionally, the Fulton Street Business Corridor is augmented with mixed-use infill buildings with storefronts at the street level.Planning is now complete for the project and the final phase of the project is commencing. This implementation phase will integrate the concept plan into an area specific plan that will become part of the City of Grand Rapids Master Plan. This will become one of the first area specific plans to be implemented in Grand Rapids from a neighborhood scale.
Knollwood is Holland Township’s first neo-traditional community. The first phase of the project is currently under construction, and upon completion will have 120 homes, all with front porches and traditionally inspired details. Approximately half of the homes will have garages located on narrow alleys. The neighborhood plan is based on a gridded street layout forming pedestrian scaled blocks. A central park is defined by tree-lined streets and single family homes. This two acre park features a pavilion and a swimming pool, with the pavilion acting as a terminal vista to the entry street. Streets have sidewalks on both sides to encourage pedestrian connection throughout the neighborhood.