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Neighborhood Plan Helps Create a Sense of Place by Design

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County is dedicated to raising the bar for workforce housing. They are advancing the cause with a thoughtfully designed new community in East Naples. Our planners and engineers helped rezone 23 acres to expand the Regal Acres neighborhood with an innovative plan for 116 single family homes priced for working families.

Regal Acres II introduces the popular trend of pocket neighborhoods to Collier County, featuring front porch homes that face common greens with alleys to the rear, walking paths, and ample park and recreation space. The community combines livable neighborhood design, traffic calming on-street parking, and homes with a lasting Florida Vernacular architectural style and a variety of exterior finishes for three or four bedroom and two bath floor plans.

We worked with Habitat for Humanity’s development team to collaborate extensively with three neighboring communities. The result is an infill project that is compatible with its surroundings through enhanced buffers, context sensitive positioning of preserves and lakes, and management strategies for common areas.

At the rezoning hearing in October 2018, Collier County Commission Chairman Andy Solis described the site design as a great example of how a landowner can work with the adjoining property owners to come up with the best fit for everyone. He added that he commends Habitat for Humanity on the project and stated, “This is the way it should work.” Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the Residential Planned Unit Development.

For more information, contact Laura DeJohn, AICP at (239) 280-4331 or [email protected].

(Article renderings in PDF courtesy of 3DAS)