Plan caption: The organic block and street structure
A 160-acre, 1,000-unit traditional neighborhood development (TND) was planned in early September for a quarter-section greenfield site in Omaha, Nebraska. The organic nature of the block structure created by planner Placemakers and lead urban designer Bill Dennis is in sharp contrast to the geometrically square site (see plan). The block and street pattern grew out of natural landscape features, the planners said.
The plan includes an extensive green space network (shown as white ribbons in the plan), and a mixed-use town center (at lower left of the plan, with a crescent shaped green). It also features a central commons with a community center. The plan incorporates many community oriented features, ranging from a large fire pit and hearth to a farmers’ market. Developer Herb Freeman anticipates approvals as early as mid-2007, with groundbreaking soon after, according to the Omaha World-Herald.