Developers get into trouble when they fail to address the following issues in building a new urban community.��
It is much easier to develop a traditional neighborhood development (TND) today than it was a decade ago. At that time, discussions were dominated more by entitlement and financial issues than by design, marketing, and construction. Few tools were available to help in the process. There was no Best Practices Guide from New Urban Publications, no Lexicon, no SmartCode, no National Town Builders Association. There were few built projects to visit and study, even fewer development teams with TND experience, and no email listserves that connected practitioners across the globe.
Despite the advent of new tools, developers continue to make errors that could be avoided. Here is a list of ten common mistakes developers make as they weave their way through the complicated maze involved in creating worthwhile communities:
1. Failure to leverage the charrette process adequately. Many developers continue to view the charrette as simply a planning and design exercise, failing to see that is also a means for securing regulatory subsidies and an unparalleled public relations opportunity, which can help recruit development team members, builders, and potential buyers.