Crossroads, Hamlet, Village, Town: Revised Edition

PAS Report 523/524

By Randall Arendt

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The first edition of this best-selling report by Randall Arendt, published in 1999, broke new ground by offering specific design guidance to planners, developers, and others involved in laying out, regulating, and reviewing proposals for traditional neighborhoods-new villages, hamlets, and subdivisions that are an exciting, greener subset of conservation design.

Like the first edition, this extensively and beautifully illustrated report addresses many particulars of residential site design and the use of open space, parks, squares, greenways, and greenbelts. It provides detailed and tested development guidelines for the broad area of development concerns that exists between macro (e.g., zoning) and micro (e.g., window placement) issues.

The ordinance and subdivision regulations in Part 3 have been fully revised to make them easier to implement.

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May 1, 2004
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1. Historical Overview
The myth of the colonial New England village • The rise of the grid • The tide turns: romanticism and the rural ideal • The Anglo-American suburb

2. Illustrated design principles
Context and edge • Internal design issues

3. Model village design ordinance
Model subdivision ordinance for village development • Model zoning provisions for village development

List of resources
Hunterdon County, New Jersey, community design workshop
Architectural design guidelines (sample)