Compact, diverse neighborhoods with accessible opportunities to live, work and play supports community stability, public infrastructure and services.
Kentlands was one of the first year-round communities that were designed as a Neo-traditional or New Urbanist community in the United States with a lively town center. Main Street in Kentlands has small town shops and neighborhood commercial centers along its boulevard that is convenient for walking and biking. Rodgers Consulting was involved in this award winning community from the beginning, working on site planning, engineering and environmental issues, including on the charrette team that included Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Rodgers Consulting was also involved with the majority of coordination and plan approval with the City of Gaithersburg, in order to implement the vision of the charrette team. Some of the ground-breaking features of this community include: typology codes, intermixed land uses, modified street designs, roundabouts, modified parking standards, the inclusion of local services in neighborhood design and the use of the 5 minute walk to establish the reasonable limits to neighborhoods.