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Penn State Extension: Traditional Neighborhood Development…

January 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Traditional Neighborhood Development: Planning Walkable & Connected Communities

1.25 CM credits (pending approval)

Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) is a design technique that replicates historic development patterns found in American towns that mimic those built in pre-1950s America before the shift to low-density, automobile-dependent suburban developments. and applies their basic elements to new development projects. TND includes compact, pedestrian friendly development with a mix of land uses in a town setting.

The PA Municipalities Planning Code defines Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) under Article VII-A -as follows: “Traditional neighborhood development, an area of land developed for a compatible mixture of residential units for various income levels and nonresidential commercial and workplace uses, including some structures that provide for a mix of uses within the same building. Residences, shops, offices, workplaces, public buildings, and parks are interwoven within the neighborhood so that all are within relatively close proximity to each other.

This webinar will discuss Traditional Neighborhood Developments under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Code as well as learn how TND has occurred in Chester County & Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. In Chester County several developments built over the past few decades have incorporated TND characteristics. Many have these developments took a hybrid approach that combines some conventional design techniques. Some of nuances of these developments and explain the tools we use to guide new development will be highlighted.

Cranberry Township’s history of TND’s will be presented including the origins, transformation, successes and challenges associated with TNDs that the Township has experienced. There will be examples of existing and proposed TNDs and will explore the nuances among Cranberry’s variety of TND Developments that are allowed.

For more information contact Peter Wulfhorst (ptw3@psu.edu or 570-296-3400 ext. 1445)


January 19, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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