New Urbanism Village Goes Green

January/February 2007
A version of this article appears in the January/February 2007 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 01, 2007
Sonoma Mountain Village, a new infill mixed-use development, will showcase green building and New Urbanist principles, which promote planning and architecture that create human-scale, walkable communities and cities. Located in Rohnert Park, a small city in Sonoma County, California, about 45 miles north of San Francisco, the 200-acre site will provide homes for 5,000 residents and jobs for 3,000 people. Construction on the project began in late 2006.  The contractor is Codding Enterprises, a family-owned business that has been building in Sonoma County since 1849. New Urbanist Principles Sonoma Mountain Village aims to replace and then exceed the more than 3,000 area jobs that used to exist on this site. Sonoma Mountain Village’s architecture and land plan will provide many pedestrian-friendly amenities to the local community and are estimated to cut auto trips by 40%. Public transit stops are planned within 1/2 mile of every workplace, with shopping and community parks a quick walk away. As a live/work community, the development will provide employment in the industrial, medical, consulting, retail, and personal-services sectors. These businesses are planned to occupy more than 500,000 ft2 of custom industrial and office space, ranging from 10,000 ft2 to 250,000 ft2, all centrally located within Sonoma Mountain Village’s 25-acre business ...

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