Smart Growth from the Ground Up 
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DETAILS

LocationSan Joaquin County, California, United States
ClientTrimark Communities
Size4,700 acres

SWA provided comprehensive master planning services for a new 4,700-acre community located near the foothills of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Envisioned as a sustainable, “smart growth” town located on less productive agricultural land, the community is designed to provide an internal balance of jobs and housing to mitigate traffic impacts. Working for the master developer in coordination with County agencies, SWA assisted in organizing a Community Services District to finance infrastructure for the new town. The major planning objective was to establish a true town, comprehensively planned to support a viable mixed community. The concept offers the following opportunities: • A balance of jobs, housing and community services, and a financial structure to pay as it grows. • A better way to manage growth and protect agriculture. The project resulted in a compact pattern of community development located on less desirable farmland, and serves as a fiscal relief valve to the County. • A location near existing transportation facilities and job centers on poorer quality farmland, making Mountain House a superior location for a planned community within the region. Mountain House Metrics • 4,700-acre new community • Accommodate 45,000 people in 16,000 units • Provide 13,100 jobs Mountain House Elements • Town center square and lake • Three village centers • Twelve neighborhoods each with K-8 school & neighborhood • Affordable family housing • Pedestrian oriented shopping • Full range of civic uses • Commercial and industrial zones • Conservation Corridor along Mountain House Creek • Bikeways and shelterbelts • 400-boat marina • Riverfront park on Old River • Golf course

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