TND stands for Traditional Neighborhood Development, which is a land development philosophy focused on creating robust, interconnected communities. TND Communities are rich with benefits such as walkable spaces such as uninterrupted sidewalks. This environment is perfect for a stroll with the dog and a short walk to visit a neighbor. TNDs also features beautiful greenspaces such as Hartness Community's Grand Lawn, relaxing hiking trails, and amenities such as a town square for community gatherings, shopping, and education. Hartness' vision for this TND community is to create an interconnected residential experience that makes it easy to participate in daily activities such as shopping, going to the post office, even exercise and relaxation.

TNDs also emphasize thoughtful scale – within a 5-minute walk of every home will be an amenity worth walking to – a park, plaza, amenity or the Village Center. Public and private spaces have equal importance, creating a balanced community that serves a wide range of home and business owners. The inclusion of civic spaces – in the form of plazas, greens, parks and squares — enhances community identity and value.

Finally, multiple modes of transportation are considered. In a TND, neighbors and residents are served by a network of paths, streets and lanes suitable for pedestrians as well as vehicles. This provides residents the option of walking, biking or driving to places within their neighborhood.

If you’re interested in reading the Charter for the New Urbanism, which defines the planning principles of a TND, you can find it here.

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