Prospect, Neighborhood Groups
New Urbanism is a planning concept which seeks to redress the placeless-ness of conventional, post-war American suburban development. It was conceived in the early 1990’s by a small group of architects and planners from Florida and California including Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, the designers of Prospect. It employs many of the precepts of early 20th century American town planning, while addressing the dictates of early 21st century life. It is rapidly gaining favor among forward thinking designers, developers and elected officials.
In Prospect, the principles of New Urbanism are employed to create a safe, walk-able, and close-knit but diverse community. Its streets are laid out in a compact, interconnected network and link, at the borders of the development, with established city or county roadways. Right-of-way widths, building heights and setbacks, and mandatory architectural elements such as porches and stoops are all carefully calibrated to create inviting and varied public spaces of the streets themselves.
Prospect’s many parks are clearly formed public spaces, defined by the size, shape and disposition of the buildings bordering them. A variety of other public amenities such as a tot lot, a dog park, a swimming pool, and a farmer’s market are in place to promote neighborhood interaction. Garages are accessed from a system of rear alleys, which also accommodate garbage collection and recycling services.
Prospect is a mixed-use development with a variety of building and use types and a range of price levels. In addition to detached, single-family houses, it incorporates town and courtyard houses, apartments, live-work units, and commercial retail, office and restaurant space. Accessory units above detached garages are encouraged, and can be used as guest or rental housing, or office space. This broad range of options allows residents to live, work and shop in the same neighborhood, and to walk from one activity to the others. It also means that when a resident’s life circumstances change, with the arrival or departure of children to or from their household for instance, their housing type can change accordingly without the need to leave the community.
Neighborhood Grant Projects
Prospect has an active HOA which operates in conjunction with a property management company. As a neighborhood designed to foster a sense of community, there are many social events in place. They include: bi-weekly FAC or wine tastings in the homes of residents, a book club, a Bunko group, a poker tournament, a Christmas cookie exchange, a progressive dinner on New Year’s Eve, movies and music performances in the park in summer, ice cream socials, neighborhood garage sales and recycling, a welcome committee, and more.
Prospect has recently applied for its first neighborhood grant for the purpose of facilitating the welcoming nature of our community.
Prospect, Colorado’s first New Urbanist community, is located on a former 80 acre tree farm in the southeast corner of Longmont. When Prospect’s developer, Kiki Wallace, bought the farm from his family his goal was to build a distinctive project which would minimize negative impact on the land. He hired Duany Plater-Zyberk, the internationally recognized planners of Seaside, Florida and Kentlands, Maryland, to give form to his vision. The result is a uniquely livable blend of traditional and modern planning concepts, built out in a broad range of architectural styles.
The neighborhood, now in its fifth phase of development, will eventually have up to 585 units on 340 lots.
In 1996 Prospect won a Governor’s Smart Growth Award for its innovative alternative to suburban sprawl. In addition, numerous articles have been written about the community documenting its growth and success.
Prospect is located on the southeast corner of Longmont, Colorado on U.S. Highway 287 and Pike Road, in Boulder County.
February 20, 2008