Islandview Greater Villages
It’s within these complex and divergent conditions that SmithGroup forged a multifaceted framework plan for the 2 square mile area encompassed by Islandview Greater Villages. The process was shaped through innovative and comprehensive engagement initiatives to ensure the resulting direction cultivated shared authorship in the outcomes. This allowed community insight regarding key amenities, mobility, housing, open space, and civic identity to be woven into the planning process and the resulting directions.
Near term implementation projects emerged at the close of the planning process, weaving together public space, streetscape, and multi-family mixed-use projects along with more comprehensive industrial adaptive reuse. By leveraging emerging development initiatives, and over a decade of strategic investment, the resulting urban design direction is now driving important strategic development initiatives that demonstrate market viability, improve public space, and ensure residents, business owners, and civic leaders recognize the powerful potential for the area.
At the center of this potential are innovative concepts for creating living communities in which residents of all generations can find the housing they need over time in one community. This helps ensure affordability, better utilization, and long-term community stability. This strategy is uniquely linked to the diverse housing offerings in the area, providing important open space improvements in adjacent parcels, as well as increased walkability, and local access to employment opportunities, amenities, and services.