If you’re interested in learning about some of the factors which determine whether or not a community is a sustainable community, simply continue reading to discover some of the key attributes which the vast majority of sustainable communities share according to the Terra Group!
What is a sustainable community?
1. A community which boasts a safe environment for all residents
A sustainable community will boast a safe environment for all residents and will be a safe area for young family’s to raise children and for retirees to live out their golden years. While young professionals will feel safe enough to catch public transportation, after a night spent out on the town, dancing the night away.
For a community to be sustainable it must also be serviced by local law enforcement and should be located within a short drive of a local police station. If it doesn’t boast it’s own police station.
Furthermore, a sustainable community should offer brightly lit up streets which are safe to walk at during the evenings and pathways to get from public transportation stations such as bus stops to residential homes, without residents having to walk through dimly lit shortcuts.
2. A sustainable community offers a wide variety of essential services and facilities
A sustainable community will offer a wide variety of essential facilities and services such as public schools, doctors’ offices, and libraries. Furthermore, not only is it essential that a sustainable community offer enough of these services to meet the demands of its current population but neighborhood planners should also plan to be able to meet future demands of a growing, expanding community.
3. A community which is adequately linked to the nearest city center
In order for properties in any given community to remain in hot demand, it’s crucial that the community in question be adequately linked to the nearest city center. Where the majority of residents will commute to on a daily basis for work.
Neighborhood planners should ensure that their neighborhood can be accessed by bus and train and that cycleways are created in order to encourage residents to cycle to and from the city as an alternative option.
4. A community which offers a decent amount of shops, bars, and restaurants
In order for a community to expand, it must feature a decent amount of shops, bars, and restaurants, which residents can frequent on a daily basis. As a bonus, the more shops, bars, and restaurants that a community offers the more jobs will be created for its residents. Which will decrease the community’s unemployment rate. Which is great news as a high unemployment rate normally increases a community’s crime rate.
5. Enough outdoor spaces to keep future residents happy
Each neighborhood should offer a wide array of wide open spaces such as parks and hiking tracks, which local residents will be able to enjoy together.
In conclusion, a community which is sustainable in the long term will offer enough facilities and amenities to accommodate future generations as well as current generations of residents and will boast a detailed plan for future expansion.