What happens when your population doubles from 10,000 in 2000 to 20,000 today? In the case of Woodstock, Georgia, 30 miles north of Atlanta, the result will be a vibrant downtown rather than sprawl and congestion – thanks to investment in the city core.
They’re off to a good start, with their downtown plan winning a regional development of excellence award followed by a national award (CNU Charter Awards). The plan consists of 340 residential units, 85,000 s.f. of retail and restaurant space, and 22,000 s.f. of office space, including some rather sophisticated mixed-use buildings (pictured).
Check out the master plan here, and note how the building types change accordingly as one walks away from the downtown, with commercial surrounded by mixed-use in the core, followed by multi-family housing, then townhouses, and finally small-lot single-family and courtyard homes, all within a pedestrian-oriented urban fabric.