Westwood Staff Experience
- Master Planning and Design
- Preliminary Platting
Covering 832 acres, this master-planned community falls under the jurisdiction of both cities of Chandler and Gilbert, Arizona. Having different regulations and processes, the cities and the project team expected that it would take at least two years for the development plan to get approved. While employed at another firm, Westwood’s land development manager, Howard Cornell, put together a set of standards for the project that both cities would eventually agree to. Howard’s design had the plan approved in one year. Howard joined Westwood in 2015, and the development is three-quarters built.
A Master Plan that Sells in a Downturn
Applying a centralized concept throughout, the master plan has been highly praised by the developer. Commercial area at the center of the development serves the whole area, and each section has a centrally-placed grade school. The development includes multi-family homes and single-family lots to support a diverse community. Despite being on the market largely during an economic downturn, the development did not slow and sold well, in part due to the design and Lennar’s new house model,
The design also incorporates plenty of water features, which Howard named ‘babbling brooks’. The various creeks and waterways connected the many sections of the development and tied back into the lakes that had been created. The property originally had a floodplain channel running through it which was excavated to create lakes. The excess dirt from the floodplain was used to raise lots out of the floodplain for an efficient and effective development plan.