The U.S. is experiencing a housing crisis, and homebuilders are rushing to meet demand for new single-family housing. Many of today’s buyers are looking for housing that supports a live-work-play lifestyle. Wellness Way, a new development in Central Florida, is being shaped with a focus on creating healthy communities, economic opportunities and affordability, and improved quality of life for its residents and visitors. An integrated team of VHB planners, real estate professionals, and civil engineers are an instrumental part of connecting the community to opportunity, and balancing transportation demand with regional connectivity.
VHB’s close relationships with public and private partners helped fast-track Wellness Way’s development. A healthy balance of jobs-to-housing requires infrastructure to support accessibility, so VHB was enlisted to provide a comprehensive corridor connector study. An arterial roadway will be a critical link that allows residents and commuters from Wellness Way to efficiently reach Downtown Orlando for jobs and various resources. VHB provided key entitlements and site planning work to help connect the new roadway, which is being constructed in segments, to new developments.
VHB worked closely with builders and developers on a sector plan, entitlements, and land-use studies to fast-track multi-housing developments, retail, health and wellness providers, and 3,000 new single-family units. VHB’s civil and traffic engineers laid the groundwork with critical infrastructure enhancements including access to a multimodal trail system for bicycles, pedestrians, and adaptive vehicles throughout the community plan will promote accessibility, economic opportunities, and active mobility.