The master plan for this unique community includes 400 single-family units on 200 acres with a twist on its farmland roots. Chickahominy Falls is the Richmond area’s first neighborhood that speaks to a farm-to-table and alternative trends to the conventional neighborhood template. Empty nesters and retirees are attracted to a concept that will blend suburban clubhouse living with professionally managed organic farming, producing fresh, local, healthy fruits, veggies, and foods while creating a wonderful and unique outdoor amenity for the residents. Farm-lets or Pocket-Gardens will be dotted throughout the neighborhood.
The community is planned for the 55+ age group with opportunities to experience and enjoy outdoor activities and healthier choices of food. The project included all levels of initial planning and zoning for the neighborhood and its adjacent 10-acre farm, along with design of open and gathering outdoor spaces, walking trails, bike trails around the river and shared spaces.
Due to multiple wetland areas cutting up the site, designers let the land dictate where sections lines would be located. Once sections were defined, the team worked with the grades to see what type of product would best work in those areas. The wetlands and other low-lying areas became ideal for walking trails that connect the whole project together.
For Cornerstone Development, a commitment to environmental preservation and sustainability is important, so the team is tasked with adhering to the low-impact community plan. State-of-the-art conservation practices will protect mature hardwoods, watersheds, and the river.