The term “master planned community” (MPC) typically conjures an image of vast developments with collections of sprawling, mostly homogeneous neighborhoods. But right here in the Triangle, a new breed of MPCs are creating communities with a focus not just on where people live, but how they live — a more holistic design approach that incorporates recreation, employment, entertainment, learning, shopping, dining, worship and especially, a sense of community and place.
Here, neighborhoods with a diverse mix of housing options are integrated with outdoor spaces, entertainment venues, restaurants, services and offices. And it’s all very intentionally interconnected. ”I think we need to come up with another name for master planned communities,” laughs Vanessa Jenkins, executive vice president at Preston Development Company, developers of Chatham Park, a 7,000-acre new community just outside of Pittsboro. “What we are doing at Chatham Park is