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Community Design

The designed landscape creates the framework for common elements that knit the community together. These elements are intended to bring cohesiveness to the community by engaging the natural vegetation and topography of the site to enhance the livability and identity of the community and to provide transitions to adjacent sites and land uses.

Trees are a major component of the streetscape design and livability of the Placer Vineyards community. Trees provide an attractive setting for walking and bicycle use while shading the sidewalks, street surfaces and adjoining buildings, while improving the air quality and overall environment of the neighborhood. The gateways into the community will help define the separate and distinct areas of the project while providing for a sense of arrival. Placer Vineyards is designed with a series of community and neighborhood entry points. The entryway concept provides a hierarchy of entryway experiences which, when coordinated with the street system, will help orient visitors and community residents to the site. The gateways will also help to establish a coordinated and consistent quality, character and image for Placer Vineyards and aid residents and visitors in navigating through the community.

The centers of activity are the community gathering places that have been specially designed to serve the Placer Vineyards community. Special treatment is given to the design of these mixed-use neighborhood sites with emphasis placed on creating a safe and pedestrian friendly setting with easy and convenient access by multiple means of transit. Two mixed-use village centers are planned for Placer Vineyards with one village center located on the east side of the Plan Area along Watt Avenue. The second village center is located on the west side on Dyer Lane.