Housing choices include: Single family detached,
single family attached, assisted living and foster home.
Mixed use includes: Retail, craft teaching and sales, business
incubator, elder care, Working farm, multiple community / learning
Pedestrian layout: Uninterrupted walking access from homes to
village greensand ceremonial area by river.
Cultural features: Processional greenways for ceremonies, support
for multi-generational housing options, symbolism incorporated
in master plan, elders park, Veterans Park, agriculture within
village area .
Environmental features: Water quality protection, Greenspace
In 1998 the Catawba Indian Nation hired this firm to prepare
comprehensive planning for their new 300-acre ecologically sustainable
reservation. Our staff conducted meetings with the leadership
of the Catawba tribe to integrate tribal traditions into a community
plan that meets current and future needs of the tribe while promoting
the culture of it’s people.
Planning for the Catawba nation enhances access to the economy
by tribal members, housing access, cultural rejuvenation, construction
training programs for construction of homes, elder participation
in the community and life-cycle housing, land preservation, watershed
protection, and agriculture and food supply. The new sustainable
reservation required a discrete and finite master land-use plan
document to be implemented over the course of five years. The
plan includes a mixed-use commercial center and business incubator,
community services center, elder care, foster child home, Village
Green with playing fields, and 4 distinct neighborhoods, each
with their own park and traditional crafts pavillion. The leadership
adopted the planning and Phase 3 is currently under construction.
· Community is arranged into 5 distinct neighborhood clusters,
each with a central green.
· Neighborhood greens include
native craft facilities. Each green links by uninterrupted pedestrian
greenway to the central community green and ceremonial riverside
· Village Main Street is the entrance to the community
and incorporates mixed use and live / work spaces. and introduces
others to the Catawba culture and history.
· Central village green for sports, cultural events, and
the beginning of processions to the riverside ceremonies.
· Work opportunities and occupational training are provided
through home construction by the tribal members.
· Multi-generational concerns are addressed with foster
home, assisted living, and community centers.
· Cultural expression through use of traditional symbols,
agriculture, traditional crafts education and practice integral