What is the West Villages?
The City of North Port has entered into a unique partnership with the private sector through the adoption of the Village District Pattern Planning process. By adopting the Village Land Use Classification and the Village District Pattern Book, the City has examined, and in some cases altered, public policies having the power to influence community design. The City finds it important to examine the cost, benefit, and function of public infrastructure and how these investments might best be planned and built to support the City's vision of sustainability and inclusiveness. The West Villages Village District Pattern Book was crafted to establish a broad community framework within which the private sector can express itself in the building of sustainable Villages, Neighborhoods, and Town Centers.
The West Villages consists of approximately 8,000 acres of annexed land, and shall be developed consistent with the Village Index Map as indicated in the Pattern Book. The Village Index Map is intended to illustrate general locations for future villages, village centers, the town center, and primary roadways.
Village A consists of eight neighborhoods, seven of which are located within Gran Paradiso. Neighborhood 8 is known as The Preserve. Each neighborhood contains one or two neighborhood centers within easy walking distance. Village A provides internal recreational amenities and gathering places for residents, adjacency to a mixed-use future village center, adjacency to a future mixed-use town center, an internal roadway and pathway system that supports and encourages non-vehicular transportation, and connection to an external roadway and pathway system that supports and encourages non-vehicular transportation.
Village B contains two distinct neighborhoods as shown in the Pattern Plan. These neighborhoods, separately known as The Renaissance and The Oasis, are designed to be low density residential communities consisting of single-family attached, detached homes, and multi-family. A predominate neighborhood feature is the sidewalk and multi-modal trail network which will link each neighborhood to neighborhood centers, open space tracts, and the future Village Center. These features facilitate citizen interaction by linking village neighborhoods with on-site and adjacent amenities and facilities. These trails will also provide residents with connectivity to the natural environment.
Village C has four neighborhoods in its development area. This village is known as Islandwalk at the West Villages. There are five neighborhood centers spread throughout the four neighborhoods. The Village designers envisioned an interconnected system of neighborhoods linked with generously-wide pedestrian pathways. These pathways are adjacent to the Village’s conservation tracts and lake areas. The pathways and lakes create an abundance of outdoor areas available for Village residents’ use. The design of the residential units does not restrict water views to just those adjacent to these features but essentially creates properties with dual front lawns; one facing streets and the other facing water features.
Village D, "Main Street Village District"
Village D is envisioned as a vibrant mixed use Town Center that includes a broad mix of retail, commercial, hotel, recreational, office and residential uses. The Proposed Village District Plan for Village D includes four mixed use areas located along the US 41 corridor and West Villages Parkway, which will contain a broad mix of uses, and is envisioned as the primary focus of the more intensive commercial uses. The plan includes one mixed use residential neighborhood, which may include a mix of office, retail, and residential uses. The plan also includes one residential neighborhood, which allows for a range of residential unit types. There is a purposeful transition in intensity from north to south and east to west. The transition is intended to ensure compatibility with the existing village of Islandwalk, to the west, as well as future development to the south and southeast.
Village E will primarily serve as a mixed use residential neighborhood with primarily retail uses along Tamiami Trail. Proposed land uses are envisioned to be commercial retail, mixed use (retail/office) multifamily and/or single family. The boundary for Village E is exclusive of the school site, hospital site and utility site. Recreational amenities will be provided within individual neighborhoods. The provision of open space will be informed by the placement of stormwater management areas, wetlands, greenbelts, preserved upland habitat and vehicular/utility corridors.
Village F will primarily serve as residential neighborhoods, with neighborhood commercial centers in designated locations, as well as Town Center areas, consistent with the approved Index Map. Proposed land uses are envisioned to be single-family detached, single-family semi-detached, townhomes, stacked townhomes, multifamily, neighborhood commercial/retail and mixed use. Recreational amenities will be provided within individual neighborhoods. The provision of open space will be informed by the placement of stormwater management areas, wetlands, greenbelts, preserved upland habitat and vehicular/utility corridors.
A portion of Village G will serve as the home of the new Atlanta Braves Spring Training Facility and Academy. Other proposed uses are envisioned to include mixed use residential neighborhoods, as well as a mix of institutional, commercial, and mixed use development. Recreational amenities will be provided within individual neighborhoods. The provision of open space will be informed by the placement of stormwater management areas, wetlands, greenbelts, preserved upland habitat and vehicular/utility corridors.
Village I is located south of Manasota Beach Road, north and east of the City’s boundaries, and east of Preto Boulevard. Village I will include four Residential Neighborhoods, one Mixed-Use Residential Neighborhoods with civic and potentially commercial uses, and one 80-acre Mixed Use area identified as a Village Center with non-residential and residential uses. The Mixed-Use area will be located at the southwest corner of Manasota Beach Road and Preto Boulevard. The Village is entitled to 2,179 dwelling units, 37,500 square feet of commercial, and 12,500 square feet of office.
Village J will primarily consist of residential neighborhoods with four residential neighborhoods planned that will allow for a range of residential unit types supported by three mixed use areas. This Proposed VDPP for Village J identifies three Mixed Use Areas located primarily along the Manasota Beach Road corridor and West Villages Parkway corridor, which serve a variety of non-residential uses including MU-1 which is proposed for Fire Station #87. These Mixed Use Areas are intended to serve as activity centers and transitional areas. The Mixed Use areas are located at appropriate locations and major intersections to provide transitions from Village F to the north, Village K to the east, and Village I, to the west, while also accommodating the retail, commercial, and office needs of residents and other visitors of Wellen Park.
Village K is bounded by Manasota Beach Road to the north, West Villages Parkway to the west, River Road to the east, and the City boundaries to the south. The Village will consist of four Residential Neighborhoods with a range of unit types, two Mixed-Use Residential Neighborhoods that will provide civic amenities and potentially small-scale commercial uses, and one 96-acre Mixed-Use area identified as a Village Center at the southwest corner of River Road and Manasota Beach Road that will provide various non-residential and residential uses. Village K will also be the site of two new schools – a K-8 school and a High School. The Village has entitlements for 1,893 dwelling units, 750,000 square feet of commercial, and 25,000 square feet of office.