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Edge Development

Edge Development

In October 2010, the Edge Development Initiative Council conducted a yearlong study for the city of Hemet, Calif. Led by then-Vice Chair of the EDIC, Peggy Tabas, members of the Initiative Council identified several potential Case Study areas, all of which included key factors typical of Edge Development. Hemet became an ideal candidate, given that it has a significant amount of undeveloped land at its western edge, which presents some outstanding opportunities for future growth, but also significant challenges at the environmental, infrastructural, economic and service levels. City staff in Hemet was particularly interested in working with and supporting the EDIC team in studying the effects of Edge Development. With this in mind, the EDIC selected Hemet for the Case Study area.

Principles of Edge Development
Four teams of ULI members participated in a ULI Orange County/Inland Empire workshop on edge development in June 2009 and attempted to design communities that would not only meet the demand for new housing, but do so in a way that incorporated market demand, shifting demographics, sustainable living practices and, of course, economic viability.  The two-day exercise required each team to consider how edge development could co-exist with a new anti-sprawl mentality.  A report was created called, “Principles of Edge Development:  A New Vision for Designing on the Edge.”  The report was the result of work of over 50 ULI members, who volunteered their time during the summer of 2009, to identify best practices versus a single best practice, in edge development.