Hendrick Farm actively challenges the current notions of zoning and planning. Built on the principles of Adaptive Development, it is the first community of its kind in Canada. By interconnecting land use, walkability, sociability, commerce, healthy neighbourhood design, and local agriculture, Hendrick Farm captures a genuine sense of place.
Adaptive developments incorporate layers of planning that reflect the historical, social, and environmental realities of a specific site.
Adaptive Development is a concept pioneered by Landlab as an extension of the core principles of New Urbanism. Adaptive Developments seek to design and build meaningful places that are responsive to their surroundings and, ultimately, create economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable communities for people and nature.
Each Adaptive Development is designed to complement the land’s physical shape and geography, its people, its history, and its place within the local community. In this way, each project is as unique as the land on which it is developed. These developments reject traditional notions of zoning in favour of people-centred form and function. Hendrick Farm is designed to blend beautifully with the local and natural environments. Clusters of houses are connected by a network of sidewalks, green corridors, and footpaths for maximum walkability, and to preserve more than half of the land’s green spaces. Social interaction is encouraged through civic spaces, while agricultural fields integrate food production at a social and cultural level.
“Hendrick Farm…is a vision of a healthier, more viably sustainable lifestyle choice for a new generation.” ~Toronto Star
Constructed with real materials, the homes at Hendrick Farm are timeless. Taller ceiling heights allow for larger windows and more natural lighting, giving homes an open, airy feel. Equal importance has been paid to the fronts and backs of all homes. With front porches providing a social connection between the homes and the community, Hendrick Farm has worked closely with renowned planning firm DPZ to reclaim urban design for homeowners and pedestrians by shifting garages to rear laneways.
“One Ottawa area development that has recently got it right is the Hendrick Farm project in Old Chelsea, where high quality finishes and intolerance for builder basic standards has produced well-built, solid houses with the intent to create a tangible sense of community.” ~Ottawa Magazine
Nestled in the heart of Old Chelsea village, Hendrick Farm forms a natural extension to this 200 year-old village and its surroundings. Close to everything, it is still a world away.