I'd have to do some digging to find it, everything I'm typing is just going off memory as I'm at my home office today.
I think the DRI itself is alloted space for the buildout of I believe 5 schools at capacity.
Lovett probably has all the jpgs at his fingertips.
WAtercolor near Seaside?
In all this discussion I hope we remember what RiverTown was (a mass cleared vacant/stalled development) and look at what it's become. It's a reminder that a project's success isn't just measured in number of sales (such as Durbin/Nocatee), although RiverTown is attracting it's share and growing. It's also about what other values are created or enhanced. This type of community isn't for everyone - but based on where it was three years ago it is a great story.
Suburban development has inherent flaws, but the residents of NW St Johns County have tens-of-millions of dollars in new infrastructure improvements, a beautiful new public park with river access, lots of new trails and open space, and improvements to State Road 13 that will make it more beautiful and much safer for both drivers and pedestrians. Those are all wins that this project created or supported.
What are the specific positives to the plans that have been added since the project was originally planned? I do know that one of the developments (RiverTown Lakes) has removed rear alleys, on street parking, and a connection to another residential area from the original plans in order to add larger, and more traditionally suburban lots. Of course that is likely due to market conditions, but some may say that is a negative change.
Nocatee was originally intended and approved to be much more of a new urbanist style community, particularly where the Publix (Town Center) is now with gridded street, alleyways, and connectivity between neighborhoods. It also has significant preserve space, trails, recreation, and open space. However, due to market conditions the developers significantly modified the plans and it has become a hodge podge of suburban subdivisions. Will RiverTown avoid that route and stay truer to some of the original TND concepts?
For the record, while it may have seemed I was being critical of RiverTown earlier. I was merely pointing out that the article was a little fluffy. RiverTown has a lot of long term potential, it just seems to be behind Nocatee and some other SJC developments in demand right now.
Out of curiosity, how is a lot in RiverTown with on-street parking and an alley any more urban or connected than a conventional lot with a front facing garage? They're both 27 miles from the central city, right? The answer, it isn't.
For example, my house in Avondale had an alley. My neighbor across the street didn't. Mine was no more or less "new urbanist" (circa 1907) than my neighbors. We shared the same context. Same goes for RiverTown. It's all a suburban or rural context no matter how the concept of New Urbanism wants to hype it.
The qualities of a community are worth focusing on. Things like sidewalks, parks within walking distance, open spaces, trails, preservation of sensitive ecological systems, etc.. These things were focused on in every village developed so far at RiverTown and they were taken a step further in that they connected to larger recreational/trail systems that were required along State Road 13, and on through to Riverfront Park and the St Johns River. Whenever the commercial development and schools are constructed, you might expect the same emphasis on pedestrian connectivity to carry on.
You asked about specific improvements. The pace of SR-13 has been slowed allowing safe pedestrian access to the river. The pedestrian connections between the Main Street District and Lakes District are stronger, with the elimination of roads and replacing them with pedestrian trails, and a stronger visual connection to the river has been created with the reconfiguration of the entry and alignment with Riverfront Park. And - we've created a killer playground at the community park, including a 13-foot tall "king of the hill mound". :-) There's nothing like that playground anywhere!
It's true that RiverTown is behind Nocatee and others. They all started development and sales 5-7 years ago. RiverTown has just re-launched (I hate that term) within the past year or so.