It’s the mark of a higher standard, more appealing neighborhoods, better commercial centers — Quality Planned Developments.
The QPD seal presented by the West Houston Association and the North Houston Association signifies that a master-planned community or commercial or retail center has met the stringent mandates of superior development found in trendsetting quality living and working communities. To the home buyer, retailer, or commercial business, this is a sign that developers are committed to the success of the project, creating a community that will hold its value and be well-maintained for years to come. Developers will find value in holding the QPD designation, as the market has responded enthusiastically to those enterprises that have taken the extra steps to create vibrant, sustainable developments.
At the heart of Quality Planned Developments are prescribed design and amenity qualities commonly found in superior master-planned communities, commercial centers and mixed-use developments. These quality standards blend seamlessly into the fabric of a development, creating a place where people want to live, want to work and want to play.
Residential Quality Planned Developments incorporate standards like these:
- Restrictive covenants that promote community character and ensure the community is governed and well maintained
- Uniform signage and fencing for visual appeal and in line with community supported standard
- Lighting that complies with “night sky” standards
- Intentional landscaping, monumentation, and community art provide a welcoming atmosphere
- Sidewalk and trail systems that allow for increased internal continuity and mobility
- All residential units are located within a quarter mile of a park or open space accessible by sidewalk or trail
- Detention basins designed and constructed as an amenity to provide dual use purposes for flood control and recreation
- Deed restrictions on vacant land or proposed commercial areas
Commercial Quality Planned Developments incorporate standards like these:
- Restrictive covenants on commercial property to maintain character and appearance
- Landscape buffer areas, sidewalks and pedestrian connectivity for adjacent developments, and amenitized detention areas
- Screened parking areas, segregated loading areas, trash dumpster enclosures and screened mechanical equipment
- Uniform signage and restricted size and number of signs for multi-tenant developments
Mixed Use Developments incorporate standards like these:
- Development mix includes retail commercial, office and residential in a single master plan by a single master developer/owner
- Mixed residential component with a diverse blend of single-family housing, townhomes and multi-family
- Compact development footprint to human scale with outdoor spaces and landscape features
- Prescriptive architecture with a cohesive identity
- Parking designed to enrich and support the streetscape with no barriers for pedestrians.