Wormald changes the game with Worman's Mill and its Town 'N' Country Development
Perhaps the most significant innovation Wormald can claim is laying out the first traditional neighborhood development (TND) of the Mid-Atlantic region — Worman's Mill — only the second of its kind in the country. This was a bold move, requiring extensive zoning rewrites and a complete rethinking of conventional planning at the time. But we didn't stop there. We pushed the TND concept still further to create our own Town 'N' Country (TNC) design, blending town-center formality with more free-form rural design in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Choosing to ignore the marketing consultants who said it wouldn't work and the zoning codes which said it wasn't possible, Wormald set out to achieve this vision by rewriting the city of Frederick's zoning laws, with the cooperation of the mayor and the city's planning department. Today, Worman's Mill, which is home to six of our award winning neighborhoods, is a thriving example of what a TNC can be, having received state, national, and even international acclaim.
Hallmarks of Worman's Mill design
- A focus on pedestrian-friendly environments
- Downplaying the presence of the automobile through narrower streets and hidden parking
- A heightened sense of arrival as one approaches the town center
- A centrally located, resort-style Village Square with all retail amenities within walking distance
- An emphasis on parks, often including dramatic water features, that serve as focal points and gathering areas
- A network of paths and pocket parks that converges on the Village Square, the major social hub of the community
- Creative positioning of homes on lots to add variety to the streetscape
- A wide variety of signature architecture in distinct neighborhoods to create a more authentic and visually stimulating context
- Rich and varied landscaping to provide an array of colors, shapes, and textures
- Community-wide access to important natural amenities such as rivers and stream valleys
- Honoring the history and story of the land through the preservation of historic structures, appropriate street naming, and other means
- Establishment of a governing Conservancy to protect the aesthetic beauty and market value of properties in perpetuity