- GrowSmartRI Smart Growth Award Outstanding Smart Growth Project, 2013
The neighborhood plan for Sweetbriar is based on the principles of Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND). The plan articulates the locations of affordable homes and public spaces, forming several distinct neighborhoods within the overall community.
The neighborhood plan emphasizes the community aspects of the neighborhood and provides not just the image, but the function, of a traditional street. Duplex units are combined under single roof lines in a variety of configurations to suggest the scale and detail of the single-family homes typical in the adjacent neighborhoods. Open space was purposefully designed to provide a setting for community life. Many of the adjacent neighborhoods in Barrington, which objected strongly to the project in the initial stages, have come to embrace Sweetbriar as an extension of their community.