Planned community developers design neighborhoods, retirement communities and, sometimes, complete cities before any construction begins. The increase in urban sprawl in the last 30 years made city planners recognize a need to develop communities that are pre-planned in order to incorporate green space and eco-friendly features into developing areas. Developers of pre-planned towns, called master planned community developments, strive to optimize the number of business opportunities available in a variety of fields from construction to small business ownership.
Business opportunities abound as more and more master planned community developments spring up across the country. Once built, the new communities offer well-traveled shopping districts for small businesses located in the development. Retirement communities, in particular, create opportunities for health care businesses such as pharmacies, doctors and physical therapists.
Planned community developers focus on diverse business projects:
1. During the construction phase and beyond, a planned communities development creates opportunities for architects, engineers, landscapers and other related businesses;
2. In a retirement community development, planners focus on the health, fitness and lifestyle needs of older adults, which means new business opportunities for health care professionals;
3. A master planned community development places housing developments around shopping districts to ensure that small businesses have patrons.
Healthy touches bring planned communities and businesses togetherMany planned communities developments are being designed to promote easy access to businesses by adding health-conscious features. These areas place neighborhoods with wide sidewalks, bike paths and parks in close proximity to corner stores and shopping.
Join a retirement community developer to market your services to older adultsRetirement community developers create complete neighborhoods specially designed for older adults. Developers take into account the residents' desired lifestyles, social needs and potential health challenges as builders create a plan for each development. Retirement communities provide opportunities for exercise centers, pharmacies, physical therapists and other businesses that cater to older adults.
Find planners for your master planned community developments through professional associationsMaster planned community developments can be distinguished from unplanned neighborhoods by their large size and the variety of things to do. Find skilled engineers or architects to design the neighborhoods, homes, businesses and parks in your development through local chapters of industry-specific professional associations.
- Before you begin work on a planned community development, learn about local zoning laws. Find out if any of your prospective development sites are in an economically challenged area. You may be able to receive a government subsidy when you bring business to such areas.