Mill Haven represents a unique opportunity for the Stegner family,
the Laporte Area Planning Advisory Committee, and Larimer County
to create a well-balanced and authentic community. Rather than
the typical irregular shaped lots with gated subdivision mini-mansions
surrounding the lake, Mill Haven will create smaller and affordable
opportunities for a wide variety of households. In addition, the
historic Mill Building will be restored as the focus of the new
neighborhood and public access will be provided to the lake shoreline
for both residents and visitors. The development plan is sympathetic
to the Laporte Area Plan and the comments of residents during
the planning process.
The development plan utilizes a number of design elements that
will ensure a truly memorable sense of place and foster a sense
of community. Streets, small pocket parks and paths are arranged
to create strong pedestrian connectivity and link well-defined
"mini-neighborhoods" together. Detached sidewalks and
tree-lined planting strips separate pedestrians and vehicles.
Large front porches reasonably close to the sidewalk also share
the outdoor room promoting casual encounters, interaction between
neighbors, and a welcoming face to the street for each home.
A mix of building types is employed to respond to different household
compositions and resident income ranges. Sustainability will be
encouraged through diversity and the creation of a true sense
of community. Mill Haven will be truly unique in this regard promoting
and integrating diversity and affordability in ways that conventional
suburban development seldom does.