The Meadows at Frederick Living is designed as an independent living ‘pocket neighborhood’, and features feature 55 cottages developed around two central greens. These cottages feature geo-thermal heating and cooling along with spacious, open floor plans. We worked with the local municipality to craft a text amendment to the township’s zoning ordinance for development of this innovative ‘pocket neighborhood’ concept. By strategically placing cottages around the central greens, Frederick Living offers a unique living experience that provides a sense of place for their residents. Aiding in the health and wellbeing of the community, this concept has been shown to facilitate and encourage social interaction among neighbors. In addition to the social benefits, the ‘pocket neighborhood’ concept also has many environmental benefits. The design reduces suburban sprawl by purposefully locating homes closer together while preserving surrounding open space. Sustainable site features such as rain gardens, bio-swales, and a regenerative stormwater step pool were incorporated into the site design to improve water quality and provide groundwater recharge. Other site amenities include paved walking trails that connect this new cottage community to the main campus.