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Townscape is continuing its work with private sector clients in the revitalization efforts in Poolesville’s village center.

Poolesville was recently featured in the Washington Business Journal as one of America’s great small towns. Highlights included the new solar installation, the revitalization of downtown and the overhaul of the permitting process.

Poolesville website

Sandy Spring Village

The recently adopted Sandy Spring Rural Village Master Plan puts forth a vision for redevelopment of this historic crossroads community. Townscape provided private sector consultation and town planning expertise to multiple property owners during negotiations during plan adoption.


Renn, a key component of the East Frederick redevelopment, will include 1,050 new homes and 105,000 square feet on non-residential development in a traditional neighborhood pattern consistent with the historic framework found in downtown. As a member of the design team headed by Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Company, Townscape provided town planning, outreach, expert witness testimony, urban design and landscape design services.

Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway

Townscape is working with Gaadt Perspectives in developing the design guidelines and regulatory framework for the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway, a 16 square mile area north-west of Wilmington, Delaware.


Townscape, in conjunction with the Salient Group, recently provided entitlement and visualization support for Verdant Development Group. Marketside is a mixed-use extension and gateway for the Town of Woodsboro.

Greencourt Innovation Center

Townscape provided expert planning testimony during the controversial special exception process for this redevelopment project in the Twinbrook Metro area and helped secure the maximum allowable office space. Greencourt will provide a progressive workplace for companies supporting the Food and Drug Administration. Image courtesy of McInturff Architects..

Emmitsburg Square

In 2013, the Town of Emmitsburg embarked on a revitalization effort for their downtown. Townscape provided landscape, planning, wayfinding and urban design expertise on a multi-disciplinary team headed by Seth Harry and Associates.

Westview South

The residential component of Westview South is now under construction. Townscape assisted Mitchell & Best with master planning, streetscapes, project coordination and landscape design for this 600 home community.

ESDs vs TODs

Dave Ager from Townscape had the opportunity to discuss the conflicts of high density green-field development and the new stormwater management regulations to a national audience.


Bay Forest Club

Bethany Beach, Delaware

Townscape Design developed the entry sequence design, detailing and landscaping for this very successful resort community.

Ocean View Beach Club

Ocean View Beach Club is now under construction. Townscape Design developed the master plan for this “village at the beach”. This new community is only 1.5 miles from the beach on one of the last key infill parcels in the Bethany area. The village will have 460 homes and a mixed-use village center.

Community Energy

Integrated clean energy technologies and community scaled power are potential solutions to grid vunerability. Our office responded to the Governor’s Executive Order on this issue and presented a strategic approach at the APA Regional Conference.Download Presentation

“Green” Gardens

Our landscape architects provide beautiful gardens, sustainable landscapes and green infrastructure that integrates environmentally sensitive stormwater practices and pedestrian amenities into the fabric of the community.

Golden Mile

Townscape Design assisted the City of Frederick in developing a vision for the long-term redevelopment of their key commercial corridor. Download the Golden Mile Small Area Plan here:
Click here to learn about the Golden Mile Small Area Plan.

East Frederick Rising

Townscape Design assisted East Frederick Rising and the City of Frederick in the development of the East Frederick Vision and Development Toolkit. East Frederick is a 1,300-acre redevelopment zone between the historic district and the municipal airport. Visit the East Frederick Rising website to learn more.

Brunswick Crossing

Brunswick, Maryland

Townscape Design assisted CORE Development in conceiving a new shopping district, community center, marketing center and entry sequence for their newest community in Brunswick, Maryland. The community has received strong market acceptance. Visit Brunswick Crossing’s website.

Pattern Books, Design Codes and Ordinances

Townscape Design works with small towns, municipalities, non-profits, developers and builders to create practical development standards to guide future growth.

Recent Projects

Dowden’s Station

Clarksburg Mews LLC recently received approval for rezoning to the planned development ...

Solar Oven Partners

Townscape Design is pleased to announce that it has provided the opportunity ...

Sandy Spring Village Center

The recently adopted Sandy Spring Village Master Plan incorporates several design ideas ...

Notable quotables

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

– Winston Churchill

The work is abundant, we require only a deference born of understanding to fulfill man’s promise. man is that uniquely conscious creature who can perceive and express. He must become the steward of the biosphere. To do this he must design with nature.

– Ian L. McHarg, Design with Nature, 1969

A study of the principles of design, whether they were conscious or unconscious, which have given our villages their beauty, their charm and their character, may well elucidate principles that will be useful in our new building.

– Thomas Sharp, The Anatomy of the Village, 1946

I believe that society must return to basic principles of urbanism, and we collectively must stop wasting resources on untested, technocratic solutions. Only then will cities continue to serve future generations as centers of culture, innovation, and discourse of humankind.

– Dhiru A. Thadani, The Language of Towns and Cities, 2010

The forms of present buildings and settlements are largely the product of an intemperate use of petrochemical energies, of synthetic materials, and industrialized mass production. Traditional towns and villages instead depend essentially on the use of natural local resources and materials, on individual manpower and skills.

– Leon Krier

Patterns (of towns and communities) can never be “designed” or “built” in one fell swoop – but patient piecemeal growth, designed in such a way that every individual act is always helping to create or generate these larger global patterns, will, slowly and surely, over the years, make a community that has these gobal patterns in it.

– Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language, 1977

All sustainability is local.

– Douglas Farr

If a physical theory can’t be explained to a child, it’s probably worthless.

– Albert Einstein

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

– -UN Brundtland Commission, March 20, 1987

Lawns use more equipment,labor, fuel, and agricultural toxins than industrial farming, making lawns the largest agricultural sector in the United States.

– Richard Burdick

Our (town) planning should take its cue from the patterns of nature itself – the water table, the floodplains, the ridges, the woods, and above all, the streams.

– William Whyte, The Last Landscape

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“Perhaps the most famous volume on traditional town planning is Raymond Unwin’s 1909 classic Town Planning in Practice: An Introduction to the Art of Designing Cities and Suburbs. The title is well chosen, because Unwin clearly approached his subject from an artistic point of view, a perspective that is sadly deficient in our profession today.”