What’s a Master Plan City?

Master Plan City West Palm Beach

Do you know what a  Master Plan City is  and what it’s characteristics are? To begin, let’s define a Master Plan City, also known as a Town Plan or Development Plan.

Essentially a Master Plan is the general plan for a city’s future layout. The plan displays current streets as well as proposed streets, open areas, public buildings, etc. A city’s Master Plan could be prepared for overall improvements to an existing city or as a plan for a completely new city, and acts as a comprehensive blueprint for development going forward.

The goal of a Master Plan City is to satisfy current as well as future requirements to meet the needs of the residents. It also encourages wisdom in spending, while realizing the amenities, convenience, and health of the city’s citizens, and restricts indiscriminate growth. A city’s Master Plan helps to avoid future conflicts and allows coordinated and systematic growth of the city.

The plan also acts to scientifically control industry development and avoid population overcrowding which can result in housing shortages, traffic congestion, as well as a lack of public amenities and open spaces.

A Master Plan City will prepare for present and future needs in all areas including:

  • Trade and industry
  • Airports
  • Environmental concerns
  • Transportation
  • Road systems
  • Land use
  • Open spaces
  • Communications
  • Water supply
  • Meteorological and geological conditions
  • Resources
  • Populations
  • Public utilities services
  • Public buildings
  • Town centers
  • Schools
  • Places of worship
  • Medical facilities
  • Parks, playgrounds, and more

A sound Master Plan considers all transportation and traffic needs which will move people and goods within the city as well as community facilities – schools, police, fire, community centers – and parks and open spaces. In addition, a master plan considers neighborhoods and housing as well as economic development to attract new businesses and protect current businesses.

Finally, land use in the master plan will protect the city both environmentally and physically while setting aside the land needed for development in a wide variety of areas – open space and parks, residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, civic, and mixed use.


Westlake, Florida – An All New Master Planned City


Westlake, Florida is a master planned city encompassing 3,800 acres and planned for approximately  4,500 homes. Westlake promises its residents the best of  today including city services, underground utilities, recreational opportunities, and the latest technologies –  and the promise of tomorrow with planned future commercial and retail spaces, and extensive amenities including a vibrant Town Center.

Within the city of Westlake, families will find Sky Cove, a gated, planned neighborhood, limited to only 204 single-family homes. With 11 models featuring three to five bedrooms, Sky Cove allows you to master plan your dream home and build it on any Sky Cove lot.

All Sky Cove homes include luxury upgrades like:

  • Hurricane impact windows and doors
  • Quartz or granite countertops in kitchens, master and secondary bathrooms
  • Oversize quartz or granite kitchen islands
  • Full-size washer/dryers
  • Garages
  • Large backyards

There is a floor plan to fit any family including a multigenerational floor plan with two master bedroom suites.  The community also offers great schools and Westlake Adventure Park  making it attractive to families with children.


The Pros and Cons of Living in an All New Community

As master planned cities and communities spring up around the country, let’s examine the pros and cons of living in one of these all new communities.

Among the positives of living in an All New Community, you will find:


  • New communities carefully plan amenities so that residents have everything they need nearby including shopping centers, schools, daycares, parking, supermarkets, gyms, entertainment, dining, and more.
  • With new home communities, you have many opportunities to personalize your home.
  • When you buy early in a new community with a good location and reputable builder, you can get a better price on your home.
  • New homes feature the best technology from heating and cooling to the latest storage solutions, easy living layouts, and state-of-the- art smart home technology.
  • New master plan communities have green spaces galore, making the neighborhood seem expansive and yet still secluded.
  • New communities, especially gated communities, have higher levels of security.
  • Because people in planned communities tend to move into neighborhoods in phases and at around the same time as their neighbors, , there may be greater opportunities and interest in meeting neighbors socializing and making friends.


While the cons for all new planned communities are few, there are some, including these:


  • Newer planned communities are often further from city centers which may improve your overall quality of life but make your commute longer.
  • In some cases, new communities may limit your ability to personalize certain features of your home to maintain community aesthetics. There may also be covenants restricting additional structures on your property.
  • In exchange for community maintenance and amenities, some planned communities have associations, CDDs and other entities that collect fees from homeowners to maintain communal green spaces and amenities.


Living in a Master Plan Community offers many advantages with very few drawbacks,  with few cons, but the final decision comes down to what you and your family desire and If living in a gated neighborhood within a brand new  master plan city  fits your ideal lifestyle, make an appointment to visit to Sky Cove of Westlake, Florida.


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