Montgomery Farm Pattern Book Establishes Sustainable Planning Principals

(June 23, 2010) Montgomery Farm Pattern Book establishes sustainable planning principals.

Today, Montgomery Farm serves as a 500 acre pilot project within the City of Allen – one demonstrating the benefits and value added from a more creative and environmentally sensitive approach to development.

This Montgomery Farm Pattern Book establishes sustainable planning principals and development standards that have grown out of Montgomery Farm’s history of environmental conservation. Concepts now being successfully pursued include innovative design principles, plan layouts, and regulatory standards. Some reflect proven concepts recommended by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and supported by the new Leadership in Environmental and Energy Development (LEED) program. Others reflect practical lessons learned by the many national and local planners, architects, engineers, lawyers, consultants and advisors who are part of Montgomery Farm’s Planning Team. Collectively these will create a community that contributes to air quality, water quality and energy conservation.

This Pattern Book is created as a regulatory tool to guide development within Montgomery Farm. This regulatory framework allows for the implementation of sustainable practices supported by current scientific research and planning/ design innovations. Therefore, the Pattern Book establishes development standards for Montgomery Farm, and, in so doing, both amends and creates standards beyond those required in the current Allen Land Development Code. Their acceptance is yet another cooperative partnership between the City of Allen and Emerson Partners and demonstrates the City’s recognition of this opportunity to pioneer and encourage more sustainable development in North Texas.Texas Land Trust Council publication calls Allen project a “landmark development”.

More information on Montgomery Farm can be found at or by contacting Philip L.
Williams, President & General Partner, Emerson Partners, Inc. 214.902.7101 or email at
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