New Community Design (NCD) offers a distinct alternative to the developmental "sprawl" that has dominated real estate growth over the last 50 years. NCD principles can be used to create vibrant neighborhoods of housing, parks, and schools within walking distance of shops, civic services, jobs, and transit - in short, a modern version of the traditional American town of times past. By many accounts, these are the types of neighborhoods many Americans want, but few are offered. Key features of NCD include extensive mixed land use, reduced land consumption, community centers, ample green space, transportation options, and building designs that reflect the local culture and harmonize with the natural environment. NCD projects also can help improve public health, preserve open space, and enhance environmental quality.