Updates from Knight Kiplinger

Mattamy Homes to be Master Developer of Newfield

Jun. 6, 2022

It’s my great pleasure to share with you some exciting news: Mattamy Homes will serve as the master developer of Newfield, the innovative new town in Palm City that I first proposed to the people of Martin County more than five years ago, and which is now nearing the start of construction.   

And I’m equally pleased to tell you that I will remain engaged in Newfield, advising Mattamy on fulfilling my vision and helping their talented executives in every way I can. So will several key members of my local team of professionals—planners, engineers, and consultants—who helped me design this innovative new town, which will be like nothing else ever built on the Treasure Coast. The plan for Newfield is the antithesis of conventional suburban sprawl, and it will broaden housing and lifestyle choices in Martin County.     

Newfield is a labor of love for me – one that has brought me great joy, and I am convinced that Mattamy, with its great track record around America, is the right developer to bring Newfield to fruition. Newfield will rise on land that my family owned for more than 40 years, and I’m pleased that this land will now have wonderful new uses, including its original agricultural use and conservation. 

Mattamy Homes–the largest closely held homebuilder in North America–is experienced in Newfield’s kind of plan, called Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND), with a compact, walkable town center and a mix of housing types and sizes, interspersed with small-scale retail, village greens, schools, civic buildings and a neighborhood farm.    

When I was seeking a master developer for Newfield, I was impressed with Mattamy’s ongoing work at Celebration, the highly acclaimed TND community created by the Walt Disney company over the past 25 years near Orlando. Disney, with its high standards for design and construction, chose Mattamy to create the last phase of Celebration, called Island Village, a 350-acre mixed-use town with various kinds of homes, stores and a new elementary school.     

“Newfield will introduce a new standard for TND and open-space preservation on the Treasure Coast,” says my colleague Dan Grosswald, Mattamy’s Southeast Florida Division president, with whom my team and I will be working closely. “Newfield will be a multigenerational, pedestrian-friendly community that will appeal to a wide variety of current and future Martin County residents,” from young families to empty nesters. 

Mattamy’s deep financial resources and large, experienced team of professionals, assisted by my team and me, will ensure that my bold concepts for Newfield will be realized over the next decade of gradual development. At its completion, Newfield will have some 4,200 residential units of various types, sizes and prices, including single-family detached homes, townhouses, condos and apartments in small buildings. (All of these will honor Martin County’s four-story height limit, of course.)  

Beginning in 2017, I worked closely with Martin County residents and our country government to win approval in 2020 for a whole new zoning category to enable Newfield to be built. Newfield’s Phase 1 will encompass 139 acres, including the new town center, with 1,250 residential units, neighborhood retail, restaurants, small-scale offices, recreational amenities, and ten miles of trails–plus the county’s first gopher tortoise preserve. 

I extended public water and sewer lines out Citrus Boulevard to the site of the Newfield town center last fall and winter, so utilities are in place. Next, Mattamy’s contractors will begin creating new lakes and waterways south of Citrus Boulevard, for recreation and stormwater retention. Fill from those waterways will be used to elevate the town center and other neighborhoods north of Citrus Boulevard. Groundbreaking is expected later this year, with homes sales to begin in the fall of 2023. The first homes are slated for delivery in early 2024.  

To promote walkability and community connection, Newfield neighborhoods will include many homes with front porches set at a comfortable “conversational distance” from the sidewalk, enabling residents to greet neighbors from the front porch and watch their children play safely in the front yard. (Most garages will be behind the homes, so the sidewalk is not cut with front driveways.) 

Of Newfield’s 3,400 total acres (more than five square miles), about 70% (2,300-some acres), will remain as open space–parks, playing fields, a 70-acre working farm with livestock, a citrus grove, wooded hiking, biking and equestrian trails, pastures, wetlands, lakes and canals.  

The most natural, never-touched lands—dense pinelands, wetlands, saw palmetto and sabal palms–will be protected forever in the new Kiplinger Conservancy, which will be more than twice the size of our county’s largest park, Halpatiokee, off Kanner Highway along I-95. The Conservancy will include equestrian trails and pastures with trailheads for access from the neighboring horse communities of Palm City Farms (along Busch Street) and Stuart West, across from Newfield’s northwest corner.  

There will also be a new employment district in the triangle of land between the Florida Turnpike and Boatramp Avenue, with plenty of space for light-industrial uses (light manufacturing, research & development), office parks and warehouse distribution centers, bringing good jobs to Martin County.  

More About Mattamy Homes: 

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with 40-plus years of history across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps more than 8,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. In the United States, the company is active in 11 markets — Dallas, Charlotte, Raleigh, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its U.S. head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida. In Canada, Mattamy Homes’ communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area as well as Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Visit www.mattamyhomes.comfor more information.    

Start Of Construction Underway At Newfield

Jan.31, 2023

Five years after Knight Kiplinger presented his vision for Newfield to the citizens of Martin County, and more than a year after the county commissioners approved the Master Site Plan for Phase 1, construction work began last fall and is moving forward.

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An equestrian future for Palm City’s Newfield community

Mar. 23, 2021

An equestrian future for Palm City’s Newfield community PALM CITY, Fla. (March 23, 2021) — The vast open spaces of Newfield, the new planned community in Martin County, will be a haven for horseback riders, hikers and trail bikers, and a few Palm City neighbors got a preview of this on a trail ride this […] Read more >>

Master Site Plan For Newfield Phase 1 Approved By Martin County Commissioners

Dec. 15, 2020

Martin County’s Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 today to approve the Master Site Plan for Phase 1 of the innovative Newfield mixed-use community, which will set a new standard for traditional neighborhood design and open-space preservation on the Treasure Coast […] Read more >>

FAQs about a Community Development District (CDD)

Dec. 11, 2020

A Community Development District, as authorized under Florida state law, is a legal entity created to fund, maintain and operate certain basic infrastructure and amenities within a Master Planned Community like Newfield, for the primary benefit of the homeowners within it[…] Read more >>

Newfield Advances to BOCC Hearings Dec. 8 and Dec. 15

Nov. 30, 2020

After nine months of cordial negotiations with Martin County staff, our proposed new community of Newfield and the surrounding 500-acre Kiplinger Conservancy are moving towards anticipated Master Site Plan approval, leading to a projected start of development in early 2021[…] Read more >>

Announcing NEWFIELD…the first town at Pineland Prairie

March 3, 2020

This week we filed our Master Site Plan application for the beginning phase of the first phase at Pineland Prairie, which we are calling Newfield. Newfield will embody all the characteristics of “Traditional Neighborhood Design” (TND) that won the praise of local citizens and […] Read more >>

Local Planning Agency again grants strong support for Pineland Prairie

July 17, 2018

The Martin County Local Planning Agency (LPA)—composed of citizens appointed by county commissioners and tasked with reviewing and making recommendations on proposed projects—once again granted its support of Pineland Prairie, this time recommending approval for the proposed Form-Based Code and accompanying rezoning requests. Read more >>

Leading planning organizations praise Pineland Prairie as setting ‘new bar’ for future projects

June 21, 2018

Pineland Prairie has recently received high praise from leading planning organizations, the Martin County Commission and public commenters. Please click here to read the latest published reviews and access short video vignettes regarding our plans for Pineland Prairie. Read more >>

Amendments to Enable Pineland Prairie Earn Unanimous Approval

March 2, 2018

In its first public governmental review, Pineland Prairie earned a 5-0 vote of approval from the Martin County Local Planning Agency. The proposed land use and text amendments necessary to implement the new compact, mixed-use community – which also received positive comments from the county’s planning staff – will now advance to the Martin County Commissioners for consideration. Read more >>

Pineland Prairie is Profiled in Stuart Magazine

January 12, 2018

My vision for Pineland Prairie is the cover story of this month’s issue of Stuart Magazine. I was gratified to read so many positive citizen comments about our planning concepts and environmental features. It sounds as if many of our fellow Martin County residents think it’s time for this kind of community, which will add a new dimension to the wonderful lifestyle choices that exist in our county today. To read the story, please click on the following link, which will take you to the Stuart Magazine website. Read more >>

The Plan for Pineland Prairie

September 22, 2017

Please click on the title above, or go to the new tab under “The Plan for Pineland Prairie” in the toolbar above. What follows is a description of the preliminary plan for this new community for submission to the Martin County government. Read more >>

The Large Land Area of Pineland Prairie

September 6, 2017

Please click on the title above, or go to the new tab under “A Special Property” in the toolbar above. What follows is some analysis of how big Pineland Prairie is compared with other places you know about Martin County. Read more >>

Population Densities around Martin County

September 6, 2017

Please click on the title above, or go to the tab under “Envisioning its Future” in the toolbar above, to see how communities around our county rank by their population densities. (You might be surprised!) Read more >>

New Towns That I Love

August 18, 2017

Please click on this title (or the new tab under “Envisioning its Future” in the toolbar above) to see photos of some wonderful new communities in the Southeastern United States with characteristics I’d like to emulate at Pineland Prairie. Each in its own way, they’re creating a special “sense of place” that’s missing in conventional suburban development (“sprawl”). Read More >>

What I’m Hearing from the Community

July 1, 2017

Please click on this title (or the tab “Comments from Citizens” in the toolbar above) to read summaries of comments that have been sent to this Web site and that I’ve heard at citizen meetings and individual appointments in recent months. This input is providing me with valuable insights into our county’s needs and how this project might help meet them. Many citizens’ suggestions are now being incorporated into our design of Pineland Prairie. Read More >>