Silvara is a 300-acre master planned community located in Carmel, Indiana, on the historic Hobby Horse Farm, which was established in 1933. Several family members of the original owners still reside on the farm. After conducting a 3-day programming and planning charrette with the residents, Design Studios West (DSW)—a Matrix company—was retained to prepare a long-term master plan for the farm.
The intent of the master plan was to preserve the natural character of the farm while providing for a diversity of residential lifestyles and neighborhood-serving retail services. The noted Williams Creek flows through the center of the land and provides for a natural river corridor that will serve as the central amenity for trails, wildlife, and the main bridge crossing. DSW led a team of seven specialty consultants through initial site investigation, preliminary planning, and the PUD submittal process.