D.R. Horton Homes


Nashville, TN


Landscape Architecture, Planning, Site Development

When homebuilder D.R. Horton elected to build a new single-family subdivision called Heritage Landing, they called on Gresham Smith to turn farmland into a walkable development that speaks to the character of the surrounding neighborhood. Our team is helping master plan the four-phase development, while also providing surveying, civil engineering and landscape architecture services for the 117-acre site. Once complete, Heritage Landing will allow an additional 400+ individuals and families call Middle Tennessee home.

a map showing the flood zones

Planning Around the Flood Plain

The Heritage Landing site is adjacent to a flood plain, which meant our team had to factor in required flood buffers when designing the neighborhood’s layout. We also had to locate stormwater management infrastructure outside of the buffer zones, while still providing flexibility and resiliency for the future.

A diagram showing drainage and stormwater management plans

Smart Stormwater Management

Since the site was relatively flat, we had to work with Metro to develop a strategy that allowed for sewer service, while also enabling the stormwater to drain to the management areas. Our engineers pushed the boundaries of pipe separation and pipe slope requirements to help the sewer and stormwater drain properly. Our team was also asked to help a nearby landowner navigate their property’s stormwater issues, which ultimately benefited our client and the surrounding community. We ultimately implemented infrastructure that will mitigate pollution, floods and costly repairs while improving the community’s water quality.

a drone shot showing houses and a pool

From Farmland to Livable Community

Designed in four phases, our team maximized the Heritage Landing site’s potential while providing flexibility for future development. We left land for a future amenity center to be built in the later phases and conserved open space that has natural features including a stream and floodplain areas. The new subdivision turns farmland into a livable community that will accommodate Davidson County’s growing population, all while helping minimize the carbon footprint.