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Explore the evolution of a 16 year old new urbanist development. Topics discussed include how Abacoa was shovel ready as the center of the regional bioscience cluster for Palm Beach County,
how design and planning can withstand market forces and the challenges of integrating mixed uses including specific discussion of the follies of the Town Center.

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9/8 THUR 10:45 | Abacoa- If You Plan It, They Will Come 3 9/8 THUR 10:45 | Abacoa- If You Plan It, They Will Come 3 Presentation Transcript

  • Abacoa, Town of Jupiter
    A Regional Model
    Florida Chapter of the American Planning AssociationSeptember 8, 2011
    TREASURE COAST REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL
  • A Personal Journey
    1995 Charrette Master Plan
    Different Perspectives Over Time
  • More Than a “Development”
    Broke from the Rigid Sub-Urban Standards of the Time
    Mixed-Use Buildings
    Alleyways
    Network of Public Streets
    Garage Apartments
    Mix of Housing Types and Price Points
    Townhouses
    On-Street Parking
    Integration of Residential and Non-Residential Uses
    All of These were Taboo or Prohibited in 1995
    Abacoa Broke the Mold For Large-Scale TND’s
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    ~ Streets can be small
    ~ Services have easy access (school buses)
    ~ Many ways to move around
    ~ Is not a burden on the roadway network outside of Abacoa (does not jettison its impacts off-site)
    Dense Network of Publicly Accessible Streets
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    ~ Single Family
    ~ Townhouse
    ~ Multi-family
    ~ Garage Apartments~ Home Ownership
    ~ Rentals
    One Does Not Have to be Fractured From Their Community Due to Personal Circumstances
    Integration of Varying Housing Types and Living Opportunities
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    ~ Residential
    ~ Commercial/Office
    ~ Retail/Restaurants
    ~ FAU~ Schools
    ~ Golf and Recreation
    ~ Scripps & Max Planck
    Wide Range of Uses Internal to Abacoa
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    ~ Well Connected
    ~ Identifiable Neighborhood Centers Framed by Buildings (FRONTS!!)
    ~ Highly Sophisticated in their Design
    Network of Public Greens, Parks and Open Spaces
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    ~ Street and Block Network
    ~ Mix and Proximity of Uses
    ~ Publicly Accessible Streets and Open Spaces
    Conventional Subdivisions are as good as they are ever going to get the day they are done.
    The Basic Design of Abacoa Allows it to Improve Over Time
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    ~ 1995 SRPP is “Comp Plan” for the Treasure Coast Region
    ~ Shares the Design Principles of Abacoa
    ~ Abacoa has Remained a Point of Reference and a Place of Pilgrimage for new Projects in the Region
    We Have Not Been Good Shepherds of Our Regional Growth Patterns
    The SRPP is an Anti-Sprawl Field Guide
    Heavily Influenced the Strategic Regional Policy Plan
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    Town Center Struggles
    FAU ~ Limited Integration into Town Center
    Scripps – Basically Kept Old Mecca plan
    Provides Learning Opportunities
    Greenway System tends to Separate Neighborhoods
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    ~ Influenced Other Parts of Town
    ~ Is a Living Laboratory of Urbanism in PBC
    ~ Has Enabled the Town to Consider Other Possibilities (Scripps, Rail Transit, etc)
    Has Changed the DNA of Jupiter
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    ~ Influenced Other Parts of Town
    ~ Is a Living Laboratory of Urbanism in PBC
    ~ Has Enabled the Town to Consider Other Possibilities (Scripps, Rail Transit, etc)
    Alleyways Provide Appropriate Transitions of Densities and Uses
    Has Changed the DNA of Jupiter
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    Has Changed the DNA of Jupiter (Military Trail in Jupiter)
  • The daily walk home
    Abacoa is a Regional Model
    Military Trail Treatment in other Parts of Palm Beach County
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    ~ Inlet Village
    ~ Military Trail/Botannica
    ~ Toney Penna Station
    The Design of Abacoa has Enabled the Town to Improve Over Time
  • The Capitol and The Mall (looking east), 1850
    The New Civic Art, 2003
  • Abacoa is a Regional Model
    City-Building is Never Complete
    Abacoa is Still a Work-In-Progress
    Patience ~ A Principal Ingredient of Good Urbanism
  • A1A
    ThankYou
    Martin Luther King Blvd
    59th Street
    www.tcrpc.org