Sebastopol SDAT Presentation

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The final presentation of the American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) project in Sebastopol, CA

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  • … .the business of responsible government
  • … .the business of responsible government
  • Sebastopol SDAT Presentation

    1. 1. Wayne Feiden, FAICP, Team LeaderKen Buckland, AICP, LEED AP, Land UseSteve Durrant, PLA, Bicycle and PedestrianChristine Carlson, ASLA, Green InfrastructureLesley Bain, FAIA, LEED AP, Urban DesignIan Lockwood, PE, TransportationJoel Mills, Director AIA Communities by DesignErin Simmons, Director AIA Design Assistance
    2. 2. Sebastopol speaks• “We are a Subaru and Prius Town”• “We are deserving of our vision”• “We don’t suffer from low self-esteem”• “Our brand is ‘Unique small town’”• “Want to stay a working class community”• “I never let my children bicycle to school”• “Sebastopol goes both ways” downtownstreets”
    3. 3. Center of the CityStudents: Safewaysometimes plazaMain St: Not so muchAdults: the plaza
    4. 4. Sebastopol speaks• Downtown inundated by through traffic• Streets too highway-like• Pedestrians and cyclists uncomfortable• Bicycle trail ends before the destination• Parking available in the wrong places• Unattractive downtown gateways
    5. 5. Sebastopol speaks• Design/development should reflect values• Residential, commercial and industrial mix• Need new civic center• Underutilized lots are key opportunities• Weak downtown-The Barlow connection• Nature in the city
    6. 6. Bullish on downtown/The Barlow• Downtown synergy• City worker/jobs balance (4,000±:4,000±)• Housing (residents support downtown)
    7. 7. Land UseKen Buckland, AICP, LEED AP
    8. 8. A Cross Roads City
    9. 9. The Community Grows
    10. 10. A Community Over TimeGreenbeltCoreCorridorsTransitions
    11. 11. The Opportunities
    12. 12. The Heart of the City
    13. 13. Precedent: Palmer Square
    14. 14. The Opportunities
    15. 15. Frame the Boundaries
    16. 16. The Opportunities
    17. 17. Frame the Boundaries
    18. 18. The Opportunities
    19. 19. Vehicle Storage/ Smart ParkingLocation Units Parking Spaces Parking RatioSouth Orange NJ 200 250 1.3Madison NJ 149 178 1.2Lansdale PA 346 222 0.6Portland OR 288 150 0.5Portland OR 124 93 0.8Gresham OR 90 135 1.5Beaverton OR 185 218 1.2Mission Wells CA 391 508 1.3Montelena Apt CA 188 208 1.1Park Regency CA 854 1352 1.6Verandas CA 282 282 1.0Wayside Plaza CA 156 166 1.1Bethesda MD 497 746 1.5Arlington VA 231 258 1.1Silver Spring MD 406 406 1.0Alexandria VA 457 560 1.2Arlinngton VA 499 499 1.0
    20. 20. Vehicle Storage and LinksAverage Parking Ratio 1.1Average Distance to Transit 994’Steps to Transit – 47Steps to Main St - 126
    21. 21. Value PropositionCost ofVehicleOwnershipAdditionalMortgage Valueof $100,000
    22. 22. Zoning as Land Plan
    23. 23. Zoning as Future Land PlanGeneral Plan Update Needed, from thatprocess:• Define Outcomes• Include Flexibility
    24. 24. Defining SuccessPre-Planning Program• Community-Based Process• Define Desired Public Outcomes• Determine Owner/Developer Benefits
    25. 25. Outreach and Marketing PlanMarket to Successful BusinessesMarket to Quality DevelopersCreate Marketing Materials:ContextWhat is requiredWhat is desiredWhat is offeredHow to proceed
    26. 26. Urban DesignLesley Bain, FAIA, LEED AP
    27. 27. Design ReviewFrames a conversation betweenproperty ownerscommunity membersdesigners andregulators
    28. 28. Design ReviewAllows the conversation to happenbefore you need it to happen
    29. 29. NATURAL SETTINGOak and redwoodTopographyViewsCreeklandsDesigns reflectCommunity Values: Character
    30. 30. NATURAL SETTINGOak and redwoodTopographyViewsCreeklandsDesigns reflectCommunity Values: Character
    31. 31. HISTORYApplesWarehousesTrainsDesigns reflectCommunity Values: Character
    32. 32. ICONSENTRIESDesigns reflectCommunity Values: Character
    33. 33. HISTORYMain StreetFine grain scaleDesigns reflectCommunity Values: Character
    34. 34. ARCHITECTURAL LEGACYDesigns reflectCommunity Values: Character
    35. 35. Ability to create forthe futureDesigns reflectCommunity Values: Character
    36. 36. Human scaleComfortableInterestingDesigns reflectCommunity Values: It’s About People
    37. 37. Quirky!Designs reflectCommunity Values: It’s About People
    38. 38. ArtisticDesigns reflectCommunity Values: It’s About People
    39. 39. SolarEdibleShadedDesigns reflectCommunity Values: Sustainable
    40. 40. Filling in gaps, needsAdding landscaping,seating, activityDesigns Contribute to Community
    41. 41. Making connectionsDesigns Contribute to Community
    42. 42. Making connectionsDesigns Contribute to Community
    43. 43. Making connectionsDesigns Contribute to Community
    44. 44. Main StreetIndustrial heritageInner corridorEntry corridorSingle family areaTailor Guidelines by districts
    45. 45. Identify places of highsignificance:GatewaysViewsKey sitesTailor Guidelines by districts
    46. 46. Main Street typology Industrial heritageTailor Guidelines by districts
    47. 47. Tailor Guidelines by pedestrianpriorityExisting conditions
    48. 48. Tailor Guidelines by pedestrianpriorityPedestrian priority in red--near term
    49. 49. Tailor Guidelines by pedestrianpriorityPedestrian priority in red--longer term
    50. 50. 1. Site AnalysisEach site has unique attributes.What are the specific opportunitiesfor each project to contribute?What is the best approach to design?Design Review Process
    51. 51. 2. Design ConceptAddresses unique attributes.Identifies the specific opportunitiesfor each project to contributeDesign Review Process
    52. 52. 3. ExecutionParts complement the whole.Details, materials, and scale are mostappropriate.Design Review Process
    53. 53. Not just Design GuidelinesHumanizing
    54. 54. Not just Design GuidelinesHumanizing
    55. 55. Fingers of space for peoplePublic Realm
    56. 56. Public RealmPeople-scaled connections
    57. 57. Public RealmPeople-scaled connections
    58. 58. The Language of the StreetEngineering language
    59. 59. Language of pedestrians and natural systemsThe Language of the Street
    60. 60. The Language of the StreetLanguage of pedestrians and natural systems
    61. 61. The Language of the PublicSpaceUse your asphalt space well
    62. 62. Design for who you are
    63. 63. Green InfrastructureChristine Carlson, ASLA
    64. 64. Santa RosaSebastopolGratonFarmlandAtascaderoCreekLagunadeSantaRosaWoodland
    65. 65. ThePlazaRialtoTrailHighStreetGreenway
    66. 66. TheBarlowTo Analy H.S.RialtoPocketParkPocketParkTo Rodota TrailLagunaRailroad WoodsSebastopolCrossingThe PlazaRialto Trail
    67. 67. Rialto corridor
    68. 68. Neighborhood Greenway
    69. 69. 60’ foot right-of-way
    70. 70. WayfindingRenaturing
    71. 71. Backyard Nature
    72. 72. Backyard Nature
    73. 73. Street trees
    74. 74. Cluster trees and shrubsfor backyard habitatConnect tostreetscape bioswalesPlants forbirds & beesResidential Lots & Streetscape
    75. 75. Bicycle & Pedestrian ConnectionsSteve Durrant, PLA
    76. 76. to Santa Rosato Gratonto Petaluma
    77. 77. 15 minute walk15 minute walkHigh SchoolHigh SchoolLagunaLagunaLibby ParkLibby ParkPinecrestPinecrestSchoolSchoolNOYESYes, if only…60%15 minute bike ride15 minute bike ride
    78. 78. PlazaLagunaAnaly High SchoolRodota TrailIves ParkParkside
    79. 79. Highway Bikeways
    80. 80. Highway BikewaysTrails
    81. 81. Highway BikewaysTrails
    82. 82. Highway BikewaysTrailsBike Lanes
    83. 83. Highway BikewaysTrailsBike LanesNeighborhood Greenways
    84. 84. Plaza
    85. 85. RialtoCorridorIves Park Connector
    86. 86. HighStreetNeighborhoodGreenway
    87. 87. Buffered Bike Lanes
    88. 88. Cycle Tracks
    89. 89. AnalyHighSchoolTheLagunaPinecrestSchoolBroomhavenSchoolLibby ParkRodotaTrail
    90. 90. Cycle Track:A bikewayprotected fromtraffic by parkedcarsor another barrier.
    91. 91. 58’
    92. 92. 58’
    93. 93. TransportationIan Lockwood, PE
    94. 94. What We Heard:
    95. 95. What We Heard:i)no money for bypass
    96. 96. What We Heard:i)no money for bypassii)no good location for bypass
    97. 97. What We Heard:i)no money for bypassii)no good location for bypassiii)potential network connections
    98. 98. What We Heard:i)no money for bypassii)no good location for bypassiii)potential network connections
    99. 99. What We Heard:i)no money for bypassii)no good location for bypassiii)potential network connectionsConclusions:
    100. 100. What We Heard:i)no money for bypassii)no good location for bypassiii)potential network connectionsConclusions:i)congestion is not the choice
    101. 101. What We Heard:i)no money for bypassii)no good location for bypassiii)potential network connectionsConclusions:i)congestion is not the choiceii)how Sebastopol deals withcongestion is the choice
    102. 102. Choices:
    103. 103. Choices:i)Traffic 1stApproach:
    104. 104. Choices:i)Traffic 1stApproach:maximize motor vehiclethroughput & accept damageto City’s walkability, businesses,character…
    105. 105. Choices:i)Traffic 1stApproach:maximize motor vehiclethroughput & accept damageto City’s walkability, businesses,character…; orii)City 1stApproach:
    106. 106. Choices:i)Traffic 1stApproach:maximize motor vehiclethroughput & accept damageto City’s walkability, businesses,character…; orii)City 1stApproach:advance community “vision”being cognizant of the crossroads’challenge
    107. 107. % By Trip Type----------18.0%2.6%20.2%1.5%24.2%8.8%24.5%0.2%100.0%Doctors & DentistFamily & PersonalChurch & SchoolSocial RecreationalOtherTrip Type----------WorkWork RelatedShoppingSource: Federal Highway Administration & New York Times
    108. 108. Reward the short trip and/or the transit trip
    109. 109. Strategy: Relocate Lefts/Short Cylcesvs Split Through/One-Way Streets
    110. 110. Leverage ExistingRegional Network(provide routing choices)ForestvilleRussian RiverSource: Colin Doyle
    111. 111. Leverage ExistingRegional Network(provide routing choices)ForestvilleRussian RiverSource: Colin Doyle
    112. 112. Leverage ExistingRegional Network(provide routing choices)ForestvilleRussian RiverSource: Colin Doyle
    113. 113. Leverage ExistingRegional Network(provide routing choices)ForestvilleRussian RiverSource: Colin Doyle
    114. 114. Leverage ExistingRegional Network(provide routing choices)ForestvilleRussian RiverSource: Colin Doyle
    115. 115. Leverage ExistingRegional Network(provide routing choices)ForestvilleRussian RiverSource: Colin Doyle
    116. 116. Leverage ExistingRegional Network(provide routing choices)ForestvilleRussian RiverSource: Colin Doyle
    117. 117. Leverage ExistingRegional Network(provide routing choices)ForestvilleRussian RiverSource: Colin Doyle
    118. 118. Leverage ExistingRegional Network(provide routing choices)ForestvilleRussian RiverSource: Colin Doyle
    119. 119. Leverage ExistingRegional Network(provide routing choices)ForestvilleRussian RiverSource: Colin Doyle
    120. 120. Leverage ExistingRegional Network(provide routing choices)ForestvilleRussian RiverSource: Colin Doyle
    121. 121. Other Downtown: Parking• On-street parking– up to $200,000 sales/spot IF customer parking• Main St. parked up– Employees parking; or– Fees needed• Empty spaces– regulations too strict; or– too much parking
    122. 122. Other Downtown: Events• Downtown events, programs, and promotion– Business and city cachet
    123. 123. Get it done!– Downtown merchants– Occupy Sebastopol– Sebastopol tomorrow• General Plan Update• Strategic work starts tomorrow– The Perfect is the enemy of the Good– City Council goal setting• Partners– Core Project– Sebastopol Citizens– Cittaslow Sebastopol
    124. 124. Quick Start: less than one year• Wayfinding: bicycle trail and downtown• Design: better design AND street standards• Revise bicycle and pedestrian plans• Zoning:– conditional uses to by-right when possible(e.g., office use above 1st floor The Barlow)– CB parking to one per residential unit– CB allow 4 stories if 4thstory setback
    125. 125. Quick Start: less than one year• Paint: narrow lanes-repurpose asphalt• Pre-Plan: opportunity sites for development &greening• Parking: rationalize system• Identify greenways and smaller scaleconnections
    126. 126. Momentum: within two years• Identify site for housing to replace trailer park• Marketing: opportunity sites• Reposition asphalt: parking, sidewalks, parks• Programmatic: empower partners tocoordinate more downtown events• Build neighborhood greenways• Improve more crosswalks• Make bicycle trail connections
    127. 127. Eye on the prize: longer term• Restore two-way livable streets downtown• Embed findings in General Plan• Cycle Tracks on major streets• Buffered bikeways on collectors• Restore the Laguna edge along Morris St.• Strengthen connections between Lagunaand Rodota Trail. Connect West CountyTrail and Ragle Park.
    128. 128. Imagine Downtown Sebastopol• Emphasize downtown character• Downtown development for city values• Pre-planning program• Private and public realm design guidelines• Re-green (green infrastructure)• Family-friendly connections• Livable streets not highwaysPresentation and (eventually) final reportwww.aia.org/about/initiatives/AIAS075426

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