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Imagine Waco Workshop Presentation, 10/26/09

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  • 1. Downtown Planning Workshop Overview Presentation October 26-27, 2009
  • 2. Tonight’s Agenda 1. Welcome Remarks and Overview Presentation (5:30-6:00pm) 2. Downtown Mapping Exercise (6:00-7:30pm) 3. Waterfront Exercise (7:30-8:00pm) 4. Share Visions with the Group (8:00-8:30pm)
  • 3. The Greater Downtown Waco Planning Process • Inclusive of diverse population • Include people of all ages • Include both small and large households • Built upon public input
  • 4. Cities are competing to be great places to live & work Amenities near work Open Spaces and Parks
  • 5. Regional Demographics are Shifting • Americans are growing older • Household sizes are growing smaller – Majority of new households won’t have children – Two-parent families are on the decline • Some population segments are living in overcrowded housing • Single family homes are mostly owner-occupied but multi-family includes ownership across the board
  • 6. People Turning 65 in Year Thousands 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 People Turning 65 Annually (1996-2025) 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
  • 7. Growth in Households without Children Household Type Share With Children 12% Without Children 88% Single-Person 34% Source: Adapted and extrapolated by Chris Nelson from Martha Farnsworth Riche, How Changes in the Nation's Age and Household Structure Will Reshape Housing Demand in the 21st Century, HUD (2003).
  • 8. An Emerging American Vision
  • 9. Waco’s regional share of growth Regional Growth Comparison (1960-2007) 250000 70% 65% 65% 60% 200000 59% 55% 53% 50% 52% 150000 City of Waco 40% McLennan County 30% Waco as % of County 100000 20% 50000 10% 0 0% 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2005-2007 (ACS)
  • 10. Waco has a wide range of household types 9% 37% Married-couple familes Other families 32% People living alone Other nonfamily households 22%
  • 11. QUESTION DEFINITION THE QUESTION: What should the City of Waco be doing to spur investment and redevelopment over the next ten years?
  • 12. THE APPROACH 1.Facilitate partnerships for implementation 2.Engage Baylor University 3.Anticipate market changes
  • 13. THE DEVELOPMENT 1. Start small and concentrate development 2. Create an 18-hour environment with residential uses 3. Use programmed events to activate the downtown area
  • 14. THE DEVELOPMENT (continued) 4)Improve connectivity to the waterfront • Think about extending trail system from the Waterfront through the Downtown • Future development should draw activity toward the Riverfront.
  • 15. AUSTIN’S 2ND STREET DISTRICT IS A COMPELLING CASE STUDY FOR DOWNTOWN WACO
  • 16. TECHNOLOGY SQUARE AT GEORGIA TECH ALSO HOLDS SME LESSONS •WHAT – Four city blocks of new mixed-use – A public-private partnership development – Major catalyst that spurred redevelopment – Consists of street level retail including ( – Also houses a new School of Management
  • 17. HIGH IMPACT DEVELOPMENTS AREN’T NECESSARILY LAND INTENSIVE Austin’s 2nd Heritage Square Street Development overlaid on downtown Waco, shows how little land area is Hilton needed to create a high impact mixed-use development = Size of Austin’s 2nd Street Development
  • 18. THE WACO STUDY ARE IS QUITE LARGE STUDY AREA OVERLAYED ON DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Waco, TX Austin, TX Because Waco’s Land area is so large, the City must focus its initial efforts on a several key redevelopment nodes
  • 19. Downtown Today: a few examples
  • 20. Parks and Waterfront
  • 21. Characteristics of Successful Downtowns • Pedestrian Friendly • Civic Center • Mix of Uses • Central Gathering Place • Economic Driver – Office Center – Specialty Retail – Entertainment – Dining
  • 22. PARKING LOT 1970
  • 23. Pioneer Square 2009
  • 24. Exclusive Parking vs. Shared
  • 25. Shared Parking: The Park Once District
  • 26. Winter Park, Florida supporting alternative modes through urban design
  • 27. Infill opportunities are all around us!
  • 28. Building / Rebuilding Urban Neighborhoods Example: Zupan’s grocery store in Portland, Oregon
  • 29. Building / Rebuilding Urban Neighborhoods Example: Zupan’s Grocery store in Portland, Oregon The original redevelopment project in an up-and-coming neighborhood Served as an anchor and catalyst for additional housing projects
  • 30. Belmont Dairy: first phase #1
  • 31. Belmont Dairy: second phase #2 #1
  • 32. Additional private investment #2 #1 #3
  • 33. Building confidence Each successive project added to the neighborhood-- phasing helped the developers manage the risk over time
  • 34. Subsequent development and revitalization has taken place throughout the neighborhood.
  • 35. What makes people walk? – Walkable Distances
  • 36. What makes people walk? – Practical Destinations
  • 37. What makes people walk? – Pleasant and interesting environment at a human scale
  • 38. How does a place change?
  • 39. Developing new ideas: the workshop exercise • Participants develop their own plan for Downtown Waco
  • 40. The Workshop Exercise We don’t arrive with a vision… We work together to build a vision.
  • 41. Workshop Process • Interactive Mapping Exercise • Teams of 8-10 persons • Develop your vision of how you would like Greater Downtown Waco look in the future • Create a map that shows a desired ‘end state’ regardless of what steps are needed to get there • Share results with the group and look for common themes
  • 42. Step 1: Introduce yourself! Set goals for your table
  • 43. Step 2: Familiarize yourself with the workshop materials Basemap Scissors 4 Pens Chipset Envelopes
  • 44. The Workshop Map
  • 45. Aerial Base
  • 46. Tax Parcel Boundaries
  • 47. Road Names and Rail Lines
  • 48. Parks and Open Space
  • 49. Bike Paths and Riverwalk Paths
  • 50. Streams and Floodways
  • 51. Floodplains
  • 52. Existing Land Use
  • 53. Workshop Game Pieces Mixed-Use Residential Employment Each Chip represents 4 Acres of Land
  • 54. Workshop Game Pieces Each Chip represents about one downtown block =
  • 55. Workshop Game Pieces Each chip also represents a certain amount of housing and jobs 120 100 80 = 60 40 20 0 City Neighborhood 20 households per acre 3 jobs per acre
  • 56. Downtown 120 HH Jobs 100 80 60 40 74 hh / ac 20 110 jobs / ac 0 Dow ntow n
  • 57. Main Street 120 HH Jobs 100 80 60 40 26 hh / ac 20 29 jobs / ac 0 Main Street
  • 58. Neighborhood Center 120 HH Jobs 100 80 60 40 24 hh / ac 20 37 jobs / ac 0 Neighborhood Center
  • 59. Arterial Commercial 120 HH Jobs 100 80 60 40 6 hh / ac 20 28 jobs / ac 0 Arterial Com m ercial
  • 60. Renovation 120 HH Jobs 100 80 60 40 23 hh / ac 20 28 jobs / ac 0 Renovation
  • 61. Downtown Residential 120 HH Jobs 100 80 60 40 120 hh / ac 20 3 jobs / ac 0 Dow ntow n Residential
  • 62. City Neighborhood 120 HH Jobs 100 80 60 40 20 hh / ac 20 3 jobs / ac 0 City Neighborhood
  • 63. Residential Neighborhood 120 HH Jobs 100 80 60 40 7 hh / ac 20 3 jobs / ac 0 Residential Neighborhood
  • 64. Office 120 HH Jobs 100 80 60 40 0 hh / ac 20 100 jobs / ac 0 Office
  • 65. Light Industry 120 HH Jobs 100 80 60 40 0 hh / ac 20 23 jobs / ac 0 Light Industry
  • 66. D D ow ow 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 nt nt ow ow n n R es id en tia N M l ei ai gh n bo St rh re oo et Ar d te Ce ria nt lC er om m er Li ci gh al C tI nd Workshop Game Pieces R ity es N us id ei try en gh tia bo rh Dwelling Units per Acre lN oo ei gh d bo rh Housing and Jobs by Chip Type oo d O ffi ce R en ov a tio n Jobs per Acre
  • 67. Workshop Chipset The chip sets represent ways of placing the growth that Waco is expecting in the coming decades 1st 25,000 people 2nd 25,000 people There are 2 packets
  • 68. Chip Trading • Worksheet available at each table – this will help you trade = = Example Trade
  • 69. Step 3: Review the map and your goals
  • 70. Step 4: Decide where NOT to grow Designate desired: • Open space, green corridors and conservation areas • Historic districts and other e significant areas pl Sam
  • 71. Step 5: Experiment with Chip Arrangements • Cut out your chips and begin placing them in strategic locations – but don’t stick them down yet!
  • 72. Step 6: Draw transportation infrastructure Bicycle & Pedestrian Networks Transit Roadways & Highways Especially in areas ple you expect to Sam have new jobs or housing!
  • 73. Step 7: Stick down your chips Once you have all come to an agreement on the vision, stick your chips down
  • 74. Step 8: Name your map and choose a presenter
  • 75. Step 9: Riverfront Design Exercise • How should the Greater Downtown area relate to the Brazos River? • What kind of activities and amenities should be on the riverfront? • Where should they go?
  • 76. Riverfront Design Exercise Riverfront CHIPS
  • 77. River Design Exercise
  • 78. Successful Waterfront: Knoxville - Improved connectivity with neighboring downtown - Public boat ramp - Pedestrian Pier - Riverside Park - Townhouse/Condo Developments
  • 79. Successful Waterfront: Louisville Waterfront Park - Public gathering space - Festival plaza - Greenspace - Flanks residential, office, and retail spaces
  • 80. Successful Waterfront: Minneapolis Mills District - Urban design element blends new residential developments w/ existing industrial shells - Recreational/Commuter Bike Path - Park: Mix of green space and historical industrial structures
  • 81. Some Existing Uses
  • 82. Some Potential Uses: Festivals & Events
  • 83. Playgrounds
  • 84. Fountains
  • 85. Farmers Markets
  • 86. Sports Fields or Garden Spaces
  • 87. Chips for the Riverfront Exercise
  • 88. Chips for the Riverfront Exercise
  • 89. Step 10: Present Your Table’s Work
  • 90. Workshop Results After the workshop, each table’s plan is analyzed and recorded…
  • 91. Workshop Results
  • 92. Building a Scenario
  • 93. Preparation of a Concept Plan with Implementation Strategies
  • 94. Let the Workshop Begin!

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