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  • Wf May2208 Support Committee

    1. 1. West Feliciana Parish Comprehensive Plan Implementing the Community’s Vision Support Committee – May 22, 2008
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Project Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Review Small Area Workshop Results (Solitude) </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss Comprehensive Plan Policy Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Next Step – June 19 – brief Police Jury and Planning Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Committee draft review </li></ul>
    3. 3. Project Timeline
    4. 4. The Workshop Results
    5. 5. Workshop Analysis All 20 maps were converted to computerized scenarios
    6. 8. Solitude Vision <ul><li>Strategies: </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Improvement Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New affordable housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replace existing trailers with manufactured housing on foundations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Housing Maintenance Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low interest loan program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commercial Service Area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Special zone for in-home businesses in the commercial center of Solitude </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Road improvement program </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen Connections to St. Francisville </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Address low water bridge on Tunica Rd </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Incorporate Open Space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community park </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trail to water features </li></ul></ul>Area of Residential Influence Area of Residential Influence Area of Residential Influence Village Center Provide for a Range of Housing Types Parks and Open Space
    7. 9. Solitude Strategies <ul><li>Housing Improvement Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New affordable housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replace existing trailers with manufactured housing on foundations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Housing Maintenance Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low interest loan program </li></ul></ul>
    8. 10. Solitude Strategies <ul><li>Commercial Service Area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A special zone for in-home businesses in the commercial center of Solitude </li></ul></ul>
    9. 11. Solitude Strategies <ul><li>Road Improvements Program </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen Connections to St. Francisville </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Address low water bridge on Tunica Rd </li></ul></ul>
    10. 12. Solitude Strategies <ul><li>Incorporate Open Space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Park </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trail connections to water features </li></ul></ul>
    11. 13. <ul><li>Review of policies </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul>
    12. 14. Define “Rural” <ul><li>Policy 1A: Identify the features that together define West Feliciana’s “rural character” </li></ul><ul><li>West Feliciana’s rural character is defined as having a predominance of green spaces – pastures, ponds, forests and fields, heavily treed land, and agricultural elements such as barns, fences and animals. The West Feliciana rural environment has hills and hollows; country roads lined with trees and tree canopies; and expansive rural vistas from the roadways. The parish’s rural landscape also contains an eclectic mix of land uses and building types, with buildings of various designs and age, and is characterized by a creative use of local natural resources that together create this special environment. </li></ul>
    13. 15. Traditional highway commercial: many curb cuts onto highway, limited housing type options, housing is far from retail and not walkable
    14. 16. Alternative “Town Center” Design: uses much less land, variety of housing types, housing close to main street, walkable
    15. 17. Future Development <ul><li>Area of concentrated development – tie to infrastructure not size </li></ul><ul><li>What we look like in future </li></ul>
    16. 18. <ul><li>The first draft of The Vision Map: </li></ul><ul><li>Focused most future growth into a new Town Center area – Star Hill - Independence </li></ul><ul><li>Centered rural growth around Villages </li></ul><ul><li>Preserved most of the Parish for agriculture, forestry and hunting </li></ul>
    17. 19. What we look like in future <ul><li>How we want the Parish to look - desired development types </li></ul><ul><li>Describe and illustrate: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural housing/uses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clusters [that can’t be seen from road] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Village </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhood– variety of housing with streetscapes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work at home - live and work in same place </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Streetscapes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parkway </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural road </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhood streetscape </li></ul></ul>
    18. 20. Transportation <ul><li>Standards for each type of road/use planning toolkit </li></ul><ul><li>Access standards – state and local </li></ul><ul><li>Connections – include connectivity plan with adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Rural roadbeds/gravel roads </li></ul>
    19. 21. Highway standards to protect rural character: Large tree buffers and berms
    20. 22. Highway standards to protect rural character: Limit intersections onto highway (Access Management)
    21. 23. Highway standards to protect rural character: Allow for limited retail frontage, screen parking and other buildings with roadside tree buffer to preserve rural highway character
    22. 24. Main Street standards: Storefronts face main street, most parking in the rear with additional short-term on-street parking, wide walkable sidewalks, street trees
    23. 25. Residential Street standards Houses oriented towards the street to promote community, sidewalks on at least one side to allow for walking, street trees or grassy landscape strip buffering sidewalk from roadway
    24. 26. Traditional highway commercial with adjacent residential: - many curb cuts, must use car to access commercial, limited housing types
    25. 27. Alternative “Town Center” design: - limited curb cuts, rural highway character preserved, walkable main street, residential connected to commercial, variety of housing types
    26. 28. Zoning Issues <ul><li>Cluster zoning/subdivision regs </li></ul><ul><li>Form based code/hybrid tools for towns and villages </li></ul><ul><li>Design Guidelines </li></ul>
    27. 29. Additional Comments <ul><li>Villages/Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Capacity/involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Non-profits to organize community centers/civic associations </li></ul><ul><li>Language consistency – “Adopt land use map…” vs. future action items </li></ul><ul><li>Incentives vs requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Use of “Vision” </li></ul>
    28. 30. Administrative <ul><li>Use of plan - -”may” vs “shall” </li></ul><ul><li>State law: Louisiana Revised Statutes 33:109 §109.  Legal status of official plan …. Whenever a parish or municipal planning commission has adopted a master plan, the governing authority of such parish or municipality shall consider such adopted master plan before adopting, approving, or promulgating any local laws, ordinances, or regulations which are inconsistent with the adopted elements of the master plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Planning Commission land use/procedural training </li></ul><ul><li>Planning Department </li></ul>
    29. 31. Guiding Principles <ul><li>Livable Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Land Use/Housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Opportunity and Equity </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Prosperous Economy </li></ul>
    30. 33. West Feliciana Parish
    31. 34. New John Audubon Bridge
    32. 35. Villages
    33. 36. Rural/Agriculture Areas
    34. 37. <ul><li>The first draft of The Vision Map: </li></ul><ul><li>Focused most future growth into a new Town Center area – Star Hill - Independence </li></ul><ul><li>Centered rural growth around Villages </li></ul><ul><li>Preserved most of the Parish for agriculture, forestry and hunting </li></ul>
    35. 38. The boundaries of Star Hill-Independence established based on watersheds and sewer design
    36. 39. Waste Water Treatment Plant and Discharge line to the Mississippi: Gravity flow along Grants Bayou
    37. 40. Interceptor lines follow the low lying forks of the Grants Bayou (east and west forks)
    38. 41. Pump Stations and Pressure Lines are required to traverse the high points between watersheds
    39. 42. A Water Tower should be located at a high point in the service area
    40. 43. The Audubon Bridge and new Zachary Taylor Parkway alignment will impact the area The Zachary Taylor route is for illustrative purposes only – not an alignment
    41. 44. A connected road network is proposed on the high ground within the Star Hill-Independence area: <ul><li>Alternate routes in case of flooding or emergency </li></ul><ul><li>Internal trips kept off major roads </li></ul><ul><li>Provides more opportunities for walking and biking </li></ul>
    42. 45. The Plan Map: Three primary commercial nodes Access management Internal main street High connectivity Integrated parklands
    43. 46. Design workshops for Star Hill-Independence indicated a desire for an integrated town center area with a variety of housing types, destinations and services
    44. 48. Model Sustainable Development
    45. 49. River Ranch
    46. 50. Environmental Map
    47. 51. Land Use
    48. 52. Current Zoning
    49. 53. Vision Map
    50. 54. Plan Map
    51. 55. <ul><li>The new Plan Map: </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporates current Zoning and Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Uses watersheds and sewer service to define the new town center </li></ul><ul><li>Continues to center rural growth around Villages </li></ul><ul><li>Continues to preserve most of the Parish for agriculture, forestry and hunting </li></ul>
    52. 56. Clustered Development: Town Center and Villages Most land still preserved for rural uses: agriculture, forestry and hunting

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