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Western Planner 2012
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Presentation on the Downtown Neighborhood Sector Development Plan

Presentation on the Downtown Neighborhood Sector Development Plan

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  • 1. Downtown Neighborhood Area Sector Plan Update Jim Strozier, AICP Western Planner Conference 2012
  • 2. Presentation Outline/Approach A case study Context/Problem Definition Process Outcomes/Solutions Lessons Learned Discussion Points Built In – Participate!
  • 3. Location Adjacent to Downtown Impacted by new Courthouses Stable Population, but not a lot of young families Strong Neighborhood Association, but known for fighting everything.
  • 4. 1976 Conditions Housing – mostly in poor condition Trend – lack of maintenance Zoning – Almost entirely Office People – moving out to new suburban locations Some office conversions had happened Investment – not much
  • 5. 1976 Plan Purpose Stop the Blight Promote Redevelopment Promote Higher Densities Don’t Compete with Downtown Promote New Investment Increase Amenities
  • 6. 1976 Plan – What did it do? Rezoned the bulk of the neighborhood to Townhouse Rezoned areas adjacent to Downtown to the highest residential densities allowed Identified a new park and other Amenities
  • 7. What Happened? Nothing Planned! – No redevelopment, or very little – Reinvestment in existing houses – Office continued to creep into the neighborhood – Courthouses moved from Downtown to the area just east of the Neighborhood – Neighborhood Park and other amenities constructed
  • 8. What Happened? (cont.) Preservation – Value of Existing Historic Houses Realized – New Investment in the Older Homes – 5 Historic Districts Established – Historic Register Nominations Bail Bond Offices – Old Houses – Near the Courthouses
  • 9. Questions/Discussion
  • 10. Process Establish Steering Committee: DNA Board Public Involvement Process: Steering Committee Meetings Walking Tours Public Meetings Outreach to Property Owners Approval Process: EPC City Council
  • 11. Walking Tours Gets people out on the street. A photo safari. Discussion occurs as a group. See the good, bad, and the ugly. Make a movie, post it! Real projects, what they like, what they don’t.
  • 12. Purpose To update the original Plan (1976) Sector Plan Seeks To: Preserve what’s best with the neighborhood Make zoning and existing land uses consistent Make the neighborhood more walkable Remain respectful of the neighborhood’s historic context and character Encourage appropriate infill development
  • 13. Planning Themes Matching the zoning with the existing land use for properties within the DNA. Preserving and celebrating the historic buildings and character of the DNA. Reinforcing the DNA as primarily residential, with mixed-use corridors. Creating a walkable, bike-friendly community that connects the DNA with Old Town and Downtown.
  • 14. Planning Themes Allowing for appropriately-designed and scaled infill development, while respecting the historic character of the DNA. Creating tree-lined streetscapes throughout the DNA. Calming traffic speeds and reducing cut-through traffic on local streets through the DNA.
  • 15. Goals and Objectives Developed as a result of the 1st public meeting and ‘tested’ at the 2nd meeting: Land Use and Zoning Historic Preservation Community Character Transportation Quality of Life
  • 16. Analysis Changing Demographics Community Perspective Existing Land Use & Zoning Comprehensive Plan Goals and Policies Historic Districts and Buildings Transportation Systems
  • 17. Questions/Discussion
  • 18. Implementation Policies & Strategies Plan Boundary Adjustment Zoning/Development Regulations Zoning Enforcement Redevelopment/ Opportunity Sites Historic Preservation Transportation Street Tree Program
  • 19. Cool Park – Not within the Boundary!
  • 20. Plan Boundary Adjustment
  • 21. Zoning - Framework Match zoning to existing land use Ensure new development responds to and complements existing character Respect existing zoning/property rights Address problem land uses: Commercial Parking Lots Bail Bond Offices Office intrusion into the neighborhood Bus Terminal
  • 22. Zoning – Special Considerations Landscape – Street Trees Demolition – Adds review to protect historic buildings Non-Conforming Uses Character Elements:  Massing  Height  Entries/porches  Façade articulation  Windows and doors  Building placement
  • 23. Zoning - Categories SF – Single Family  Based on the R-1 zone  Exceptions – setbacks, garages, façade articulation, secondary dwelling units are permissive  Add Secondary Dwelling Allowed TH – Townhouse  Minimized, purpose is limited in the updated plan  Exceptions - setbacks, garage placement, curb cuts, secondary dwelling units, etc.  Minimum lot size has stayed the same as the current Sector Plan MR – Mixed Residential  Replaces the existing HDA and MDA zones  Based on the R-2 zone  Exceptions - building height, parking, no maximum floor area ratio, and allows senior housing as a conditional use
  • 24. Zoning - Categories OR – Office/Residential  Transition zone between the commercial zone along Central Ave. and the single family core of the neighborhood  No commercial uses are allowed  Strict criteria for new office development MUM – Mixed Use Medium  Replaces the existing RC zone  Allows mixed use with no min. or max. requirements for residential  Permissive uses include R-G zone, institutions, professional office, limited retail and services uses  Building heights can go above 26 feet if certain conditions are met MUL – Mixed Use Light  Replaces the existing MRO zone  Allows mixed use with no min. or max. requirements for residential  Strict criteria for new non-residential development
  • 25. Zoning - Categories CC – Central Corridor  Based on the C-2 zone  Exceptions related to land use, building heights, setbacks, parking, façade articulation, etc.  Residential use based on R-3 zone, but with no maximum floor area ratio NC – Neighborhood Commercial  Based on the C-1 zone  Exceptions related to land use, building articulation, entries, lighting, etc.
  • 26. Action Agenda The Action Agenda:  Critical component of the Sector Plan  Determines the timing for specific strategies  Identifies the primary responsible party  Provides linkages to the Capital Improvement Program
  • 27. Questions/Discussion
  • 28. Albuquerque Oddities Zoning Changes and Plans done simultaneously Quasi-Judicial Process – Councilor Can’t Participate City Council has their own planners Neighborhood Association Led – Need to fight to have property owners and businesses included
  • 29. Lessons Learned Trust the process (grocery store upgrade – citizen led initiative) Make sure that all are given the opportunity to participate Analysis is hard, but needs to be done – in older neighborhoods it can be a real challenge
  • 30. Lessons Learned (cont.) Property rights are important – figure out a way to make it a win-win Be creative, think of new ways to accomplish the same goal (demolition ordinance) Make sure the process is transparent
  • 31. Questions/Discussion Thank you!

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