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New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
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New Futures for Traditional Villages
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New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
New Futures for Traditional Villages
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New Futures for Traditional Villages
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  • 1. NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITIONAL VILLAGES: A Balancing Act Communities are increasingly seeking the benefits of village-scaled centers, and rediscovering historic patterns that provide models for their futures. This session will explore emerging methods to find the artful balance between preservation and change that brings new uses, residents and amenities into the compact areas of New England’s traditional villages.NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 2. NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITIONAL VILLAGES: A Balancing Act Steven G. Cecil AIA ASLA, Principal, The Cecil Group (facilitator) Marcia Rasmussen, Director of Planning and Land Use Management, Town of Concord Phil Chester AICP, Town Planner, Town of Lebanon Jonathan Reiner AICP, Planner, North Kingstown, Rhode Island Brad Schide, Circuit Rider for the Connecticut Trust for Historic PreservationNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 3. COMMON THEMES  Vitality of villages in today’s economy  Village advocacy and advocates  Resistance to change  Practical problems and solutions to shaping and preserving villages  New planning tools for compact developmentNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 4. DEFINING “VILLAGE”  Shared imagery, but different types and realities  Rural Villages  Coastal Villages  Hamlets  Crossroads  Industrial Villages  Commuter Villages  New Urbanist VillagesNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 5. NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITIONAL VILLAGES: A Balancing Act North Kingstown With Jonathan Reiner, Planner for North KingstownNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 6. THE PLANNING FRAMEWORKNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 7. Existing Villages in North Kingstown NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012 A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 8. REDIRECTING GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT  Historic Villages  Emerging Villages  Compact Development patterns  Transfer of Development Rights  Incentives and PoliciesNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 9. EXISTING VILLAGESNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 10. WICKFORD VILLAGENEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 11. WICKFORD VILLAGENEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 12. OTHER EXISTING AND EMERGING VILLAGESAllenton HamiltonLafayette Wickford JunctionNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 13. ALLENTONNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 14. HAMILTONNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 15. HAMILTONNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 16. LAFAYETTENEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 17. LAFAYETTENEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 18. THE WICKFORD JUNCTION TRAIN STATIONNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 19. ROLLING GREENS/BALD HILL NURSERYNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 20. Rolling Greens/Bald Hill Nursery Emerging Growth Center? Recommendation from South County Design Manual RIDEM, 2001NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 21. POST ROAD AND STONY LAND POST ROAD ANDA Balancing Act QUONSET GATEWAY 2012NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA September 21, 2012
  • 22. TDR IS A REGULATORY TOOL Concentrate Development in Areas Planned for Growth Preserve Existing Open SpaceNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 23. WHERE CAN THIS HAPPEN TODAY? • Sending Area: Sending Area Overlay District • Receiving Area: Post Road District Compact Village District AreasNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 24. WICKFORD HARBORNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 25. QUESTIONS? Jonathan Reiner, AICP Planning Director North Kingstown, Rhode Island 401 268-1570 jreiner@northkingstown.org www.northkingstown.orgNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 26. NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITIONAL VILLAGES: A Balancing Act Concord’s Villages With Marcia Rasmussen, Director of Planning and Land Use Management Town of ConcordNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 27. West Concord Village at the Junction of 2 RailroadsNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 28. Combined Business & Residential – allowed by rightNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 29. Debra’s Natural Gourmet – successful business owner purchased and expanded building; now considering a second floor for her building – residential or office.NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 30. Bradford Furniture/Allen Chair Co. circa 2000 Bradford Mills today – new owner; new vision.NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 31. West Concord Village--Graphic Master PlanNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 32. Thoreau Depot - Owners that can see the potential in a property; a mural for a blank wall or new retail in a former grocery store building.NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 33. Re-imagining a former lumber yard for retail, restaurant and housing plus amenities to enhance the pedestrian experience.NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 34. Concord Center – living and working with iconic history is as much about the local residents as it is the visiting tourist.NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 35. Main Street Café – former grocery store, then office, now restaurant and bar with nightly entertainment.  Utilizes an alley through agreements with the Town.  Provides pedestrian access to public parking and visitor center.  Provides places to sit and view the historic Mill Brook.NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 36. Buildings constructed at different times enliven the view from across the street while outdoor displays add to the visual interest.NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 37. NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITIONAL VILLAGES: A Balancing Act Lebanon With Phil Chester AICP, Town Planner for the Town of LebanonNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 38. LEBANON VILLAGE CENTER PLANNING  Village character: historical and authentic  Planning goals  Citizen participation  Community-based vision  Village district zoning and other implementation toolsNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 39. LEBANON TOWN GREEN  Historic green  Single-family and agricultural uses  Historic and civic resourcesNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 40. LEBANON TOWN GREENNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 41. Time LapseNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 42. Time LapseNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 43. Time LapseNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 44. Time LapseNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 45. Time LapseNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 46. Time LapseNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 47. Time LapseNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 48. RETAIL OPPORTUNITY/GAP ANALYSIS  Potential opportunities to expand or attract new shops, restaurants and services 15-Minute Drive TimeNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 49. PUBLIC INPUT  Two Public meetings • Breakout group exercises and visual preference survey  Top Priorities • Keep agriculture • Move or change use of DPW site • Establish architectural guidelines/design controlsNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 50. COMMUNITY-BASED VISION • Integrate residential and compatible commercial uses • Protect architectural character around the Green • Redevelop key underutilized propertiesNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 51. PROPOSED VILLAGE DISTRICT ZONING  Change zoning to encourage the integration of residential and compatible commercial uses around the Green  Incorporate design guidelines to protect the architectural character around the GreenNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 52. PROPOSED VILLAGE DISTRICT ZONING Two Proposed Village District Zones  Town Green Village District (yellow)  Town Center Village District (orange)NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 53. PROPOSED VILLAGE DISTRICT ZONING  Town Green Village District Adds residential business uses in accessory buildingsNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 54. PROPOSED VILLAGE DISTRICT ZONING  Town Center Village District (orange) Expands commercial uses and allows mixed-use development by special permitNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 55. DESIGN GUIDELINES  Site Layout/ Organization  Architecture  Site and Landscape Design  Signage DesignNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 56. REDEVELOPMENT SCENARIOS  Two Underutilized Gateway Properties  DPW Site (left)  Old GarageNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 57. OTHER IMPLEMENTATION TOOLS  Agricultural Preservation Easements and Land Purchases  Nonprofit Stewardship to Preserve Agricultural Land  Demolition Delay Ordinance  Cooperative Business  Sale or Lease of Public Land  Public Infrastructure ImprovementsNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 58. NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITIONAL VILLAGES: A Balancing Act Connecticut Trust’s District Preservation Initiative With Brad Schide, Circuit Rider for the Connecticut Trust for Historic PreservationNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 59. VIBRANT COMMUNITY INITIATIVE (VCI)NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 60. Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation  State-wide non-profit organization  Work to save/preserve historic landscapes and structures  Offer technical assistance, consulting services and guidance  Show the value of historic preservation to Connecticut’s economy and civic identityNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 61. VCI  VCI program is funded by the Preservation Division of DECD  There has been two funding rounds of VCI  A total of 10 communities have been selected for the program, 2011, 2012NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 62. PURPOSE OF VCI GRANT  To empower municipalities to plan and then act on preserving historic resources  To encourage the adaptive reuse of historic structures  To enhance and protect cultural landscapes  To promote a preservation ethic for downtown revitalization  To focus on historic downtown/village redevelopmentNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 63. 2011 VCI GRANT RECIPIENTS  New London (Analysis of three downtown Bank Street buildings for rehab)  Hartford (Rehabilitation of a former factory in North End)  Lebanon (Village District Zoning and other protections for the Green)  Norwich (Downtown/Urban Revitalization Plan)  Waterbury (Protections and enhancements for the Waterbury Green)NEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 64. Bolton (Heritage Farm Area; Rochambeau Trail)  Seeks expanded use for Farm structures, Parks, Greens and Trail, creating connections between pedestrian and community access, with an emphasis on historyNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 65. Bridgeport (McLevy Hall, Green and surrounding historic bldgs  Seek a preservation and development plan for historic McLevy Hall and Green area to revitalize key area of downtown  Significant historic resources surrounding Hall; priority area for CityNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 66. Danbury (Hearthstone Castle)  Seek to produce a comprehensive reuse plan of castle located in Tarrywile Park  Individually listed on NR  Very Organized community involvementNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 67. New Britain (Walnut Hill NR District Area)  Develop a revitalization plan for a specific downtown area, targeting certain buildings for rehab  Priority neighborhood for redevelopment for City; many historic structures to protect and rehabNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 68. Wethersfield (Rehab Plan for three historic buildings) • Produce a vision and rehab plan for three key buildings in NR district area • Area a target for redevelopment and study would guide a more preservation planNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012
  • 69. OBSERVATIONS and DiscussionNEW FUTURES FOR TRADITONAL VILLAGES: SNEAPA 2012A Balancing Act September 21, 2012

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