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Staunton Neighborhoods: a Town within a Town

Staunton neighborhoods: a town within a town

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Staunton Neighborhoods: a Town within a Town

  1. 1. SELMA WEST END BASIC WITZ UNIONTOWN PLUNKETTVILLE SEARS HILL SUNNYSIDE NEWTOWN Staunton Neighborhoods HSF Brown Bag 2015-2016
  2. 2. Staunton Neighborhoods: a Town within a Town where are they, what anchors them, how can we support their presence into the future Exploring ways to re-emphasize existing neighborhoods and support their growth as thriving districts within the City.
  3. 3. Built within the ridge and valley topography typical of the Shenandoah Valley, the City of Staunton has been shaped over time by land form, availability of natural resources, economic demands, and social dynamics.
  4. 4. The geographic growth of the City is expressed in cycles of annexation, beginning in the 1700’s, continuing on through the 1800’s, into 1905, 1935, 1948, 1956, with the most recent, large expansion to the City limits occurring in 1986.
  5. 5. These annexations included the absorption of previously independent communities including ca. 1930’s Plunkettville to the west of central Staunton and the post-Civil War historic African American community of Uniontown to the east; both annexed in 1948.
  6. 6. Locations of Plunkettville and Uniontown as shown in an excerpt from Jed Hotchkiss, T.E. Map of Beverley Manor Magisterial District, Augusta County, 1884.
  7. 7. Heavily influencing Staunton’s evolution was the establishment of a new zoning ordinance in the 1960’s, resulting in broadening codification of land use districts. Staunton’s new land use policies, like many zoning ordinances and land use districts of that time period, were designed and configured primarily to support the car oriented development of subdivisions and strip malls - whether or not the existing conditions reflected that type of neighborhood patterning.
  8. 8. Plunkettville The location of Plunkettville within the context of Staunton’s current zoning districts and neighborhood patterning visible in Staunton aerial view.
  9. 9. Buildings forming the commercial center of Plunkettville and houses typical of the adjacent neighborhood.
  10. 10. Uniontown The location of Uniontown within the context of Staunton’s current zoning districts and neighborhood patterning still visible in Staunton aerial view.
  11. 11. Existing buildings in Uniontown. Uniontown is included in the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities African American Historic Sites Data Base .
  12. 12. Existing Supports: Entrance Corridor Overlay District, protecting character
  13. 13. Exceptions to off-street parking requirements for existing commercial buildings on space restricted or steep parcels City wide; exceptions for the required placement of a new residence on a small (don’t meet minimum area and/or width requirements) lot to reflect near-by conditions. Existing Supports: ordinances encouraging the use of existing residences and commercial buildings
  14. 14. Existing Supports: zoning encouraging the continued use of residences as residences
  15. 15. Staunton’s Neighborhoods: a town within a town: exploring ways to re-emphasize existing neighborhoods and support their growth as thriving districts within the City.
  16. 16. SELMA WEST END BASIC WITZ UNIONTOWN PLUNKETTVILLE SEARS HILL SUNNYSIDE NEWTOWN Staunton Neighborhoods HSF Brown Bag 2015-2016

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