Planning for Dense Infill and Development

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Planning for Dense Infill and Development

  1. 1. Planning for Dense Infill and Redevelopment David Morley Lisa Nisenson Dan Parolek Norman Wright New Partners for Smart Growth February 8, 2013
  2. 2. WHY ARE WE HERE? If neighborhood opposition is the # 1* reason infill fails, why are we not addressing it with every ounce of energy we have? * or #2 depending on the whims of the finance industry
  3. 3. WHY DO THIS? • To put all design factors on par with (or ahead of) density/height; • to signal an honest, dedicated approach to identifying and addressing potential impacts; • to provide solutions in the design process that will lower costs and improve operation and maintenance over time; • to identify the full range of participants needed throughout the life of the project and get them to the table; • to provide stakeholders an organized, comprehensive resource; • to change the dynamics of land-use battles to deliver better neighborhood design.
  4. 4. WHAT NEIGHBORHOODS NEED • Insane focus on the edge • Insanely visual • Insanely helpful • Insanely relatable • Don’t just address – pre-think
  5. 5. WHAT DOES LOOK LIKE? CONSIDERATIONS • the development context; • the planning and zoning context; • the process for the plan effort, including compatibility and transitions; • various potential impacts; • options for preventing or mitigating impacts through policy, design, and transportation infrastructure; • Long-term operations, maintenance, and enforcement considerations.
  6. 6. WHY NOT LISTEN? Visual • Ugly height and massing of buildings • Yucky building materials • Crappy, cheap-looking signs • Shadows & solar rights • Junky balconies • TMI Character • Changes to community character • Destruction of historic buildings and features • (Un)safety • Loss of affordable housing or retail • Stingy park space Financial • Decreased Property Values • Overcrowded, lower-performing schools
  7. 7. WHY NOT LISTEN? Environmental • Poor air circulation (wind tunnels or lack of circulation) • Screwy green space/token street trees • Urban heat island • Increased runoff & flooded basements Traffic and Transportation • Increased traffic & congestion • Cut-through traffic • Overflow parking • Insufficient curbside parking and loading space • Poor passageways for pedestrians Operational • Noise and odor • Light pollution and glare • Live music • Garbage & recycling collection • Outdoor dining • Dogs & Pets
  8. 8. WHY NOT COMMUNICATE BETTER?
  9. 9. WE NEED SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT • Multiple Audiences – Adjacent Neighbors – Developers and Architects – Planners and Engineers (lots of engineers) – Elected/Appointed Officials – Policy Wonks & Researchers – General Public – Vendors • Visual • Readily shared • Aspirational • Solution Driven
  10. 10. Beyond Early Adopters From Diffusion of Innovation, Everett Rogers
  11. 11. WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE “DISRUPTERS?”
  12. 12. Transition slide • Either 2nd slide announcing line up or last of mine tying together.

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