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Presentation at 2016 Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses and Communities Conference

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  1. 1. Municipal Leadership and Sustainability: “Planning & Policy for Sustainability” Sustainability on Campus & Main Street April 16, 2016 Sarah LaValley Conservation, Preservation & Land Use Planner Northampton Office of Planning & Sustainability
  2. 2. Northampton Sustainability Leadership
  3. 3. Northampton=5-STAR Community
  4. 4. •  Aspirational •  Ambitious •  Achievable •  Accountable
  5. 5. Community Conversation 1st US LEED Gold KFC/Taco Bell Is this as good as it gets?
  6. 6. Built Environment •  Mixed use compact development •  No downtown parking requirements •  Density, infill, brownfields •  Urban design standards
  7. 7. Current 1800 1850 1900 1950 Population Density
  8. 8. Other Side of the Story Unstainable Development Patterns
  9. 9. Source: habeas corpus, Anna Schuleit Village Hill Jail
  10. 10. Development in the RIGHT places
  11. 11. Housing Affordability •  12% of residential units affordable •  Focus on downtown & transit affordable units •  Infill with a mix of housing: some <1,250 ft
  12. 12. Transportation •  Vision Zero approach •  Multiuse trail network •  Complete Streets policy •  Zipcar •  Transit •  50% of area park & ride lots •  23% of area bike paths
  13. 13. Climate and Energy •  20% reduction city energy •  Energy concierge program •  Micro-grid •  Energy & Sustainability Commission •  At all scales: Mandated street trees •  Zoning incentives and requirements •  Average home <50 HERs rating
  14. 14. Climate Adaptation
  15. 15. Climate Adaptation Framework Hazard mitigation, health & disease, food & vegetation, land use
  16. 16. Economy and Jobs •  Focused Economic Development Coordinator •  James House Adult Education •  Quality of life
  17. 17. Education, Arts & Community •  Arts & Culture focus •  Academy of Music •  Historic preservation •  Celebrate diversity
  18. 18. Equity and Empowerment •  12% affordable housing- CITY commitment •  Environmental justice •  Youth Commission
  19. 19. Health and Safety •  Active living– bike paths, recreation, exercise •  Community collaborations •  Healthy food- agriculture, community gardens •  Focus on environmental justice •  No-build in 500 year floodplain •  Micro-grid for storm survival
  20. 20. Natural Systems •  Parks and recreation for all neighborhoods •  0.5%/city year as conservation •  Working lands •  Wetlands regulations •  Endow conservation
  21. 21. Water Flora & Fauna Environmental Justice Planning Goals Assembling Open Space: Case Studies Wayne Feiden,
  22. 22. Conservation -Goal: 25% of city pristine -Goal: walkable to neighborhoods Working lands -farmland & farmers -community gardens Recreation -expand and develop
  23. 23. Multiuse Trails- serve 75% of city Pavement to Parks Heritage Landscapes
  24. 24. Municipal Leadership and Sustainability: Planning & Policy for Sustainability Sustainability on Campus & Main Street April 16, 2016 Sarah LaValley Conservation, Preservation & Land Use Planner slavalley@northamptonma.gov Questions? Discussion?

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