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Sarasota New Urbanism & Complete Streets


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Illustrated overview of Sarasota Connectivity

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Sarasota New Urbanism & Complete Streets

  1. 1. July 22, 2008 Forum of the Downtown Partnership WHAT DOES NEW URBANISM MEAN FOR DOWNTOWN SARASOTA?
  2. 2. New Urbanism <ul><li>Summary : American planning movement re-formulated during 1980s toward creating and promoting walk-able, neighborhood based development as an alternative to suburban sprawl. </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation : Zoning and land development codes toward future development. Based around the urban centers of the past. </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of New Urbanism: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Walkability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mixed-Use & Diversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mixed Housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional Neighborhood Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality Architecture & Urban Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart and Balanced Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. “ Walkability” <ul><li>10-minute walk of most needs </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian Orientated Design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slow speed streets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buildings orientated toward public space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased Density of buildings </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Connectivity <ul><li>Interconnected streets grid to disperse traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Hierarchy of boulevards, streets and alleys </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mixed-Use and Diversity <ul><li>Mixture of residential, retail and office within the neighborhood </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of people promotes safer neighborhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Mixture of single-family and multi-family dwelling units </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mixed Housing <ul><li>Provide a range of types, sizes, and prices within close proximity </li></ul>
  7. 7. Quality Architecture & Urban Design <ul><li>Emphasis on quality workmanship, aesthetics, and creating a sense of destination </li></ul><ul><li>Human scaled architecture </li></ul>
  8. 8. Traditional Neighborhood Structure <ul><li>Clearly defined center and edge of urban area </li></ul><ul><li>Public space and activity located at the center of town </li></ul>
  9. 9. Transect Plan 9
  10. 10. “ Smart and Balanced&quot; Transportation <ul><li>Quality transit alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Bicycling and walking as realistic daily alternatives </li></ul>10
  11. 11. “ Smart and Balanced&quot; Transportation <ul><li>COMPLETE STREETS </li></ul>11
  12. 12. “ Smart and Balanced&quot; Transportation <ul><li>COMPLETE STREETS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More information available at </li></ul></ul>12
  13. 13. Sustainability <ul><li>Minimal environmental impact of development and its operations </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-friendly technologies, respect for ecology and value of natural environment </li></ul>13
  14. 14. Upcoming Milestones <ul><li>Consultant Authorization and Kick-off </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Research of Each Concept </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct Charrette </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize Findings and Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Total Schedule: About 8 months </li></ul>18
  16. 16. Project Objectives <ul><li>Develop measures that reconnect the Downtown to the Bayfront using the most effective and efficient means with an emphasis on pedestrian comfort. This goal requires changing the current relatively high-speed, pedestrian-unfriendly character of US 41. </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts are focused toward developing an action plan that guides the design and construction process of improvements, which will utilize progressive concepts including, but not limited to, Complete Street Design, Context Sensitive Design, and those related to New Urbanism. </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement measures shall be phased as short-term (0 – 3 years) as well as long-term measures (3+ years). </li></ul>15
  17. 17. Geographic Scope <ul><li>Public Right-of-Way located within US 41 between 14 th Street to the North and Osprey Avenue to the South </li></ul><ul><li>Project influence area extends beyond geographic scope </li></ul>16
  18. 18. Project Participants <ul><li>City residents and local stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Florida DOT </li></ul><ul><li>Sarasota-Manatee MPO </li></ul><ul><li>People who want to be involved toward creating solutions! </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations based upon public feedback and technical merit </li></ul>17