Implementing a Sustainable Future in Nebraska - 09.25.13
design matters.
who we are
 Urban design and environmental nonprofit
dedicated to improving the way Omaha looks,
functions and feels
 Fa...
who we are
 Independent 501c3 organization governed by a
board of directors, receives community input from
an advisory co...
omaha by design at uno
 Housed in CPACS at UNO
since 2008
 Have applied for office
space in new Community
Engagement Cen...
our approach
 We convene and manage diverse groups of
people, all of whom have a stake in the issue at
hand.
 We execute...
education
 We believe that people
learn by seeing and
doing.
1. Build enthusiasm around
projects
2. Involve volunteers in...
economic development
We believe the way a
community looks,
functions and feels
directly affects its ability
to recruit new...
our beginnings
 Initial focus on improving Omaha’s public spaces
 Organizational role model is the
Project for Public Sp...
the “aha” moment
omahabydesign.org
what is possible?
omahabydesign.org
a revitalized riverfront, a revitalized city
omahabydesign.org
creation of urban design element
 Partnership between
City of Omaha and
Omaha by Design
 Nationally recognized
consultan...
urban design element
 21 goals and 73
recommendations
 Organized into Green,
Civic and
Neighborhood Omaha
components
 E...
zoning code revisions
 Highest priority of UDE
donors
 Another partnership
between City of
Omaha and Omaha by
Design
 U...
zoning code revisions
 25-member Technical
Advisory Group
 Extensive developer
involvement throughout
the process
 Two-...
monitoring the ude, zoning regulations
Urban Design Element Report Card
 Part of web site, monitors implementation progre...
implementation
green omaha at work
omahabydesign.org
The Cole Creek Project
civic omaha at work
omahabydesign.org
The Vinton Street Project
neighborhood omaha at work
omahabydesign.org
Curb Appeal on Ames Avenue:
The Block 46 Project
design matters.
RFQ and supporting materials are available at
greeninthecityomaha.com. Application deadline is Oct. 15, 20...
creation of environmental element
 Another partnership
between the City of
Omaha and Omaha by
Design
 Local expertise le...
environmental element
 More than 600
recommendations in 5
goal areas
 Natural Environment
 Urban Form &
Transportation
...
environmental element
 Mix of traditional
community
engagement practices
with new tools (social
media, MindMixer)
 Two-y...
economic impact of ee
 Branding
 Job creation
 Contributes to low utility
rates
 Increased disposable
income
 Protect...
implementation
eo at work – urban landscapes
omahabydesign.org
Bioretention garden at Orchard Park/The Cole Creek Project
eo at work – land development
Midtown Crossing
omahabydesign.org
eo at work – non-residential/new construction
omahabydesign.org
Aksarben Village
eoit, task forces
 Omaha by Design
convenes an Environment
Omaha Implementation
Team (EOIT)
 EOIT creates six volunteer
...
natural environment priority
 Create a natural
resources inventory
urban form/land use priority
 Insure compact,
contiguous urban area
 Support redevelopment
legislation
redevelopment finance committee
 Formed in 2012
 Support for related
legislation
 Redevelopment
finance fact sheet
 Sp...
Urban form/transportation priority
 Increase multimodal
transportation options
building construction priority
 Update city codes to
accommodate
renewable energy
systems
 Focus on both new and
redevel...
resource conservation priority
 Increase waste
diversion
 Decrease per capita
waste generation
community health priority
 Increase number of city
staff and design
professionals certified in
Crime Prevention
Through E...
eoit next steps
 November 2013
meeting
 Review
accomplishments
 Reprioritize strategies
 Determine next steps
questions
Thank you.
omahabydesign.org
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Urban Design and Environmental Issues - Omaha by Design

  1. 1. Implementing a Sustainable Future in Nebraska - 09.25.13 design matters.
  2. 2. who we are  Urban design and environmental nonprofit dedicated to improving the way Omaha looks, functions and feels  Facilitate partnerships among the public, private and philanthropic sectors to execute projects that will improve the quality of the city’s built and natural environments  Projects stem from recommendations outlined in the urban design and environmental components of the city’s master plan
  3. 3. who we are  Independent 501c3 organization governed by a board of directors, receives community input from an advisory committee composed of members from the public, private and philanthropic sectors  Operating budget supported by corporate and family philanthropists, fund-raising is conducted for individual projects  Staff of three and extensive professional volunteer base
  4. 4. omaha by design at uno  Housed in CPACS at UNO since 2008  Have applied for office space in new Community Engagement Center  Reciprocal relationship  enhances ability to execute ObD mission  provides students/faculty across disciplines with opportunities to participate in real-time urban design and environmental projects
  5. 5. our approach  We convene and manage diverse groups of people, all of whom have a stake in the issue at hand.  We execute three types of projects: 1. Demonstration 2. Capacity building 3. Planning
  6. 6. education  We believe that people learn by seeing and doing. 1. Build enthusiasm around projects 2. Involve volunteers in the execution of projects 3. Educate the public about important urban design and environmental issues facing the city community gardens
  7. 7. economic development We believe the way a community looks, functions and feels directly affects its ability to recruit new business and industry, retain its best and brightest, and thrive on social and cultural levels.
  8. 8. our beginnings  Initial focus on improving Omaha’s public spaces  Organizational role model is the Project for Public Spaces  First public/private/philanthropic partnership is with the City of Omaha and William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation to offer Place Game workshops free of charge to neighborhood and civic groups
  9. 9. the “aha” moment omahabydesign.org
  10. 10. what is possible? omahabydesign.org
  11. 11. a revitalized riverfront, a revitalized city omahabydesign.org
  12. 12. creation of urban design element  Partnership between City of Omaha and Omaha by Design  Nationally recognized consultants Jonathan Barnett and Brian Blaesser  $750,000 cost funded by private sector  Assisted by local Volunteer Working Group
  13. 13. urban design element  21 goals and 73 recommendations  Organized into Green, Civic and Neighborhood Omaha components  Extensive community engagement  Year-long development process, unanimously approved by the Omaha City Council in 2004 Neighborhood Omaha
  14. 14. zoning code revisions  Highest priority of UDE donors  Another partnership between City of Omaha and Omaha by Design  UDE consultants Blaesser and Barnett hired to lead process  $215,000 cost funded by the private sector build-to/set-back guidelines
  15. 15. zoning code revisions  25-member Technical Advisory Group  Extensive developer involvement throughout the process  Two-year effort, unanimously approved by the Omaha City Council in 2007 ground-level transparency
  16. 16. monitoring the ude, zoning regulations Urban Design Element Report Card  Part of web site, monitors implementation progress, updated annually Urban Design Review Board  Created in 2007 as the result of an UDE recommendation, all members selected from the Technical Advisory Group  Provides recommendations to the city planning director on issues related to urban design site plan reviews Technical Advisory Group  Reconvenes as necessary to address urban design-related zoning issues
  17. 17. implementation
  18. 18. green omaha at work omahabydesign.org The Cole Creek Project
  19. 19. civic omaha at work omahabydesign.org The Vinton Street Project
  20. 20. neighborhood omaha at work omahabydesign.org Curb Appeal on Ames Avenue: The Block 46 Project
  21. 21. design matters. RFQ and supporting materials are available at greeninthecityomaha.com. Application deadline is Oct. 15, 2013. omahabydesign.org
  22. 22. creation of environmental element  Another partnership between the City of Omaha and Omaha by Design  Local expertise leads the effort  $75,000 cost funded by Papio-Missouri River NRD, MAPA, City of Omaha Stormwater Management Program Grant
  23. 23. environmental element  More than 600 recommendations in 5 goal areas  Natural Environment  Urban Form & Transportation  Building Construction  Resource Conservation  Community Health non-residential renovation
  24. 24. environmental element  Mix of traditional community engagement practices with new tools (social media, MindMixer)  Two-year development process  More than 4,000 local volunteer hours logged  Unanimously approved by the Omaha City Council in 2010 transit
  25. 25. economic impact of ee  Branding  Job creation  Contributes to low utility rates  Increased disposable income  Protects economic benefits of natural systems  Reduced per capita costs
  26. 26. implementation
  27. 27. eo at work – urban landscapes omahabydesign.org Bioretention garden at Orchard Park/The Cole Creek Project
  28. 28. eo at work – land development Midtown Crossing omahabydesign.org
  29. 29. eo at work – non-residential/new construction omahabydesign.org Aksarben Village
  30. 30. eoit, task forces  Omaha by Design convenes an Environment Omaha Implementation Team (EOIT)  EOIT creates six volunteer task forces The 6:  Natural Environment  Urban Form/Land Use  Urban Form/Transportation  Building Construction  Resource Conservation  Community Health
  31. 31. natural environment priority  Create a natural resources inventory
  32. 32. urban form/land use priority  Insure compact, contiguous urban area  Support redevelopment legislation
  33. 33. redevelopment finance committee  Formed in 2012  Support for related legislation  Redevelopment finance fact sheet  Speaker’s Bureau  White paper (under development by UNO Ph.D. candidate)
  34. 34. Urban form/transportation priority  Increase multimodal transportation options
  35. 35. building construction priority  Update city codes to accommodate renewable energy systems  Focus on both new and redevelopment projects
  36. 36. resource conservation priority  Increase waste diversion  Decrease per capita waste generation
  37. 37. community health priority  Increase number of city staff and design professionals certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Recent CPTED workshop for a neighborhood group.
  38. 38. eoit next steps  November 2013 meeting  Review accomplishments  Reprioritize strategies  Determine next steps
  39. 39. questions
  40. 40. Thank you. omahabydesign.org Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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