BLE Update Station Area Plan Background Policy Context Station Area Plan – What are they & what they aren’t Developing Plans Next Steps
Quick Blue Line Extension Update It’s my understanding that at a future TSAC meeting, CATS BLE staff will be delivering a more detailed update.
9.3 miles Implementation in 2017 +25,000 daily riders Connects UNC Charlotte campuses in 22 minutes
Has anyone ridden the South Corridor Blue Line? It will be very similar to that project. There will be 11 stations – seven walk up and four with park and ride facilities. The stations are designed to accommodate three car trains. There will be about 3,000 parking spaces and an extensive connecting bus service. Stations are designed to be safe and convenient for customers and include security features, bicycling parking and they incorporate public art, trees and lighting. Tickets are purchased at the stations.
Station Area Plan Background
Multi-agency plan: There are many city and county departments that are working on this effort The current Station Area Planning process is covering the inner stations Station area plans were completed for four of these stations – Rocky River, City Boulevard, Harris/North Tryon and University City – as part of the University City Area Plan. However, as part of the Preliminary Engineering work, the Rocky River station was renamed “University City Boulevard”, the City Boulevard and Harris/North Tryon stations were combined as one station – McCullough – and the University City station was renamed “JW Clay Boulevard”. Updates to the University City Area Plan will be made to incorporate these changes.
A lot of ground work has been done toward station area planning for the BLE over the past several years. To begin with, Charlotte adopted Transit Station Area Principles in 2001 that are our starting point in this process. These make general recommendations for the type of land use, design and transportation facilities desired within a half mile walk distance of transit stations. We’ll discuss these further in a minute. We also use adopted land use plans, such as Belmont and Optimist Park and the NoDa Vision Plan that was developed by the NoDa community. Last summer, CATS and Planning staff prepared a New Starts application and Environmental Impact Statement as part of the Federal requirements for the project. Both of these documents look at both the entire corridor and each station in great detail to analyze demographics, environmental information, the street network and pedestrian environment, infrastructure, issues and opportunities and much more. This information then became part of the Existing Conditions Report that was developed for this project and all are available to the public
So why do we do Station Area Planning? What is the greater planning framework and policies that set this up?
I mentioned the Transit Station Area Principles earlier and another broad policy document we use as a starting point is the Centers, Corridors, and Wedges Growth Framework, Charlotte’s broad-based framework for growth. It has been used in some form since 1994 as the basis for the development of more detailed plans and policies. It illustrates a generalized land development pattern for Charlotte by categorizing land into one of three categories: Activity Centers, Growth Corridors, and Wedges. The Northeast Corridor is a Growth Corridor and were discussing Transit Station Areas within it. We’ll also identify Established Neighborhood Areas within the Corridor. “ Established Neighborhood Areas These sub-areas are those existing, primarily low density residential communities that are located within the Growth Corridors. These areas: are typically comprised of single family housing, but may also include some multi-family, commercial and civic uses, as well as some mixed or multi-use developments; should be maintained and enhanced; should be protected with a transition from more intense development that adversely impacts the character of the neighborhood. “
Station Area Plan What is it? What does it cover? What kind of Elements does it contain? What it isn’t. How it is implemented
What is a station area plan? It’s a policy guide that provides a framework for future growth and development. It provide detailed land use, community design and transportation recommendations for each station area. It identifies public and private investments and strategies needed to realize the plan vision. And it represents a shared vision for the future.
The principles cover: detailed land use, community design and transportation recommendations for each station area.
Station area plans are very similar to your typical area plan – They include a vision, land use/community design and transportation recommendations, recommended infrastructure improvements and sometimes recommended zoning changes. They also include street cross section that identify future curb lines and building setbacks from the curb.
There are several ways that area plan recommendations are implemented. One is through the rezoning process as development occurs; Another is through public/private partnerships and joint development opportunities; Another is through corrective rezonings and transit supportive zoning; And another is through the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Program, also referred to as NECI. NECI identifies a wide variety of infrastructure projects, like sidewalks, bicycle facilities, stormwater improvements and others that improve accessibility and promote economic development in station areas. At this time, the NECI program is only partially funded, but we hope that will change. We’ll discuss this program and identified projects at our 3 rd workshop.
How do we develop station area plans? Establish Boundaries Provide Conceptual Plans for Public Reaction Public meetings, workshops and next steps
The red lines show the station area boundaries that we’ll be discussing tonight. Generally, the boundaries include properties within a half mile walk distance of the transit station area. Some include properties zoned single family. I want to stress, though, that typically established neighborhoods are identified for protection and preservation. We also use “natural” boundaries like streets and rear property lines where possible.
Considers the vision and goals Illustrates the recommended development pattern General in nature and to provide guidance for policies Along with a similar overview presentation to this, at the last meeting on October 4, staff presented the conceptual plans
Major next steps for the project include Utility Relocation, ROW Acquisition and Final Design. Construction is scheduled to begin next fall with operations to begin in the spring of 2017.
2012 1011 BLE SAP TSAC Presentation
LYNX Blue Line Extension Transit Station Area Plan Update to TSAC October 11, 2012City of Charlotte
Today’s Meeting • Quick BLE Update • Background • Policy Context • Station Area Plan • Developing Plans • Next StepsCity of Charlotte
BLE Overview • 9.3 mile light rail extension from Center City to UNC Charlotte campus • 11 Stations • 4 park and ride lots; 3,100 parking spaces • Will serve an additional 24,500 riders/day • Congestion-free commute; 22 minutes from Center City to UNC CharlotteCity of Charlotte
BLE Stations • 11 Stations (7 walk-up / 4 park-and-ride) • Platforms accommodate 3-car trains • ~ 3,100 parking spaces • Connecting bus services • Station amenities: o Security features o Bicycle parking o Public art o Shelters, garbage cans, benches o Trees o Lighting o Ticket vending machines (TVMs) o Maps and schedulesCity of Charlotte
Station Area Plan Background • Current Effort: o Parkwood o 25th Street o 36th Street o Sugar Creek o Old Concord Rd o Tom Hunter • University City Area Plan o Complete o University Area StationsCity of Charlotte
Centers, Corridors & Wedges Growth Framework Activity Centers • Center City • Mixed Use Center • Industrial Center Growth Corridors • Established Neighborhood Areas • Transit Station Areas • Interchange Areas • General Corridor Areas WedgesCity of Charlotte
What is a Station Area Plan? • Policy Guide • Provides a Framework for Future Growth and Development • Detailed Land Use and Community Design Recommendations Station Area Plan • Identifies Public and Private Investments and Strategies • Represents a Shared Vision for the FutureCity of Charlotte
Station Area Plan Principles Land Use Community Design MobilityCity of Charlotte
Station Area Plan Elements • Elements Typical of Area Plans o Vision o Land Use/Transportation/Community Design Recommendations o Recommended Infrastructure Improvements o Implementation Section with Recommended Zoning Changes o Street cross-sections – Identify Future Curb Lines – Identifying Setbacks from Back-of-Curb LinesCity of Charlotte
What it is and isn’t… Clarify the Vision for the AreaIdentify and provide policies to Create regulations oraddress development opportunities But not . . . lawsand issuesIdentify public and private Provide funding andinvestments needed to achieve But not . . . implementationvision means overnightPossibly recommend zoning But not . . . Rezone propertychanges in appropriate locationsGuide more appropriate But not . . . Halt developmentdevelopmentCity of Charlotte
Implementation – Street Cross-sections that Identify Future Curb Lines – Identifying Setbacks from Back- of-Curb LinesCity of Charlotte
Boundaries • Properties within ½ mile of the transit station. • Includes some properties in neighborhoods zoned single family. – Street Cross-sections that • Uses “natural” Identify Future Curb Lines boundaries where – Identifying Setbacks from Back- possible (streets, of-Curb Lines rear property lines, etc.).City of Charlotte
Conceptual Plans • Consider vision and goals • Illustrate recommended development pattern • General in nature and to provide guidance for policiesCity of Charlotte
Next Steps Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church Public 101 W. Sugar Creek Road Workshop Charlotte, NC 28213 No. 2 6:00 p.m. October 18, Public 2012 Public Workshop Workshop No. 1 No. 3 October 4, 2012 November 1, 2012 Data Review Wrap-Up Public Collection and Meeting and January 2013 Analysis Adoptio Summer 2012 n Spring 2013City of Charlotte