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Category Archives: Haywood Road Corridor Committee
A resolution adopting the Haywood Road Vision Plan is on City Council’s agenda for February 25, 2014.
WABA and many members of our community have been working with City Planning staff on the Haywood Road Vision Plan since 2002. It has been a long process, but we are proud of our community for sticking with it and working so well with the City staff to develop the plan.
We touched base with the community throughout the process via surveys and public meetings and are extremely pleased with the level of involvement put forth by members of our community and businesses along the corridor.
The final version of the Haywood Road Vision Plan identifies six community priority subject areas:
- Transportation and Streetscape Issues
- Historic Preservation
- Zoning and Land Use Issues
- Economic Development
- Neighborhood Issues
Full staff report to City Council can be viewed here: http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Portals/0/city-documents/cityclerk/mayor_and_citycouncil/current%20agenda/New-A%20-%20Haywood%20Rd%20Vision%20Plan.pdf
Because of our community vision and dedication, Haywood Road was selected for the Form-Based Code zoning work initiated last year. This is a new type of zoning for the City of Asheville and Haywood Road is an ideal testing ground for such, especially as it directly addresses items put forth in the Vision Plan. Consulting firm Code Studio was contracted by the City of Asheville to develop a proposal for a form-based code along Haywood Road. They used the draft Haywood Road Vision Plan as a starting point in their process, then conducted many community and stakeholder meetings as well as a charrette to hone in on details for the code. The proposed Form-based Code will be presented back to the community for review this spring. To read more about that process, please visit the Code Studio site: http://haywoodroad.code-studio.com
The Haywood Road Vision Plan, a community initiative supported by City of Asheville staff, is taking the next steps towards formal adoption. It will go before Planning & Zoning on February 5, 2014 for consideration and recommendation. The next step after that is adoption by City Council.
Planning and Zoning Meeting
Starts at: 5:00 PM
Location: North Conference Room, City Hall
The current draft can be viewed as a pdf here: HaywoodRoadVisionPlan
Photos and graphics will be added to the final document.
Thanks for all the hard work by a lot of members of our community.
The draft Haywood Road Vision Plan is now ready for review on the City’s project page website and clickable at this link and afterwards scrolling down to the WEST area tab.
The Vision Plan effort focused on Haywood Road for the 2.5 mile stretch from the French Broad River to Patton Avenue. The plan, developed over a number of years, has been a cooperative effort of residents, business and property owners and City staff that prepared the groundwork for six community identified priorities:
- Transportation and Streetscape Issues,
- Historic Preservation,
- Zoning and Land Use Issues,
- Economic Development,
- Neighborhood Issues.
Each section has a list of strategies designed to improve the vitality of Haywood Road and west Asheville. The plan acknowledges the balance between growing and expanding the economic base of the community and the desire from neighbors to maintain a great place to live work and play.
The work that has gone into the Vision Plan led to the Haywood Road Form Based Code study currently underway for the corridor that is looking at land use and building scale. The Vision Plan concepts have been reviewed and summarized at community meetings a number of times and so now the plan is now being proposed for formal adoption. The plan is scheduled to be considered by Planning and Zoning Commission at their January 16, 2014 meeting. If you have questions or need additional information please call Alan Glines at 828-259-5556 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Charrette Report for the Haywood Road Form Based Code project is now available for review at the following link. http://haywoodroad.code-studio.com/2013/11/21/draft-charrette-report-posted/
The Code Studio planning team has made the Haywood Road Form Based Code Charrette Report available for comment and review. When you click on the charrette report link, there will be spaces below where you can write comments, or you can comment directly to Alan Glines email@example.com. You can also find project history and an updated schedule for upcoming events (happening next year) for the project at: www.haywoodroad.code-studio.com .
The Charrette Report covers the vast amount of research, community input and ideas gathered from focus group meetings and points the way for the development of the actual Form Based Code in the coming months. Most of the outreach for the Form Based Code project was gathered during a 5 day charrette ( a charrette is a concentrated time for collaborative planning with community input) that was held in mid-September and which culminated in a presentation to the community. Several hundred citizens participated in at least one aspect of the Design Charette. The charrette consisted of a Saturday public workshop, stakeholder groups, drop-in studio time, an Open House event, and a final presentation on Wednesday September 18. Since that time Code Studio, the planning consultants for the project have been working to synthesize the information for this report.
The next step in the form based code project will be for the Consultant team to begin work on a draft of the Form Based Code and return to Asheville to present this draft at a community meeting in February.
Following the successful Design Charrette held last month, the schedule for the Haywood Road Form-Based Code has been announced. The consultant team is currently finalizing the Charrette Report which will recap research findings, public comment, maps generated during public meetings, and the consultant concepts developed for Haywood Road. This report will be delivered in early November and will be posted on the City Project Page:http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/CommunityRelations/ProjectsandInitiativesInformation.aspx
Code Studio, the lead consultant, will be drafting the form code during November through January and it will be made public and posted on the project page in February. Following the release, there will be a public meeting in late February to give citizens the opportunity to comment on the draft form code. The consultants will then take those comments and make adjustments to the draft, returning to Asheville in April to present the final code to the Planning and Zoning Commission at a worksession. Both the public and City Council will be invited to this meeting. The consultants will make final adjustments, if needed, after this meeting and will deliver the final report and form code to staff. Planning and Development staff expects to bring the final form code to the Planning and Zoning Commission for presentation and possible adoption in April, and anticipate that it will reach City Council for a public hearing in May, 2014.
“Although this schedule is more extended than originally conceived, the timing will now give staff time to put finishing touches on the community generated Haywood Road Vision Plan so it can be presented to City Council in late January while the form code is still being developed,” said Planning and Development Director Judy Daniel.
Several hundred citizens participated in at least one aspect of the Design Charrette for the Haywood Road Form-Based Code project held over five days in September. The charrette consisted of a Saturday Public Workshop, stakeholder groups, a drop-in studio, Open House and a final presentation on Wednesday night. The final presentation made at Hall Fletcher can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1872SeU. In the presentation, Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio and Paul Moore of Nelson Nygaard talk about future development on the corridor and the potential changes to the roadway that will make it more pedestrian and bike friendly.
A form based code is a newer planning tool that is rapidly emerging as a preferred alternative to traditional zoning. Form based codes help create a predictable public realm on the street, by guiding the form and placement of new (and renovated) buildings and a predictable development review process for the development community since new construction outcomes can be anticipated based on the details of the adopted form code. The Haywood Road project is planned as a pilot for the rest of the City. The Asheville City Council funded this project out of recognition that the city will have to grow within its current boundaries, and not through annexation. And if higher intensity development is needed, form based standards and a more predictable development review process will become even more important for residents and developers. Form based code can be a vehicle to have clear expectations for development so investors know in advance what the community wants and will accept.
For more information on the Haywood Road Corridor Form Based Code process, email Alan Glines firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-259-5556. Presentations, pictures and additional information are available at www.haywoodroad.code-studio.com.
HAYWOOD ROAD FORM BASE CODE PROJECT Updated Timeline
Delivery of FBC Charrette Report: November 14
Complete Haywood Road Vision Plan: November – December
P&Z and Council Hearings on Vision Plan: January 8 / Late January
Delivery of FBC First Draft: January 17
CONSULTANT visit for staff/steering committee meetings: January 29
Delivery of FBC Final Draft: February 14
CONSULTANT visit for public presentation: February 26
Delivery of FBC Document (with any requested revisions): March 7
CONSULTANT visit for FBC P&Z/Council Work Session: March 20
FBC Planning and Zoning Commission Hearing: April 3 or Special meeting or May 7*
FBC Presentation and Hearing at City Council: Late April, or May (depending on P&Z)