Among the exercises, folks looked at and rated a grid of design elements for smaller-scaled neighborhood commercial and for arterial commercial-scaled businesses.
|Parking in front, parking in back, parking on the side|
Parking for neighborhood commercial (see third column from left)
- Small parking lot to the side of the building (Score: 34)
- On - street parking only (Score: 33)
- Small parking lot located in front of the building, between the building and the street sidewalk (Score: 26)
- Parking lot to the side of buildings, and buildings are placed up to the street sidewalk (Score: 40)
- Parking is provided on - street and in a parking lot that is concealed behind the commercial buildings, and buildings are placed up to the street sidewalk (Score: 37)
- Typical “strip-mall” design, with parking lot in front of the buildings (Score: 30)
- Commercial buildings and their storefronts placed up to the street sidewalk (Score: 33)
- Commercial buildings and their storefronts placed up to the street sidewalk, also with public plaza and seating areas between the businesses and the sidewalk in some cases (Score: 32)
- Commercial buildings placed back, away from the sidewalk . (Score: 16 )
|Vista Place has parking on the side - via CB|Two|
As for more specific discussion of neighborhood commercial redevelopment, right away there are two candidate sites for a pocket of neighborhood commercial development: The intersection of Sunnyview and Lansing, and the North Campus redevelopment at the State Hospital.
About Sunnyview and Lansing, mobility was central: Neighbors said they need complete sidewalks before neighborhood commercial development can make sense, and also asked about traffic, since cars back up at the intersection. Making it easy for people to walk and bike will reduce pressure for auto mobility, of course.
|Early plats show small orchard/farm land clearly|
(Heritage and Identity presentation)
In an article about the insane housing market in the Bay Area, the Palo Alto Planning Commissioner who resigned because she could no longer afford her own community, identified something about generational transition that also applies here, though in much lower intensity, of course:
We paved over the orchards to make way for the Baby Boomers, and now the Boomers are fighting with Millennials who want to turn one-story strip malls into four-story apartments.On the map from the July Heritage and Identity presentation, you can clearly see how much of the land was platted for orchards, often in five or ten acre lots, before being further subdivided for housing.
|Most of the housing was developed post-war|
If we want affordable housing, if we want vibrant urban spaces, if we want urban forms compatible with the changes coming at us from climate change, we cannot maintain our focus on mid-century style development patterns. It's in no way sustainable.
The State Hospital project is one of our best chances at a new template for a new generation, and we shouldn't refuse it or block it.
Keizer TGM Grant Award
The State has announced this year's round of Transportation and Growth Management grant awards. The joint City of Salem-Cherriots project did not win, but Keizer won a grant for a "Keizer Revitalization Area Plan":
Update, refine and/or replace the planning documents for the area surrounding the Chemawa Road / River Road intersection (River Road Renaissance Plan); the area near the intersection of Lockhaven / River Road (McNary Activity Center); and the Cherry Avenue area (Cherry Avenue Plan).That sounds promising! It's not something we'll probably follow very closely here, but it will be interesting to watch from afar. It would be great to see Keizer really embrace "mixed use and transit oriented development."
The project will identify appropriate boundary locations for the areas; include strategies to promote mixed use and transit oriented development; develop design requirements for new developments; encourage increased residential density within these areas; and, will help the city to meet some of its projected employment and residential needs while at the same time fostering commercial development within these areas.
The final plan will be adopted by the city council and will replace the previous documents as determined to be appropriate and will include revisions to the comprehensive plan and development code necessary to implement the plan.