The maps on the first page of the summary are rather a splatter, but the larger map on the second page is much neater and aims to show "areas where there has been some level of agreement."
|Areas of agreement|
- Industrial (blue)
- Single Family (yellow)
- Mixed use (purple)
- Commercial (red)
|Mixed use areas are mostly the usual suspects|
- Doaks Ferry/Orchard Heights (You might recall the NCMU zoning and Bone Property from nearly a decade ago)
- Edgewater district (lots on that here)
- Downtown and north Front Street (some notes on North Downtown plans here)
- State Street (of course the State Street Corridor study)
- Lancaster Drive
But the most definitely new thing appears to be a desired conversion of Fairview from a large mixed-use project to single, detached housing.
|Fairview in yellow for "single family" housing|
|The original concept was not just for single detached housing|
Maybe the project team will unveil a set of ideas later that is more comprehensive and responsive to climate. But I worry that we are heading down that path of "more of the same"; and that after that conservatism is baked into the Comprehensive Plan, we will struggle mightily to layer in changes from any Climate Action Plan.
It might be prudent to pause the Comprehensive Plan until we see what kinds of changes the Climate Action Plan requires. This bottom-up approach right now in Our Salem may have a bias against change and may not be able to instantiate the values we profess to hold. As it is, we will say we want to reduce emissions, but our land use pattern will demonstrate otherwise.
Moreover, with the pandemic, any preferences or other information the project collects at this moment may be colored by fear and risk-aversion. It is possible that new numbers of people telecommuting and walking in the neighborhood will prompt reconsideration and prompt calls for more change. But it's also possible that there will be a contraction of horizons and so public comment right now requires a kind of asterisk and special handling, as it may not express durable opinion.