R1: Reinvesting for Complete Communities
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. EDT
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This panel will address efforts to coordinate reinvestment in three major cities in Delaware and Maryland. In Salisbury, Maryland, the Maryland Department of Planning has collaborated with the City to invigorate downtown Salisbury’s strategic areas with a dynamic mix of projects. The MD Department of Planning combined data and city input in multiple software programs including ArcMap, City Engine, SketchUp, and Google Earth to visualize potential developments based on zoning, land use, site constraints, and acreage. The results, which consider potential developments considerate of street frontage and building design, include animated ‘fly-through’ videos shared with developers to attract proposals. This presentation provides an appreciation for the possibilities of realistic visualization of development patterns employing existing data. In Wilmington, Delaware, the City is presently developing a Citywide Comprehensive Plan. Having recently benefitted from a number of planning initiatives that have engaged residents, the City is now beginning to coordinate patterns of public, philanthropic and corporate reinvestment in the city’s infrastructure. By working alongside civic institutions, housing and transportation agencies, foundations, environmental organizations and corporations, the emerging Citywide Comprehensive Plan will seek to direct patterns of reinvestment and establish a sustained public involvement in urban design. In Baltimore, Maryland, a new casino is currently being constructed and State law requires that a percentage of the revenue received from gaming facilities must go back to local communities in the form of local impact grants. This means, for the neighborhoods surrounding the new casino, there will be an estimated $15-$20 million per year available for local projects. This presentation is about the City Planning Department’s efforts to develop a master plan for clean, safe and livable communities in these neighborhoods, to serve as a guide to direct that funding over the next 20-30 years. It is also a presentation on how to use data tools, especially GIS, to manage such a process.