Step by Step: Catalyzing Walkable Redevelopment
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. EDT
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Step by step, a growing number of North Carolina communities are transforming suburbia. What strategies are working well, and what aren’t? Planners from Charlotte and Chapel Hill will present recent experiences using redevelopment to turn suburban districts into more walkable places. Participants will learn how form-based codes can create a compelling entitlements framework, the use of synthetic tax increment financing for public infrastructure investment, and how a municipality can serve as master developer.
Participants will learn:
-Different ways that municipalities are leading redevelopment efforts, including challenges and opportunities within
these various approaches.
-How land acquisition and infrastructure planning are being used to retrofit a former mall site in Charlotte.
-How a form-based code and infrastructure investments are being used to drive transformation of an aging
suburban commercial district in Chapel Hill.
-How these communities have adjusted their strategies in order to meet their goals.
-How these examples fit into the larger context of communities that are doing this work across North Carolina.
The overarching goal of this session will be to share experiences in a way that is transferable to other communities around the state. We are also interested to learn from experiences and questions that participants share during the question-and-answer portion of the session.
Charlotte will focus on their efforts to redevelop the former Eastland Mall. The City's initial strategy was to resell the entire 80-acre property to a developer. Because the market response did not fit with the City's goals for this area, Charlotte decided to take a more incremental approach. Today, the City is playing the role of master developer, selling off properties within a planned street network informed by design guidelines that emerged from a 3-year public engagement process.
Chapel Hill will share its efforts to redevelop an aging suburban commercial district, bisected by a major highway. With a tax base that is heavily dependent upon residential property taxes, Chapel Hill is experimenting with its first form-based code as an economic development strategy. The Town is also using a synthetic TIF (installment financing) to pay for needed road improvements that mitigate congestion and support redevelopment.
Ben Hitchings, AICP
Todd DeLong, AICP
Benjamin Howell, email@example.com