Influencing Community Design Through the Use of Corridor Enhancement and Historic District Overlay Zoning

APA Virginia Chapter


Tuesday, July 24, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

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In this session, attendees will hear how a small VA city with a very small planning staff guides physical development both within the historic core as well as the primarily suburban/urban entry corridors. Presenters, including two professional staff planners and one licensed architect who serves as chair of the local architectural review board, will identify urban design challenges, highlight efforts to integrate public and private investment, and reflect on the successes and frustrations of urban design efforts. Sometimes these initiatives appear to be an insurmountable “mountain of influence” for local government planners when attempting to realize the broader community potential beyond what’s typically achievable in a core historic downtown.

Local planners can play a pivotal role as agents of physical change in their communities by functioning as advocates for and enforcers of good design and preservation. Corridor Enhancement district and Historic district overlay zoning help facilitate direct and lasting impact on the visual appeal of their community.

In addition to providing an overview of Winchester’s many decades of experience with managing historic district design review, the lecture will showcase a recent gateway enhancement project that incorporates interpretive panels addressing African-American history and Industrial heritage as well as a recent partnership between the City and Shenandoah University to completely redefine the arrival experience through Winchester’s principal gateway between Interstate 81 and the Old Town area.


Timothy Youmans

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David Stewart

Confirmed Speaker

A native of Falls Church, Virginia, David Stewart recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. Before that, he received a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning, from the University of New Orleans, with a Certificate of Historic Preservation. Now as Planner ... Read More

Kevin Walker

Confirmed Speaker

Kevin received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2003, became a licensed architect in 2009, and is in his 15th year working with Reader &Swartz Architects. Mr. Walker has been a member of the City ... Read More

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