Zoning Practice — February 2011

Ask the Author

Here are reader questions answered by David Dixon, author of the February 2011 Zoning Practice article "Rethinking Corridors."

Question from Patricia Newton, Fort Worth, TX:

I am seeking example quality corridor planning reports. If you are aware of communities that have quality plans, please let me know.

Answer from author David Dixon:

The following list represents recent corridor planning initiatives that Goody Clancy has prepared or which I am directly familiar with and think would be of value:

  • Clifton Road Corridor Design Guidelines, Dekalb County, Georgia (prepared for the Clifton Community Partnership by Goody Clancy), 2009
  • Bridge Street Corridor Study, Dublin, Ohio (prepared for the City of Dublin by Goody Clancy), 2010
  • Annapolis Road Corridor Plan, Prince Georges County, MD (prepared for Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission by Goody Clancy), 2010
  • Route 1 Corridor Study, City of Alexandria, VA (prepared for and by the City), 2007
  • Columbia Pike Initiative, Arlington, VA (prepared for the Arlington County by a series of consultants), 2001-10

It is probably not surprising, but all of the studies listed, except Annapolis Road, represent corridors in relatively affluent areas for which there is strong market support for redevelopment and the urban living is visibly growing. That said, Annapolis Road (surrounded by moderate to middle income African American neighborhoods) is also located in metro DC and subject to the same aspirations and confidence as places like Alexandria and Arlington.