Work Products

A Compilation of our Work Products.

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The DRAFT Project Benefits Metrics Report (PBMR) discusses proposed performance metrics and projected benefit values associated with regional and local sustainability plans and their objectives.  The DRAFT PBMR will be reviewed and revised as appropriate at the end of the project.

Task 2: Public Outreach Plan DRAFT

The Public Outreach Plan identifies the range of activities and techniques that are planned to be used to elicit public comment and participation through the project.

Task 3.1: Document Review

A technical memorandum that discusses the Consultant’s review of the Town’s development plans and regulations (zoning).

Task 3.3A: Site Tour Notes

A memorandum and map documenting an orientation tour of Town commercial centers.

Task 3.3B: Staff Kick-Off Meeting Notes

A memorandum documenting a kick-off meeting and debriefing between Town Staff and the Project Consultants.

Task 3.3C: March 8th, 2016 WC-TC Accepted Meeting Notes

The Consultant’s presentation and Meeting notes from a joint meeting of the Technical Committee and the Working Committee held on March 8, 2016.

Task 3.3D: Stakeholder Interview Summaries

Notes from interviews by the Consultant with various stakeholder groups.

Task 3.3E: March 9th, 2016 Public Briefing Meeting Presentation Notes

The Consultant’s presentation from the Project Briefing to the Public on March 9, 2016. Note: Very large file size (~50MB)

Task 4.1: Comprehensive Plan Analysis

A technical memorandum that documents an analysis of the Comprehensive Plan with an emphasis on commercial and mixed-use centers. The memorandum focuses on the hierarchy, organization, typologies, and descriptions of centers in the Plan. The analysis includes an assessment of current zoning provisions and mapping intended to guide and implement development of the centers.

Task 4.2: Memoranda Parts 1 & 2

Technical memoranda that review existing zoning districts as they are applied to the planned commercial centers and investigates potential new districts and planning provisions to implement them.

Note: This is a very large file and may take some time to download.

Task 4.2: Recommended Commercial Centers for Pilot Locations

The Project Working Committee has considered the Consultant’s findings discussed in the memorandum and agreed to modify the Commercial Centers chosen as pilot locations as recommended.

Task 4.5A: Town Board Presentation

On September 6, 2016 Code Studio made a presentation to the Amherst Town Board and sought its comments on work completed to that point, and confirm the direction of the project. The Consultant reviewed key issues from the analysis of the Comprehensive Plan and its correspondence with the Zoning Code. Click here to view a recording of the meeting and find presentation materials.

Task 5.1 Activity Center Precedents

The Activity Center Precedent Report outlines successful cases of mixed-use activity centers located in communities within New York State and other regions. Various types of centers are included that serve as examples for the pilot areas (see Task 4.2) located in Amherst. The precedent sites can be helpful to envisioning the form, massing, and density possible at the different types of commercial and mixed-use centers . The Report provides photos and maps for each center, describes its characteristics and surrounding context, and provides Web links to other information. The cases cited are good examples of new development and redevelopment projects to inform participation in the Public Input Workshop.

Note: This is a very large file and may take some time to download.

Task 5.3 Public Input Workshop (Charrette) Summary Report

This report documents activities from the Public Input Workshop (Tasks 5.2 A-D). The Report discusses the Workshop, details from the Work-in-Progress meeting, stakeholder comments, planning and design considerations, and development concepts for each pilot area identified in Task 4.2. The concepts are intended to provide examples and characteristics of development that may occur in various types and scales of commercial center. They will be useful to developing amendments to the commercial and mixed-use components of the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code.

Note: This is a very large file and may take some time to download.

Task 6.0 Draft Plan Amendment – Form and Type descriptions

Over the past few months the Committee has studied the commercial and mixed use areas designated in the Future Land Use Map (Figure 6 – in the Plan) and developed new maps and recommendations to better distinguish areas by their scale, location, and neighborhood context. The Committee has proposed “typologies” to categorize these areas which consist of two forms: suburban and traditional, and four types: center, corridor, medium-scale node, and low-scale node. The Committee identified a current designation for each center and identified centers that might change or transform in the future. The different types and forms will be described in the Plan, and will provide guidance for the creation of new zoning provisions that may include development principles, level of change, building design criteria, and economic function.

Task 6.1 Draft Plan Amendment for Chapter 3 & 10

On September 14, 2017 the Planning Board recommended proposed amendments to Chapters 3 & 10 of the Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan to the Town Board. The DRAFT amendments can be accessed through the link above. The Planning Board and the Imagine Amherst Project Working Committee have studied the commercial and mixed-use areas designated in the Future Land Use Map (Figure 6 – in the Plan) and developed a new companion map (Figure 6-A) and recommendations to better distinguish areas by their scale, location, and neighborhood context. The Proposed Amendments feature “typologies” that categorize these areas into combinations of form: suburban and traditional, and type: center, corridor, medium-scale node, and low-scale node. The Amendments propose a designation of form and type for each center. The different combinations of form and type are described in the Plan; these descriptions will provide guidance for the creation of new zoning provisions to support implementation of the Plan recommendations.

The Town Board held a public hearing on the DRAFT Amendments to the Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan on October 30, 2017. On December 11, 2017 the Town Board found that the requirements of SEQR had been completed and voted to adopt these amendments to Plan
Note: Use the hypertext link in the Task title to access the PDF document for this task. The document has been updated as of 12/18/17.

Draft Zoning Framework

Based on the Plan Amendments that have been endorsed by the Project Committee, a Draft Zoning Framework was created in order to provide guidance on how the zoning regulations will implement the new Plan language. This framework include proposed zoning districts based on the two forms and four types presented in the Plan. It also includes information on proposed heights, frontage types, transitions and block standards.

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