Forum participants formed working groups based around the Commission’s key issue Committees Thursday, establishing a wish-list of sorts – goals, objectives and working recommendations. On Friday, Forum designers begin to conceive and illustrate ideas that help satisfy the working goals. This work in progress will be reviewed and commented on by local officials on Saturday and then revised for Monday’s final presentations.
Goals: Improve regional and local connectivity. Reduce vehicular dependence.
- Complete and fund the implementation of CSX railroad relocation.
- Implement east/west corridor on CSX right of way with lightrail and boulevard.
- Ferry at bays for pedestrians and vehicles. Coordinate with public transportation at landings.
- Calm Highway 90 traffic; convert to parkway boulevard section.
- Enable trolley transit along coastal route/parkway.
- Explore radical concepts, such as abandoning bay bridges.
- Explore development of additional east/west and north/south connections, considering evacuation routes, transit and multimodal connections.
- Provide a vehicular connection from airport to Highway 90, and transit connection to airport.
- Provide cruise ship port accessibility.
- Create inland seafood port.
- Plan and write ordinances to implement continuous waterfront walkway extending boardwalk in front of the casinos and other private waterfront properties.
Goals: Increase supply of affordable housing. Facilitate rebuilding of existing stock.
- Change zoning to allow outbuildings and temporary trailers on a single family site.
- Allow live/work and residence over professional office and retail.
- Allow for adaptive reuse of existing buildings.
- Encourage modular/prefabricated structures with individual identity.
- Design housing with simplified economical shapes.
- Reopen mobile home plants to build modular housing.
- Create legislation for transfer of development so homeowners can swap land for higher ground.
- Engage Habitat for Humanity and other volunteer groups.
- Convince FEMA to allow residents to choose to accept risk and not require flood insurance or higher foundation requirements.
- Keep vernacular architecture.
- Create a levee system to eliminate requirements to raise structures.
- Adopt policies such as inclusive zoning for medium and high density housing development.
Goals: Encourage rebuilding and infill in existing coastal urban centers. Establish SmartGrowth parameters for outlying areas. Rebuild and create transit-oriented pedestrian-friendly mixed-use communities.
- Establish form-based codes to accommodate transitions between densities and building types.
- Define community identity.
- Encourage walkable mixed-use development, consider single-use as a variance.
- Implement new form-based code as temporary alternative to current zoning to transition to permanent code.
- Map transect zones for each town and county.
- Develop a system of land value transfers, for instance, purchase of development rights (pdr), transfer of development rights (tdr), easements, tax abatements, etc.
- Train local planners, architects, developers in form-based coding, and educate the public.
- Establish special design guidelines for properties along scenic Highway 90.
- Establish design guidelines for properties adjacent to wetlands.
- Establish parameters for special districts such as the harbor, new seafood park, etc.
Goals: Establish state-wide building code (international building code, standard code etc). Uniform and consistent building codes across jurisdictions to facilitate rebuilding.
- Prioritize regulations for six coastal county codes responding to need for wind loads.
- Educate legislators, public, elected local officials, media.
- Establish GovernorÊ¼s Commission to implement uniform code.
- Enlist support from construction coalition, insurance commission, financial institutions, fire marshals, supervisors.
- Address improvements for existing structures.
- Address exemptions for historic structures.
Goals: Improve environmental quality in community development. Appropriate locations for building. Improved accommodation and management of solid waste. Restoration of natural resources. Improved waste-water treatment.
Management of solid waste
- Identify sites of destruction that should not be rebuilt.
- Establish a system of land value transfers: purchase of development rights (pdr), transfer of development rights (tdr), easements, tax abatements, etc.
- Identify sensitive open space that should be protected.
- Identify preferred places for development.
- Encourage compact development to enable open space preservation.
- Establish land-use plans to reflect above.
- Reduce waste volume by sorting by type.
- Use existing landfill sites for temporary staging and sorting.
- Remove concrete for recycling.
- Identify other opportunities for reuse of debris.
- Encourage new industry to salvage architectural elements.
- Identify and secure land for future waste needs, including future catastrophic events.
- Consider a facility to integrate water and solid-waste treatment.
- Create eco-industrial park.
- Create incentives to conserve capacity.
- Promote solid-waste education and eco-tourism.
- Promote water conservation and building codes.
- Protect and renew barrier islands for use of dredged storm material.
- Create wetland habitats with dredged material.
- Use recycled concrete to protect sensitive shores and create fishing reefs.
- Develop management plans for invasive species.
- Promote transportation choices to reduce vehicular dependence and improve air quality.
- Restore select recovered areas to natural state.
- Promote storm-water management through county-wide district.
- Require erosion control during construction.
- Adopt dark sky and noise regulations.
- Promote beauty.
- Upgrade and relocate waste-water plants to sites deeper inland.
- Upgrade waste-water collection system and outfalls.
- Establish county-wide waste-water management.
- Adopt state legislation to allow counties and municipalities to have higher septic standards.
- Identify funding source to support enforcement.