Looking at case studies in their own work, as well as new emerging technologies in transportation and telecommuting, they discussed how planners and designers are shaping the neighborhoods of the future. Exploring the principles of smart growth, adaptive reuse, and complete streets in neighborhood planning, their presentation touched upon a broad range of ideas about what constitutes a “smart” city. With one eye towards the future and one eye towards this past, they demonstrated how new technology, data, and tools can enhance age-old urban design practices to create places that people want to be.
The new community vision for Downtown Missoula is complete
Following a full year of planning and community outreach and input with more than 3,000 individuals participating, Missoula’s new Downtown Master Plan was approved on November 4, 2019 by the Missoula City Council as an amendment to the City's Growth Policy.
The Plan is structured around five consensus “Big Ideas” which emerged as part of the public process:
DOWNTOWN NEEDS TO BE MORE THAN ONE “POSTCARD” VIEW
IMPROVE MOBILITY, HEALTH & SAFETY
STAY ORIGINAL, STAY AUTHENTIC, BE GREEN & CREATE OPPORTUNITY
ENHANCE PARKS & PUBLIC SPACES & BETTER UTILIZE THE RIVER
DOWNTOWN FOR EVERYONE
For more information on the Plan and to view the Plan itself, please visit the link below.
On 9.26.2019 the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization officially adopted its Long Range Transportation Plan for 2045. Plan adoption followed a 16-month plan creation process in which DK&P assisted Gannett Fleming. The plan links long range transportation investment with projected changes to climate and local sea level rise.
The plan prioritizes full implementation of the SMART Plan as envisioned by Seven50, the Regional Plan for Southeast Florida. Seven50 was co-authored by DK&P and the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils. The new Miami-Dade LRTP takes a step toward implementing the “Region-in-Motion” Scenario envisioned by the Seven50 Regional Plan.
On Oct. 1, the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency board unanimously adopted Lake Wales Connected, a strategy for revitalization of the city’s historic Downtown and one of its most important close-in neighborhoods.
The plan builds upon the bold “city as a garden” vision established by the famous Olmsted Brothers firm. Lake Wales Connected describes upgrades to streets and public spaces, including re-planting a consistent canopy of shade trees, which will not only beautify the city but also raise property values and quality of life. The plan also calls for the addition of a new town square, extending trails and bike paths to unify city neighborhoods, completing a network of walkable sidewalks, and encouraging more affordable housing and home ownership through city incentives.
After months of work and input from thousands of stakeholders, leaders in Panama City, Florida unanimously approved a new strategic vision for the historic downtown area and its waterfront. This document is part of long-term recovery and economic restructuring following Hurricane Michael, which swept through the region one year ago. Officials want to make the city a better place to live, work and invest, setting an example for the whole Florida Panhandle. The long-term recovery plan includes specific ways to improve and actions the city can take to achieve them. Some of the recommendations include updating the city’s waterfront with tree-shaded walkways and bikeways, improving the Harrison Avenue streetscape, adding housing downtown, strengthening the stormwater infrastructure, adapting to sea level rise, and upgrading parks and other public gathering places.
Homes Facing McKenzie Park
Each year we welcome a limited number of student interns into our interdisciplinary studio to join in on the work of making better cities and towns. Coming from varied hometowns and academic backgrounds--and from numerous fields of study related to urbanism-- our interns tackle challenging real-world design, development, research, public outreach and communications tasks. Interns do creative work, sit in on client meetings, and help run designing-in-public events right alongside our fulltime staff. It's not unpaid work; our interns earn a modest beginner salary while getting a firsthand experience with a dynamic, fastpaced wing of the planning and urban design professions. Many of our fulltime staff members first began working at DK&P as student interns.
Between now and November 15, 2019, we'll be reviewing student portfolios and begin notifying interns selected for 2020.
During a presentation yesterday evening, the public received a first look at the proposed redevelopment of 112 acres of Chattanooga riverfront. The program was held on Riverfront Parkway inside the blue high bay buildings (formerly known as Alstom), which are within property owned by Urban Story Ventures. The vision depicts Chattanooga’s next great neighborhood, where people can live, work, and enjoy themselves along the Tennessee River. Dover, Kohl & Partners was selected to draft the initial concepts together with a multidisciplinary team of experts that included Horsley Witten Group, VHB Engineering, Hall Planning & Engineering, and Partners for Economic Solutions.
The concepts outline a highly walkable, bike-friendly “car-optional neighborhood,” which does not mean eliminating cars but instead expanding the choices for getting around. Tree lined streets and green public spaces will restore balance and help heal the land, which was once home to heavy industry. A fanned street grid will connect people to Riverfront Parkway and guide them toward the Tennessee River.
The plan calls for mixed-use redevelopment of the 112 acres with varying house types and workplaces as well as recreation and entertainment. The convenience will make daily life more practical, but we also want the neighborhood to be packed with charm, to make it a fun place to be. The concept calls for salvaging materials from the old factories, incorporating cool elements of Chattanooga’s combustion history in the architecture, and continuing the waterfront revival with the strong emotional connection to the river and nature.
To create that sense of place, the draft design recommends maximizing variety in the architecture, but also setting up basic common elements that will let the individual buildings work together in an ensemble. The most important of these elements is that all the buildings will be street-oriented. This way the architecture and street network can help re-stitch this section of Chattanooga together and tie it to downtown. For visitors and residents, visual cues and landmarks throughout the district will establish that they are in a unique and defined neighborhood. To preserve Chattanooga’s history, the design proposes keeping some of the steel frames of the old factories, stripped to their metal structures, letting them span between new buildings and over the streets and parks under them.
Since the Tennessee River is an essential feature of the new neighborhood, the plan advises keeping the vast majority of land along the riverbank as a linear park. The designs also expand on the Tennessee Riverwalk with a series of public spaces. Building on the river connection, the plan seeks to bring the river experience into the land through canal features, spaces for recreation and innovative stormwater devices that double as landscaping and water features. All of the new greenspaces and trees will help treat stormwater before it flows into the river.
Above: Chattanooga Park Aerial View
Above: Chattanooga Overall Aerial View
Above: Chattanooga Headquarters Aerial View
In 2008, DK&P and Spikowski Planning Associates prepared the Prospects for SE Lee County report, leading to adopted policies protecting the delicate balance of limerock mining, rural settlements, agribusiness, and environmental restoration in the “DRGR” area. A big (literally, groundbreaking) idea is that limerock mining for construction materials is economically vital, but the quarries are also environmentally traumatic-- so therefore, enough mining should be permitted to satisfy demonstrated need, but remain limited. The policy requires a Limerock Capacity Analysis to be undertaken and updated every seven years, to determine whether new mines are really justified. Now that crucial environmental policy is being questioned. The whole saga is a case study on the deep value of planning ahead, and about the fragility of environmental protections, lately. Read the latest in Bill Spikowski’s peer review of two such analyses, just published. Read more about our DRGR work here.
A ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration took place on Thursday, November 1, capping off 5 months of construction on the 300 Block of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, FL. Dover, Kohl & Partners led a public design process that resulted in a vision for a street focused on people. DK&P collaborated with Kimley-Horn on the final design for a slower, safer, curbless, shared space, with more shade, more seating, and more space for dining, bike parking, and walking.
The next phase of the project will extend the new street design to the 100 and 200 blocks of Clematis Street with construction expected during the summer of 2019, followed by the 400 and 500 blocks in 2020. DK&P is looking forward to continuing this important partnership with Kimley-Horn, working with the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the City of West Palm Beach and the Downtown Development Authority.
We’re pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Pamela Stacy King, CNU-a has been promoted to Studio Director at Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning. This is in recognition of her newly expanded role, in which Pam will oversee the production of plans, reports, and codes to ensure they are easily understood and embody DK&P’s best practices.
Pam is now paired with Studio Design Lead Kenneth Garcia to manage the workflow, matching DK&P’s growing staff to our diverse roster of projects.
For twelve-plus years as a project director and town planner at DK&P, Pam has helped dozens of cities and towns around the USA form a clearer vision for their future. She works with multi-disciplinary teams of professionals who collaborate with stakeholders, business owners and residents to produce the tools that will give life to those visions. Pam brings her knowledge of urban design-- and her track record for thoroughness and collaboration-- to every assignment. In addition to directing projects, Pam has co-authored reports, crafted form-based codes, drawn up neighborhood designs, reviewed plans, and made policy recommendations for a wide-ranging clientele. Pam has been instrumental in building our firm’s Comprehensive Plan portfolio by putting the work on a firm schedule, helping devise the plans, and editing them with a sharp eye. She is often the lead designer on illustrative plans for neighborhoods, working closely with developers and citizens to envision more walkable and sustainable places.
Pam’s background includes urban design, architecture, transportation, development regulations, and working with construction managers. Her skills span the whole range of built environment design, from the scale of the individual lot to that of the city; her writings, plans and diagrams have appeared in numerous national publications. A resident of South Miami, Pam holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Miami School of Architecture, is certified by the National Charrette Institute, and is accredited by the Congress for the New Urbanism.