Redevelopment in Thomasville -

Victoria Place

 

Presented by Lee Chastain, City Planner

Winter 2010 Conference

 

Redevelopment Planning Process

- Fall 2008, Planning department was approached by local organizations and concerned citizens regarding affordable housing, infill development, economic development, substandard infrastructure, and recreational opportunities. Subsequently, a group was formed to address:

     1) Housing and Infrastructure Development and Redevelopment

     2) Nuisance Properties

     3) Gateways, Signage, and Recreational Opportunities

     4) Neighborhood Commercial Development

- April 2009, The Victoria Place Urban Redevelopment Plan was adopted

 

Affordable Housing

- In the US, the commonly accepted guideline for "affordability" is a housing cost that does not exceed 30% of household income.

 

Supply and Demand

- Typically, the most "affordable" places are where there is the least demand relative to supply.

- Where the supply of available housing is less than the demand, low and moderate income households often struggle to obtain quality affordable housing.

 

Measuring Demand

- Can be measured in terms of Cost, House type (single, multi), Size and configuration of units, Location, and Quality

- Differntiating between the "ability to pay" and the "williingness to pay" for housing in certain housing types and locations

- Criteria based on Access to amenities; Infrastructure; Distance from work; and Distance to schools and quality of schools

 

Housing Improvements

- Model Home Collection

     1) 25 different house types

     2) Pre-Approved for Construction

     3) Affordability

- Rehabilitation: $200,000 through the Revitalization Area Strategy

 

Park and Trail Improvements for Walkability

- What makes a neighborhood walkable?

     1) Center: walkable neighborhoods have a discernable center, whether it's a shopping district, main street, or public space

     2) Density: neighborhood is compact enough for local businesses to fluorish and for public transportation to run frequently

     3) Mixed income, mixed use: housing is provided for everyone who works in the neighborhood, young and old, rich and poor

     4) Parks and public space: there are plenty of pulbic places to gather and play

     5) Pedestrian-centric design: buildings are placed close to the street to cater to foot traffic, with parking lots relegated to the back

     6) Nearby schools and workplaces: schools and workplaces are close enough that most residents can walk from their homes