Councilman Weiner & Councilwoman Diller sponsor Smart Growth Forum - WDEL
Special PUBLIC Meeting of the New Castle County Council Economic Development Committee, co-chaired by Councilwoman Lisa Diller and Councilman Bob Weiner:
Development doesn’t have to be a bad word. What is Smart Growth? Why is one project “Smart” and the other is not? A Smart Growth Forum will take place Thursday October 14 at 7:00 PM at the Gilliam Building.
Erik J. Aulestia, AICP will present “Smart Growth – Principles and Strategies for Responsible Development”, describing the 10 principles of Smart Growth which can lead to better, and more beautiful, communities. Following the presentation there will be a question and answer session.
Erik J. Aulestia, AICP is a Partner in the nationally acclaimed Architecture and Planning firm Torti Gallas and Partners and is a Design Leader in the Region and Town Planning Studio. Mr. Aulestia has led planning and design efforts throughout the United States and abroad for both private and public sector clients and has an expertise in Transit Oriented Development, Mixed-Use Town Centers, Traditional Neighborhood Design, Urban Revitalization, and Form-Based Codes. As a design leader, Mr. Aulestia crafts plans that create a unique sense of place, while balancing the realities of development economics and construction economics, to create visionary, yet realizable, designs.
Erik J. Aulestia, AICP, Associate Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.1300 Spring Street, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910 ph: 301.588.4800 www.tortigallas.com
The presentation sub-topics will be organized around the principles of Smart Growth and their inter-relationship to each other. Those principles are as follows:
Smart Growth Principles:
1. Mix land uses.
2. Take advantage of compact building design.
3. Create housing opportunities and choices for a range of household types, family sizes, and incomes.
4. Create walkable neighborhoods.
5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.
6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas.
7. Reinvest in and strengthen existing communities, and achieve more balanced regional development.
8. Provide a variety of transportation choices.
9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective.
10. Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in development decisions.
Smart Growth explored as development option
By LeAnne Matlach, WDEL
Community members expressed their concern over projects by the Stoltz development company at a forum Thursday night.
New Castle County is getting ready update the comprehensive plan and Councilman Bob Weiner wants to incorporate Smart Growth into new development. Audio Here
Smart Growth development reduces costs for development, public scenes and public transportation. Erik Aulestia says neighborhoods need to be walk able in smart growth because the average person will only walk about a quarter mile before deciding to drive. Audio Here
Aulestia says residents are often hesitant of new developers because they have had problems with over promised under delivered plans in the past.
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