Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What happened at the Comprehensive Plan Meetings?

Check out this document that summarizes the Focus Area meetings that the Town hosted during February and March.

Our next steps: We will host two open houses in April to share some draft plan maps, and continue recieving feedback from the public. It may be helpful to review the maps and placetype descriptions to understand some aspects of this meeting summary.

Focus Area Meeting Summary

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Neighborhood Level Meetings

So far we have held two neighborhood-level meetings. Participation has been excellent, with about 60-75 in attendance at both meetings! There are three more meetings to go - centering on the southern, western, and downtown areas. See the earlier blog posting for details.

Please take a look below at the scenario maps and place types. The place types are color-coded to the colors on the maps.

The first map is the Current Trend Scenario, which you will notice has no white space, as it is anticipated that the Town could be completely built out by the year 2035, occupying almost all available land under our current policies.

The subsequent maps show what could result if we increased the density of future development in order to meet the demand for growth, while saving open space (white space on the maps). Just to show how much space can be saved, the third, or most dense scenario, could save 75% of the open land in town!

Please make comments on the place types and the scenarios. Particularly, we have the following questions:

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of each development scenario?
  • What key design principles or considerations should guide development for these scenarios?
  • Is there any development shown in an inappropriate location?
  • What do you think of the mixed use nodes shown at the edges of town?
  • What do you think of the place-types shown? Are they appropriate or not appropriate for Ashland?
Place Types

The maps at the meetings are zoomed in to each focus area of the Town. For the purpose of this website, we are unable to provide those maps at this time, however you can zoom in on the maps below.

Town Wide Development Scenarios

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Neighborhood Level Workshops

We had excellent participation at Tuesdays meeting at Randolph Macon, concerning the northern parts of town. This upcoming Monday, February 9 at 6:30 PM at the Holiday Inn Express on Carter Road, we will host another meeting. This will be covering most of the undeveloped and underdeveloped areas of Town, generally, the outlying areas to the north, east, and south, as well as the built up areas along US 1 and Rt 54 between US 1 and the Eastern Corporate Limits.

As soon as possible, we will upload the information from last weeks meetings.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Focus Area Meetings Planned for February and March

We have planned a series of neighborhood level meetings to show several different ways the Town could be developed. We encourage you to attend the meetings that are specific to the neighborhoods that you are most concerned about! Click on the map for specific meeting dates, locations and times, or click here for a .pdf format file with meeting information.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Community Workshop: Where Are We Going? Generating Scenarios.

Wednesday November 5, 2008
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Henry Clay Elementary School
South James Street and Hanover Avenue, Ashland

How will we grow?

Ashland’s small-town charm and proximity to major roadway and transit networks make it an attractive and convenient place to live, work, and do business. Over the coming years, the Town is likely to attract new residents and jobs. Where would we like to invite those new people to live? Where would we like to encourage those new businesses to set up shop? How could new buildings, streets, and civic spaces be designed and located so that the Town benefits from growth and avoids the problems it can sometimes generate? These questions will be the focus of the upcoming workshop for the Ashland Town Plan Update. At this meeting, participants will have an opportunity to review the issues and opportunities identified at earlier workshops, learn about development trends affecting the Town, and generate ideas for shaping future growth.

The ideas generated at the workshop will help Town staff and the consultant team to develop and test scenarios that position the Town to maximize new economic development opportunities while enhancing community character and supporting core community values. Later in the planning process, residents will be asked to help craft a preferred scenario that defines how and where the community would like to see growth occur; and translate the preferred scenario into a series of goals and policy statements for each element of the Comprehensive Plan.

The workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at Henry Clay Elementary School on South James Street at Hanover Avenue. All area residents, merchants, and civic group members are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Planning & Community Development at 804-798-1073.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Public Transportation

Please take this quick survey to help us with our public transportation feasibility study.

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