The Regional Planning Agency has created a palette of “Place Types” – Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Campus, etc. – to help people visualize the various forms that development can take throughout the city. How do Place Types relate to the Area 3 Plan? Neighborhood revitalization does not have to result in the loss of existing neighborhood character. Area Plans organize future land uses by “Place Types” to promote new development that fits in with the character of the existing neighborhood.
New development can be compatible with the established single-family neighborhoods IF it is located and designed intentionally to fit in with the scale of the existing homes.
Strong neighborhoods often have a “Center” where daily needs and services, such as shops, offices, schools, post offices, libraries, and housing, are located. Centers can be clustered around a public park or civic building or they can be located along an existing commercial corridor.
Transitions Between Residential and Commercial
Residents of single-family homes usually do not want to live right next to the commercial uses found in Centers, even though they often want them to be within walking distance. Other transitional uses such as “Mixed Residential” can provide a more acceptable transition between those businesses and the single-family homes. “Mixed Residential” housing includes a variety of housing types and sizes and can also provide a sufficient number of housing units to support new retail and public transit.
Having a supply of good jobs close by is also important to sustaining strong neighborhoods and our local economy. Industrial businesses make up a large portion of Area 3. A number of vacant sites and buildings, such as Buster Brown, Harriet Tubman, and Standard Coosa Thatcher could accommodate new businesses and industries.
Depending on the nature of their operation, some industrial businesses may require some separation, or a buffer, from residential areas to prevent negative impacts from noise or truck traffic. Other less intense industrial businesses can be integrated in a commercial center with retail and offices.
NEW DEVELOPMENT & JOBS: CONCLUSION
Any of the factors that contribute to a sense of place can be used to ensure that new development, commercial, industrial, or higher intensity housing and can still be compatible with the established single-family neighborhoods.
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