Smart, Sustainable Growth

The term “smart sustainable growth” focuses on:

  • Land use (i.e. residential, commercial, industrial, etc.)
  • Density (i.e. how many structures per acre)
  • Infrastructure (i.e. water, roads, transit, etc.)

Purpose for smart, sustainable growth

To ensure that as a community grows, it has the ability to provide resources for all residents to thrive and have a high-quality living environment

Goals and objectives that make a community smart and sustainable include:

  • Promote efficient use of the land by providing the necessary utilities and services at an efficient cost
  • New residential development, infill or redevelopment opportunities shall be at an “urban density” to support diversity of housing types (i.e. single-family, duplex and multi-family) and densities, and to preserve price affordability
  • Ensure new commercial and industrial development encourages mixed-use development, a pedestrian-friendly environment, and limits nuisance impacts on adjacent residential areas
  • Ensure growth in housing, business and population is adequately supported by a full range of urban utilities and services (i.e. adequate roads, sidewalks and water/sewer, etc.)

Make your voice heard

  1. In each of the three sections below, please select the three projects that you think are the most important and should be done first.
  2. Then, when you’ve read through all of the projects, go back through and select your favorite two out of all of the projects on this page.

We’ll use the valuable feedback that you give us to help drive the campaign forward, and help build Skyway/West Hill.

Residential Land Use and Density

Projects identified in previous plans and community discussions include:

 A. When building on vacant lots in single-family neighborhoods, developments should have the same size, scale and density as the traditional existing development

A. When building on vacant lots in single-family neighborhoods, developments should have the same size, scale and density as the traditional existing development

Note: Our community has an average single-family neighborhood density of approximately five or six homes per acre on 6,000- to 7,000-square-foot lots.

Below: Examples of the current housing density of 5-6 units per acre

 B. When building on vacant lots in single-family neighborhoods, developments should have a mix of housing types, scales and densities to provide for more housing choices but not exceed an average density of 7-8 homes per acre

B. When building on vacant lots in single-family neighborhoods, developments should have a mix of housing types, scales and densities to provide for more housing choices but not exceed an average density of 7-8 homes per acre

Note: Other housing types include duplex, garage apartments, cottage homes, and other clustered homes where the square footage of the home may be less than the surrounding homes in the neighborhood

Below: Examples of a housing density of 7-8 units per acre

 C. When building on larger parcels of land (one or more acres) within single-family neighborhoods, developments should have a higher density, with approximately 8-12 homes per acre

C. When building on larger parcels of land (one or more acres) within single-family neighborhoods, developments should have a higher density, with approximately 8-12 homes per acre

Below: Examples of a housing density of 10-12 units per acre

 D. When building new multifamily residential housing, development should be limited to 12 to 48 homes per acre and confined to areas currently designated for multifamily development

D. When building new multifamily residential housing, development should be limited to 12 to 48 homes per acre and confined to areas currently designated for multifamily development

Below: Examples of housing densities between 24 and 32 units per acre

 E. New multifamily residential developments should be allowed to exceed 48 homes per acre if such developments provide public amenities and/or public infrastructure

E. New multifamily residential developments should be allowed to exceed 48 homes per acre if such developments provide public amenities and/or public infrastructure

Below: Examples of mixed-housing density of more than 48 units per acre

 F. Mixed-use buildings (multifamily and commercial/office) should be allowed in the Skyway Business District

F. Mixed-use buildings (multifamily and commercial/office) should be allowed in the Skyway Business District

 G. Look for ways to keep the average home price in the community affordable to lower and moderate income families.

G. Look for ways to keep the average home price in the community affordable to lower and moderate income families.

 H. Did we miss something?

H. Did we miss something?

Commercial, Industrial, and Recreational Land Use and Density

Projects identified in previous plans and community discussions include:

 A. Pursue businesses and uses to locate in the Skyway Business District.

A. Pursue businesses and uses to locate in the Skyway Business District.

 B. Pursue businesses to locate in the Skyway Business District <em>that provide health and professional services to residents</em>.

B. Pursue businesses to locate in the Skyway Business District that provide health and professional services to residents.

 C. Develop a model mixed-use project combining affordable housing with commercial services within the Skyway Business District.

C. Develop a model mixed-use project combining affordable housing with commercial services within the Skyway Business District.

 D. Establish/expand P-Patch community gardens and Urban Farm properties for use by local residents, to provide additional choices and a wider variety of healthy and fresh foods.

D. Establish/expand P-Patch community gardens and Urban Farm properties for use by local residents, to provide additional choices and a wider variety of healthy and fresh foods.

 E. Develop housing for the elderly near public transportation, recreation and medical facilities, and retail shopping services in West Hill.

E. Develop housing for the elderly near public transportation, recreation and medical facilities, and retail shopping services in West Hill.

 F. Enhance the appearance of existing commercial buildings and properties.

F. Enhance the appearance of existing commercial buildings and properties.

 G. Preserve existing industrial lands and uses as they are, but only industrial uses that are compatible and not harmful to the surrounding residential areas.

G. Preserve existing industrial lands and uses as they are, but only industrial uses that are compatible and not harmful to the surrounding residential areas.

 H. Convert existing industrial lands and uses into mixed-use zones (commercial and multifamily residential).

H. Convert existing industrial lands and uses into mixed-use zones (commercial and multifamily residential).

 I. Establish more recreational spaces, such as small parks in each neighborhood.

I. Establish more recreational spaces, such as small parks in each neighborhood.

 J. Did we miss something?

J. Did we miss something?

Infrastructure

Projects identified in previous plans and community discussions include:

 A. Provide pedestrian/bicycle access along streets and parking lots, and between and through <em>commercial</em> areas.

A. Provide pedestrian/bicycle access along streets and parking lots, and between and through commercial areas.

 B. Provide pedestrian/bicycle access along streets and parking lots, and between and through <em>residential</em> areas.

B. Provide pedestrian/bicycle access along streets and parking lots, and between and through residential areas.

 C. Pursue improvements to transit (bus services/facilities) in the community to more easily access surrounding cities.

C. Pursue improvements to transit (bus services/facilities) in the community to more easily access surrounding cities.

 D. Pursue more transit and other modes of transportation to connect residents to the Skyway Business District.

D. Pursue more transit and other modes of transportation to connect residents to the Skyway Business District.

 E. Develop better vehicle and pedestrian circulation, safer driveway entrances and parking systems within the commercial properties located in the Skyway Business District.

E. Develop better vehicle and pedestrian circulation, safer driveway entrances and parking systems within the commercial properties located in the Skyway Business District.

 F. Improve pedestrian circulation and the function and appearance of parking lots in the business areas, and reduce the need for public off-street parking requirements.

F. Improve pedestrian circulation and the function and appearance of parking lots in the business areas, and reduce the need for public off-street parking requirements.

 G. Delineate existing entrances to parking lots within the Skyway Business District with landscaping, pavement markings, or signs.

G. Delineate existing entrances to parking lots within the Skyway Business District with landscaping, pavement markings, or signs.

 H. Develop a plan to transfer all remaining septic systems in use to public sewer.

H. Develop a plan to transfer all remaining septic systems in use to public sewer.

 I. Evaluate the drainage basin within the community for retention/detention facility needs, to correct existing and future stormwater run-off problems

I. Evaluate the drainage basin within the community for retention/detention facility needs, to correct existing and future stormwater run-off problems

 J. Develop a Local Improvement District (LID).

J. Develop a Local Improvement District (LID).

Note: An LID is a local government financing tool for property owners to invest in building infrastructure improvements (such as sidewalks or sewer lines) that serve their immediate area

 K. Did we miss something?

K. Did we miss something?

Your selections

Please pick two from your list of favorites.


 When building on vacant lots in single-family neighborhoods, developments should have the same size, scale and density as the traditional existing development


 When building on vacant lots in single-family neighborhoods, developments should have a mix of housing types, scales and densities to provide for more housing choices but not exceed an average density of 7-8 homes per acre


 When building on larger parcels of land (one or more acres) within single-family neighborhoods, developments should have a higher density, with approximately 8-12 homes per acre


 When building new multifamily residential housing, development should be limited to 12 to 48 homes per acre and confined to areas currently designated for multifamily development


 New multifamily residential developments should be allowed to exceed 48 homes per acre if such developments provide public amenities and/or public infrastructure


 Mixed-use buildings (multifamily and commercial/office) should be allowed in the Skyway Business District


 Look for ways to keep the average home price in the community affordable to lower and moderate income families.


 User-submitted idea from Residential Land Use and Density


 Pursue businesses and uses to locate in the Skyway Business District.


 Pursue businesses to locate in the Skyway Business District <em>that provide health and professional services to residents</em>.


 Develop a model mixed-use project combining affordable housing with commercial services within the Skyway Business District.


 Establish/expand P-Patch community gardens and Urban Farm properties for use by local residents, to provide additional choices and a wider variety of healthy and fresh foods.


 Develop housing for the elderly near public transportation, recreation and medical facilities, and retail shopping services in West Hill.


 Enhance the appearance of existing commercial buildings and properties.


 Preserve existing industrial lands and uses as they are, but only industrial uses that are compatible and not harmful to the surrounding residential areas.


 Convert existing industrial lands and uses into mixed-use zones (commercial and multifamily residential).


 Establish more recreational spaces, such as small parks in each neighborhood.


 User-submitted idea from Commercial, Industrial, and Recreational Land Use and Density


 Provide pedestrian/bicycle access along streets and parking lots, and between and through <em>commercial</em> areas.


 Provide pedestrian/bicycle access along streets and parking lots, and between and through <em>residential</em> areas.


 Pursue improvements to transit (bus services/facilities) in the community to more easily access surrounding cities.


 Pursue more transit and other modes of transportation to connect residents to the Skyway Business District.


 Develop better vehicle and pedestrian circulation, safer driveway entrances and parking systems within the commercial properties located in the Skyway Business District.


 Improve pedestrian circulation and the function and appearance of parking lots in the business areas, and reduce the need for public off-street parking requirements.


 Delineate existing entrances to parking lots within the Skyway Business District with landscaping, pavement markings, or signs.


 Develop a plan to transfer all remaining septic systems in use to public sewer.


 Evaluate the drainage basin within the community for retention/detention facility needs, to correct existing and future stormwater run-off problems


 Develop a Local Improvement District (LID).


 User-submitted idea from Infrastructure

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