Planning

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” | President Theodore Roosevelt

hans1Personal vision statement | Good urban planning is an engaging, inclusive, transparent, and collaborative process whereby community members establish a vision for their community that is creative, unique, and realistic. I believe plans and ordinances should be clear, accurate, concise, purposeful, rationale, and effective. They should preserve the maximum freedom possible for property owners while equitably protecting the collective health, safety, and welfare of the people and the environment. Good plans preserve local character and a healthy environment, maximize efficient transportation and multimodal options, and ensure recreational equity and safe public spaces. We as planners should see the big picture, and work hard to create great, livable, and sustainable places.

City of Lone Tree Comprehensive Plan | I was heavily involved in the 2015 update to the City of Lone Tree Comprehensive Plan. Particular contributions included the design of the plan, contributing photographs, and map graphics.

APA AwardColorado Street (US 183) Corridor Improvement Plan | City of Lockhart, 2012 | Texas APA Long Range Planning Award | This plan started as my intern project in 2010. It went through a public participation phase and was eventually adopted as a chapter of the Comprehensive Plan.

It provided the necessary research background for a successful grant application I wrote for Lockhart to receive $13.4 million in state transportation funds to improve the corridor. In an interesting aside, online surveys were used to engage the public – a first for Lockhart.

Corridor planning is an interesting way to think beyond beyond districts, nodes, and zones, and see the community as an interconnected series of pathways. I took aerial photos and did the concept art on this one. It won a Long Range Planning Award from the Central Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.

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Who says geographers can’t dabble in space planning?

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Imagine Lockhart | Catrin Bennett and myself used social media to organize community volunteers to improve Lockhart. This resulted in litter IL Presscleanups, the creation of two urban pocket parks, and an ongoing farmers market.

Original highway gateway wayfinding concept artwork | The gateway monument combines architectural themes common to downtown Lockhart including aged brick, corrugated metal, and limestone. It is constructed out of 100% recycled materials. The power for its lighting comes from the adjacent solar panel. The landscaping is native Texas oaks and wildflowers. The windpump in the background combined with prominently placed solar paneling is meant to exemplify Lockhart’s energy independence and sustainability past and present.

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Digital Presentation on Community Wayfinding and Branding | This was shown to the Lockhart Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council in early 2013. The volume is a little low on it, but it was well received. It provides a good introductory overview of the topic.

Republic Square Pedestrian Mall Plan | Texas State University, 2010 | This is an infill, transit oriented development (TOD) plan a colleague and I completed for a planning class at Texas State. It centers on the notion of transforming several downtown blocks in Austin around 4th Street into a pedestrian mall like the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, or the 16th Street Mall in Denver (LoDo). Republic Square Park provides an anchor for the project. Cars don’t window shop!

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A Process for Identifying Community Needs and Addressing Community Needs
| This was an assignment from the University of Missouri to interview for the position of Social MediaCommunity Development Specialist with the MU Extension. I gave this presentation to the County Extension Council and staff and it was well received. I took the interview prompt for real, and posted real online surveys on social media pages. Essentially, a need emerged for increased pedestrian and bicycle facilities – livability. Complete streets are an important and often overlooked component of livability in rural places. In case you wondering, I was offered the position, but decided to accept another position.

Nonresidential Appearance Standards | City of Lockhart, 2013 | I wrote the first draft of these nonresidential appearance standards. They deal with aesthetics, construction materials, screening, and simple landscaping. This is the adopted version from Municode’s website.

Off-Street Parking Standards | City of Lockhart, 2011 | You can accomplish a lot through regulating off-street parking. Due to our auto-centric culture, parking lots are often the most visible part of cities to motorists. When I first worked at the city as an intern, off-street parking was regulated by zoning district instead of by use. This draft ties it to use.

Portable Food Establishment Standards | City of Lockhart, 2013 | Due to the proliferation of the beloved food trailers in the Austin area, we passed our own ordinance to deal with these. I researched and wrote the initial draft. These is the adopted version from Municode’s website.

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