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Downtown workshop to begin Monday
Input sought on look, feel of downtown
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Workshop Schedule

·Opening presentation: Form Based Codes + The New Normal
Monday 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Emma Kelly Theater, 33 East Main Street
· Workshop Studio Public Open House: View progress, provide feedback, talk with the design team
Wednesday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Workshop Studio, 58-D East Main Street (Near City Hall)
· Closing presentation: Workshop Results + The Draft Code Unveiled
Thursday 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Averitt Center, 33 East Main Street

       The City of Statesboro is seeking public participation and input at a four-day workshop this week about the future look and feel of downtown and the city's central business district.
       In cooperation with the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, the city is holding a downtown code design workshop this Monday through Thursday at 58-D East Main Street (the building adjacent to city hall). The varied events are being offered by a design team led by Lott + Barber as a component of the city's ongoing unified land development code (ULDC) project.
       Director of Community Development Christian Lentz said the downtown design workshop will initiate the creation of a "form-based" development code for Statesboro's central business district.
       "Development regulations are very foreign to most people, yet we live with the results in our community every day," said Christian Lentz,. "This workshop will provide an opportunity for the public to see first-hand how the new code is developed and to become more familiar with this innovative approach to development regulation."
       Form based codes emphasize buildings and their relationships to one another and the public realm, which helps foster higher quality development and greater flexibility in appropriate land uses. To demonstrate the benefits of a form-based code for downtown Statesboro, the design team will develop a pilot project along East Vine Street with the goal of illustrating the economic, aesthetic and social benefits of the ULDC to the community.
       Monday's event is an opening presentation at the Emma Kelly Theatre, which will introduce the topic of form-based codes to those who are unfamiliar. The talk starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 8.
       Wednesday's open house in the workshop studio will give the public a chance to see the work from the first two days of the workshop, talk with the design team, and offer feedback. The open house will be open 2-6 p.m.
       Thursday evening takes the workshop back to the Averitt Center for a closing presentation and an unveiling of the proposed code, which would be adopted with the rest of the ULDC when it is complete in 12-18 months. The closing presentation runs from 6-8 p.m.
       Denise Grabowski, director of community planning at Lott + Barber, said the doors to the workshop studio will remain open to the public from Monday through Wednesday during business hours, but added that due to the compact schedule the design team will be most available for questions at Wednesday's afternoon session.
       The unified land development code (ULDC) project was initiated by the Mayor and City Council in October 2009. The project is a comprehensive update of city codes related to development procedures and standards, environmental protection and community infrastructure - including zoning, subdivision regulations, etc. A completed ULDC will incorporate applicable codes into a single, seamless document that will help implement the community vision contained in the comprehensive plan while providing for a coordinated and predictable development process within the city. More details can be found by visiting: http://www.statesboroga.net/community/uldc.htm.
       For more information, contact Martin Laws, City Planner, (912)764-0630; Denise Grabowski, Director of Community Planning, Lott + Barber, (912) 234-5230; and, Allen Muldrew, Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, (912)764-7227.

Workshop Schedule

·Opening presentation: Form Based Codes + The New Normal
Monday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Emma Kelly Theater, 33 East Main Street
· Workshop Studio Public Open House: View progress, provide feedback, talk with the design team
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Workshop Studio, 58-D East Main Street (Near City Hall)
· Closing presentation: Workshop Results + The Draft Code Unveiled
Thursday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Averitt Center, 33 East Main Street

 

 

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