Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Plan and Form-Based Code for Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas USVI

As part of the VI Zoning and Subdivision Code Revision currently undertaken by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, a Form-Based Code zoning provision is being considered for a portion of Charlotte Amalie in the USVI.

The planning effort for Charlotte Amalie took place December 3 - 9, with a series of public events called a “charrette”. The Dover, Kohl & Partners team worked with the community to establish the vision for the Urban Design Plan and framework for the Form-Based Code.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Centennial Hill Charrette, Montgomery, Alabama

The Dover-Kohl team completed a charrette for Montgomery Alabama’s Centennial Hill area and the grand public park, Oak Park. Centennial Hill was an affluent middle class African American community after the Civil War and up until the early 1960s. From this community came many of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement. The plan aims to restore the historic housing fabric, network of pedestrian-friendly streets, and former main street environment, in tandem with planned growth at neighboring Alabama State University and Jackson Hospital. A complete plan and SmartCode zoning district for the neighborhood are underway.

The five day charrette held November 28 through December 4 was well attended and the Work-in-Progress Presentation was well received. When the 40 attendees of the presentation were asked if the plan was on the right track by use of keypad polling they responded 88% yes, 12% maybe yes, 0% no. Dover-Kohl was joined by Hall, Planning & Engineering and Urban Advisors and was greatly assisted by city staff under the direction of Interim Planning Director, Chad Emerson.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Montgomery, Alabama Receives Recognition for Planning Efforts

Karja Hansen produced a narrative which was elevated by the National Resources Defense Council to the national discussion on urbanism. It concerns Dover-Kohl’s latest work in Montgomery, Alabama, the civil rights movement, and the passing of Ken Groves, former Planning Director of Montgomery, and hero of urbanism.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Glenwood Park at the International Making Cities Livable Conference

Glenwood Park is being featured at the 48th International Making Cities Livable Conference in Charleston, SC. Glenwood Park was selected for inclusion in the Conference's juried exhibit "Planning Healthy & Child-Friendly Communities" and also received The International Making Cities Livable Child-Friendly Communities Neighborhood Award.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Montgomery, AL Announces Lower Dexter Avenue RFP

In accordance with the Downtown Montgomery Plan (2007) the City of Montgomery, Alabama has obtained several key properties on Lower Dexter Avenue which the City is seeking to sell fee simple to developers on the condition that they redevelop or renovate the properties within two years. A brief description of the properties and of the city’s commitment to the Court Square Plaza / Lower Dexter area is contained in the attached RFP. Please pass this information to anyone you think may be interested.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Lanier Place Underway in Montgomery, Alabama

The plan for West Fairview Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama will meet all of its first year goals including the construction of Phase 1 of Lanier Place according to Mayor Todd Strange. Three houses are constructed and for sale and more are on the way according to Gary Blackman, Project Director and Owner of Distinctive Homes of Alabama. The houses represent reinvestment in the West Fairview Avenue area of West Montgomery and are part of the City’s West Montgomery Initiative and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s nationwide effort to repopulate central city neighborhoods.

What is unique about the project for 55 new homes, pedestrian-friendly streets, and a residential green, is its context-sensitive design which restores the neighborhood’s historic pattern of blocks, streets and alleys with homes that fit the historic character of the existing front-porch community. Lanier Place is within walking distance to West Fairview Ave, a historic center of West Montgomery, and under the plan new civic buildings, streetscape improvements and recreational spaces are also under development. Public investment is expected to lead to private investment, and according to Jeffery Downes, Montgomery Deputy Mayor the number of queries from and conversations with potential investors have increased dramatically in recent months.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Educational Center at One Court Square in Montgomery, Alabama

The City of Montgomery purchased the prominent One Court Square property and DKP teamed with Chael Cooper to create concepts for a new landmark library and children’s center on the site.

Monday, August 2, 2010

View New Photos of South Main in Buena Vista, CO

Adjacent to historic Buena Vista, South Main continues to grow as a vibrant community with ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. New buildings and public spaces have been completed in South Main and the community continues to hold a variety of engaging community activities. has the most up-to-date information on South Main as well as recent pictures of the community and events.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Victor Dover Has Completed the Ironman Triathlon to help the Dan Marino Foundation

Photo Credit: Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
Photo Credit: Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Victor Dover returned to the IRONMAN odyssey and along the way, raised much-needed funds for the Dan Marino Foundation, helping kids with autism and developmental disabilities.

The IRONMAN legendary/loco test of endurance: 2.4 miles of swimming-- then 112 miles of biking-- plus running a full marathon of 26.2 miles, all in under 17 hours— was held in Lake Placid, NY on July 25th. Victor had already completed one Ironman, in Idaho in 2008—and has completed his second, this time on the harder Lake Placid course.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Jamestown Mall Planning Charrette

In order to help address the many challenges surrounding Jamestown Mall, the St. Louis County Economic Council has hired Dover-Kohl to conduct a community design charrette for the site. With participation from the Council, businesses, community members, and other stakeholders, the Dover-Kohl team will work to establish a shared vision to guide the future of the Mall. On Thursday, July 15, 2010, Dover-Kohl successfully kicked-off the planning effort; additional events will take place in September 2010.

For more information: Visit the project website

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Live Webinar: Integrating Sustainable Design Elements into Form-Based Codes

On Tuesday, June 22 the Form-Based Codes Institute will conduct a webinar addressing the incorporation of sustainable design elements in form-based codes. Five experts (Victor Dover, Bill Lennertz, Tom Low, Dan Parolek & Dan Slone) will discuss renewable energy systems, stormwater and wastewater conservation, urban agriculture, community-based transportation and landscaping using examples from their work across the country. Participants are eligible for AIA and AICP credits.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lee County has Adopted the DR/GR Land Development Regulations

Lee County, Florida adopted land development regulations for managing conservation & development in the 83,000 acre Southeast Lee County DR/GR on June 8. The Southeast Lee County Plan became fully operational with the adoption of land development regulations limiting mining to an area of lesser environmental sensitivity, and providing a transferable development rights program combined with a form-based code. The Density Reduction/ Groundwater Resource Area hosts neighborhoods, mines, farms, endangered species and public supply wells. The plan recommends the optimal mix, locations and form of uses and utilizes a Transferable Development Rights Program to keep each use compact and preserve critical natural systems. The plan was adopted in March of 2010 by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Padre Boulevard Design Workshop

In collaboration with lead planners Gateway Planning Group, Dover-Kohl will be working on-site in South Padre Island, TX during an upcoming Design Workshop from June 9 through June 16, 2010.

For more information, visit the project website

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

CNU 18: New Urbanism: Rx for Healthy Places

CNU 18 is the 18th annual event from the Congress for the New Urbanism organized with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Representatives from Dover-Kohl participated in the following sessions:

The ABCs of Form-Based Codes Joseph Kohl - Instructor

Design Techniques for Master Planning Pursuant to a Form-Based Code James Dougherty - Panel Member

HUD DOT EPA Policy Discussion Victor Dover - Panel Member

Going Beyond LEED-ND: Examination of Community-Wide Sustainability Certification Systems Victor Dover - Panel Member

For more information about CNU visit

Monday, May 24, 2010

The 24 Hour Service Project Charrette: Montgomery, Alabama

The 24 Hour Service Project Charrette was a volunteer gathering where attendees of CNU Atlanta joined forces to develop a block scale plan for a two block area adjacent the Historic Five Points section of Montgomery, Alabama. The service project component results from the site’s location in an economically depressed infill area in the city’s center that is also located on the historic Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights trail. The charrette began on Tuesday, May 18 at 11:00 am and terminated on Wednesday, May 19 at 11:00 am. This effort has been sponsored by the City of Montgomery, Alabama and the Hampstead Institute.

Monday, May 10, 2010

South Miami Green Task Force Lecture Series

Victor Dover helped launch the South Miami Green Task Force lecture series on Planning Our Sustainable Community. On May 6, at 7:00pm, Victor presented "Design Matters: Making Our Neighborhoods Greener, Smarter and Safer." The lecture was held at the South Miami Commission Chamber.

Monday, May 3, 2010

American Makeover Episode 1: SPRAWLANTA

American Makeover is a six-part web series on new urbanism, produced by First+Main Media. Episode 1, SPRAWLANTA was filmed on location in Atlanta, Georgia and Glenwood Park, a new neighborhood near downtown Atlanta.

View Episode 1 of American Makeover below:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Read: Creating Resilient Caribbean Communities featured in Disaster Digest (Dec. 2009)

The December 2009 issue of Disaster Digest, a publication on relevant issues in disaster risk reduction, featured an article written by Dover-Kohl planners Elma Felix, Andrew Georgiadis and Chris Podstawski.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Southeast Lee County Plan wins 2010 CNU Charter Award

A plan for managing conservation & development in the 83,000 acre Southeast Lee County DR/GR won a 2010 Charter Award of Excellence from the Congress for the New Urbanism. The Density Reduction/ Groundwater Resource Area hosts neighborhoods, mines, farms, endangered species and public supply wells. The plan recommends the optimal mix, locations and form of uses and utilizes a Transferable Development Rights Program to keep each use compact and preserve critical natural systems. The plan was adopted in March of 2010 by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.  

Monday, March 29, 2010

Stone Avenue Plan, Greenville, South Carolina

Dover, Kohl & Partners, together with Hall Planning & Engineering and Pratt-Thomas Walker, are working with the City of Greenville to plan the future of Stone Avenue and North Main Street. A community charrette was held on-site from March 18-25, 2010, and the public input received during the charrette will be used to form the goals and key ideas of the plan.

Monday, March 8, 2010

High Speed Rail 2010 Conference

Dover-Kohl Project Director Andrew Georgiadis spoke at the recently held 2010 High Speed Rail Conference. His session "HSR, Transit Oriented Development, Station Architecture, Rail Connectivity" addressed how HSR encourages and works with regional and commuter rail, metros, electric buses, bicycles, and walkable urbanism. HSR creates new opportunities for station area development and transit oriented development (TOD).

Friday, March 5, 2010

A New Neighborhood in Old Davidson is featured on NRDC Switchboard

The National Resource Defense Council's Smart Growth Program Director Kaid Benfield has posted a piece on his blog discussing the New Neighborhood in Old Davidson as it relates to the commitment that it takes to replace sprawl.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dover, Kohl & Partners Awarded John Nolen Medal

The Florida Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism has awarded Dover, Kohl & Partners with the John Nolen Medal for contributions to urbanism in Florida.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Smart Growth: Business Opportunity for Developers & Production Builders

The U.S. EPA Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation has released a series of writings about the opportunities that Smart Growth provides for developers and builders, free for download online. Among them is Placemaking: Creating the Product by Victor Dover.