Thursday, February 23, 2012

Plan for Southeast Lee County Upheld

A court ruling has upheld amendments to Lee County’s land use plan to protect environmentally sensitive land and protect the County's aquifer. Lee County fought to defend the plan created by a multi-disciplinary team headed by Dover, Kohl & Partners. The Density Reduction/ Groundwater Resource Area, a 130 square mile study area, includes about 250 wells that provide 80 percent of the County's water supply, as well as wetlands and other habitat used by endangered and threatened species, including the Florida panther, wood stork and Bald Eagle.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Victor Dover Presents New Models for Mixed Use Webinar

During boom times, mixed-use development made a spectacular comeback, albeit much of it in the form of the megaprojects that are suddenly rare today. So now what? After decades of pushing by new urbanists and smart growth advocates, there’s finally consensus that mixed use is a crucial part of the way forward; it’s enshrined in many cities’ comprehensive plans, developers’ business plans, and community visions. The details of mixed use are undergoing refinement, however. We’re in a period of innovation and experimentation, in leaner times, and creative players are rolling out ways to redefine “mixed use.” The components and approaches are getting speedier, lighter, and less expensive—and more interesting. During this webinar on Thursday Febuary 16 at 2pm, Victor Dover covers a spectrum of examples, including pop-up retail, new suburban retrofits, retooled public markets, micro-storefronts and historical patterns. The presentation will be followed by time for questions and discussion, and will include suggestions for further research.

Monday, February 13, 2012

DKP Participates in 2012 Next Urbanism Summit

Jason King and Pamela Stacy participated in the Next Generation of New Urbanists (NextGen) annual summit on Miami Beach. Victor Dover, Board Chair for the Congress of the New Urbanism, addressed the conference and joined the NextGen for the welcome dinner. Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk attended the NextGen closing reception. The summit was hosted by Mouzon Design and CNU Miami and involved Pecha Kucha presentations and work group collaboration focused on the opportunities and challenges faced by new urbanists worldwide. The NextGen seeks to push the principles of new urbanism forward by providing a network for emerging leaders in the movement.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Connecting El Paso honored at New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Connecting El Paso, which received a National Award for Smart Growth Achievement from US EPA in 2011, was featured in a documentary during the San Diego conference at a luncheon session attended by over four hundred. The video included pictures, renderings, and graphics from the document which was unanimously adopted by the City of El Paso as well as interviews with El Paso policy makers and citizens who assisted Dover, Kohl & Partners in the initiative. Only five projects in the nation received the EPA distinction in 2011.

Plan El Paso is a transit-oriented plan that will link new and revitalized neighborhoods to one another and to centers of economic opportunity via a Bus Rapid Transit system which is scheduled to begin operation in 2014. Nora Johnson, Policy Fellow with US EPA, said, "Projects like these represent the latest thinking and best approaches in smart growth practices."

DKP Lectures at Andrews University

Kenneth Garcia returned to his alma mater last week to give a lecture about urbanism and the public process along with Jennifer Garcia at Andrews University School of Architecture. The lecture was well received and attended by students and faculty.

Monday, February 6, 2012

DKP presents at 11th Annual New Partners for SmartGrowth Conference

Jason King co-presented at two sessions during the San Diego, California Conference: Rural to Urban, Village-City County: Advanced Form-Based Coding Coast to Coast and Kicking the (Driving) Habit: Low-Density Cities Move to Sustainable Transportation. DKP's work in Florida, Louisiana and Texas was presented and discussed in the context of building safe, healthy, and liveable communities.