Staff is working with a Committee of the Downtown Commission on the development and implementation of a Downtown Public Space Management Framework.
A survey was available in Fall of 2019 to get feedback on how downtown public spaces (most specifically streets and sidewalks) are currently used and experienced, and to get input on what priorities should be considered in the guidelines.
Here are the survey results:
On October 22, 2019 the Public Space Management Committee participated in a workshop to review survey results, rank priorities and identify focus areas to be addressed by the Framework.
Informed by survey feedback and guidance of the Committee, staff has completed a draft of the Public Space Management Framework.
The Public Space Management Task Force meets on an ad-hoc basis to advance goals and priorities of the Framework, and provide feedback on projects and initiatives that impact downtown’s public realm.
Meeting notices and materials are available on the Downtown Commission page here.
Efforts around Downtown Public Space Management build on the Downtown Master Plan and Appendices (completed in 2009), to take a deeper dive into specific topics of focus related to management of the public realm. This work helps address concerns about management of public spaces, enhancement of community character and expanded options for place-making. Goals are to expand downtown vitality, facilitate local business and enhance livability while managing growing demands on downtown services and competing interests for use of space.
There are three main areas of focus:
Public Space Management
- Public space management guidelines
- Management framework
Urban Design and Ordinance Updates
- UDO amendments
- Zoning map amendments
- Design Guideline updates
- Preservation Plan recommendations
Corridor and District Placemaking and Streetscapes
- Downtown-wide development/streetscape standards (such as lighting, signage, seating, crosswalks).
- Consideration of sub-district areas that may have unique elements/standards that pertain to the character area/neighborhood of downtown such as sidewalk patterns,
trees, seating and other enhanced place-making.
- Identification of key corridors that could benefit from streetscape changes such as wider sidewalks, traffic adjustments, bulb-outs, etc.
- Planning for additional green spaces in downtown in order to enhance quality of life and quality experiences.
Dana Frankel, Downtown Planning Manager