Master Plan Update Process

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Richmond 300 will follow a four-phase development process. 
The phases are  summarized below. Please review this brochure for a more detailed process description:
(uploaded 5/4/18)
Phase 1. Defining the Plan
During the pre-planning phase, the City has been setting the stage for the planning process by conducting various tasks: 
developing the update process,
  1. Developing a brand identity, 
  2. Hiring sub-consultants, 
  3. Attending over 75 community meetings, 
  4. Collecting data,
  5. Developing reports: the Land Use, Housing, and Demographic Analysis, the Urban Design Typology Analysis, the Draft Insights Report, and Map Booklets,
  6. Hosting a Launch Event,
  7. Establishing the Technical Team and the Advisory Council, 
  8. Collecting 1,300+ email addresses (join the Richmond 300 email list), and
  9. Launching this website, Facebook page, and Instagram account.
This phase is critical to the Master Plan as it familiarizes everyone with the process and builds credibility.
Phase 2. Developing the Plan
Plan Development is when the content of Richmond 300 is created. During Community Consultation #1: Visioning, we will ask the community for their vision for Richmond in 2037 and big ideas to get there. Based on this input, we will develop one communal vision statement and several goals. The Advisory Council will establish Work Teams based on the goals. These Work Teams will develop strategies and actions to reach the goals. The goals and strategies will be presented for community input during Community Consultation #2: Recommendations. Afterwards, City staff will incorporate community feedback and write the draft Richmond 300 document.
Phase 3. Refine and Adopt the Plan
After City staff write the draft plan, it will be shared during Community Consultation #3: Draft Plan for public comment and feedback. City staff will reconcile comments and develop a the final plan for adoption by the City Planning Commission and City Council.
Phase 4. Implement the Plan
Upon adoption of the final plan, city departments and stakeholders will implement the recommendations outlined in Richmond 300. Three years (or so) after the adoption of the plan, City staff will review the status of the recommendations and establish a process to update portions of Richmond 300, as needed.

Process Goals

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  1. Engage a representative cross-section of the public and City staff to articulate a shared vision and framework for the city’s development 
  2. Coordinate content from various completed plans and plans currently underway 
  3. Create the foundation for a more predictable and transparent review process 
  4. Recommend potential rezoning, capital expenditures, planning and policy initiatives, and other implementation measures to further goals articulated in the Master Plan update 
  5. Create a mechanism for enhanced inter-departmental collaboration to meet plan goals 
  6. Establish metrics to track progress toward goals 
  7. Deploy new strategies for reaching constituents that have traditionally not been engaged 
  8. Use data and analysis in clear, understandable formats to inform public dialogue 
  9. Use plain English to explain topics (avoid jargon) 
  10. Develop a civic infrastructure that can live beyond the Master Plan update process and be leveraged in future planning and community development efforts

Parking Study Process

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The City has engaged a contractor, DESMAN, to develop a Parking Study for seven areas of the city. The Parking Study process is outlined in this presentation and this flyer, and summarized here:
Diagram updated on 3/2/18

Parking Study - Materials

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The City has hired DESMAN to develop a Parking Study for seven areas of the City. Below you will find documents related to the creation of this study.
  1. Intro Flyer: This 2-page flyer has background information about the Parking Study. Uploaded on March 1, 2018 
  2. February 20 Planning Commission Presentation: This presentation was given at the City Planning Commission on February 20, 2018. It provides a detailed summary of the process that DESMAN will follow to develop the Parking Study. Uploaded on March 1, 2018 
  3. Parking Study RFP: The original RFP that was issued on March 26, 2017 seeking contractors to bid on the work. Issued on March 26, 2017 
  4. 2009 Downtown Parking Plan: This plan developed in 2009 is a draft plan that was never officially adopted by the City. Uploaded on March 1 2018
Brookland Park Blvd/Six Points
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DESMAN's key findings from existing conditions: public assets have additional capacity to support non-public uses, standardization of curbside stalls would make utilization more efficient, large scale development of multi-unit housing could overwhelm supply 
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DESMAN's key findings from existing conditions: off-street public and private parking is underutilized, residents depend on on-street parking because there are limited alleys, maximizing curbside creates “sightline” issues 
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Downtown includes: Jackson Ward, Monroe Ward, Central Office District, Capital District, VCU Health, Biotech, Shockoe Slip, and Shockoe Bottom)
DESMAN's key findings from existing conditions: consistent pockets of high demand on weekends and weekdays in Jackson Ward, supply-side solutions in Downtown may be cost-prohibitive, intensity of demand in Shockoe Bottom suggests the area is reaching a crisis point 
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DESMAN's key findings from existing conditions: maximizing curbside creates “sightline” issues, shared use parking could alleviate some pressure, no blocks operating at or over capacity on weekdays 
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DESMAN's key findings from existing conditions: demand along Semmes is spilling over onto adjacent blocks during weekdays, some “hotspots” are just successful projects that take an entire block without providing supply onsite, now is the time to start proactively setting policies to support continued development 
Scott's Addition
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DESMAN's key findings from existing conditions: stall definition and enforcement need to be examined, large lots offer potential for shared parking, many blocks operating consistently near or over capacity 
The Fan
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DESMAN's key findings from existing conditions: residential presence drives demand, significant under-utilization of off-street parking presents immediate opportunity, proposed solutions must incorporate support and promotion of multi-modality because it’s not realistic to build more parking, value assignments could improve turn-over