Gooddevelopmentandtourismhaveth additional traffic and uses that may n
The design of new buildings and e inconsistent with the area’s rural styl
Additional development could block
Gateways into the Corridor are welcoming (quarry in the west an development in the east).
Light pollution could increase, partic uses such as industries, shopping ce
Increased traffic has the potential to w (heavy traffic, trucks, speed).
Infrastructure challenges (roads, sewe as development continues.
Access for bicycles and pedestrians is no sidewalks; no easy way to access at by car; existing roadway shoulders are or pedestrian use).
Utility towers, wind towers, and ga litter the rural landscape.
Signs and billboards are already too n from the scenic experience.
Lack of a visitor’s center, confusing dire similar place names cause confusion f safety hazards as people search for t
ROUTE 31 WEST CORRIDOR DESIGN GUIDE
DRAFT: MARCH 2009
Because views from main roadways can leave lasting impressions on travelers about a community’s history, character, and civic pride, the protection of roadway corridors from view blockage, poorly designed development, and unnecessary visual clutter is important. A passing motorist can clearly see the extent to which a community values or disregards its image and character. Also, unsightly land uses and unnecessary visual clutter (such as too many signs) can lead to motorist stress and cause drivers to speed by a location instead of feeling invited to drive more slowly to enjoy the scenery or to stop and patronize a business.
EXISTING CORRIDOR CHALLENGES A
W ith no zoning controls and few design requirements in place, the potential for uncontrolled and undesired development to occur is a threat to the Route 31 West Corridor. Luckily, most of the Corridor remains visually attractive and rural in character. An unattractive sprawling development pattern has occurred along other segments of Route 31 and along other routes in adjacent areas serving as travelways to nearby ski resorts and state parks.
W hen asked what challenges (or fear 31 West Corridor and that could be Design Guide, stakeholders provided the
EXISTING CONDITIONS POTENTIAL THREATS