Included below is a brief summary of the visioning session results.
EXISTING VISION AND THEME
ue to the haphazard development pattern and wide array of building types and styles, stakeholders do not believe that there is a cohesive theme along the Corridor now, but would like to see some level of increased consistency in the future. Stakeholders expressed the desire to keep the Corridor’s character rural in nature, to accentuate the setting as mountainous and recreational, and to preserve scenic views and vistas, especially the Laurel Ridge. D
egarding land uses along the Corridor, concerns were expressed about the lack of zoning ordinances. Without zoning, the townships have no way to manage or enforce what types of land uses will occur in what locations along the Corridor. While the best locations for future commercial development were debated among stakeholders, most people agreed that commercial uses should be clustered together, rather than sprawled along the length of the roadway. Currently, there is nothing to encourage or enforce this practice. R
Another concern is the size, type, and style of new buildings. Stakeholders believe that new structures should look “nice” and “fit in,” but recognize that the definition of these terms mean different things to different people. Overall, most stakeholders agreed that new development should have a have an agricultural, mountain village, or rustic appearance in order to best assimilate into the desired community character. Although some opposition to new construction was expressed, a majority of the stakeholders were not opposed to new construction provided that it does not overwhelm the Corridor or detract from its attractiveness.
The four-season climate was also reco consideration. When planning the structures, fences, and landscaping al should be reserved for snow and plow Also, trees that lose leaves in the winte visual screening.
Whenaskedwhatlandusesshouldands and how they should be designed, stak agricultural, residential, and light co encouraged. Existing vacant building reused whenever possible. Gambli industry and strip mining, large win traps” and temporary vendors (selling
for example) were discouraged. land uses like gas stations and that they should be sensitively
It was utility design
S takeholders are highly concerned Corridor. There are concerns about inconsistent and unclear directional s Also, stakeholders expressed that there signs along the roadway, which add t
Stakeholders would like to keep the lights, but make other improvements The open nature of surface parking lots was identified as a traffic safety concern were identified as an issue in need of general, the stakeholders would like to or bicyclists from using the roadway fo would like safety measures to consider t by pedestrians and bicyclists.
DRAFT: MARCH 2009
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