The Official Complete Renew Arlington Master PlanDecember 12, 2016 26 comments Print Article
This is the complete Arlington Masterplan that is being used by the official Renew Arlington Community Redevelopment Agency. Its one of the largest scale redevelopment plans to be developed in Jacksonville and it was approved by the City Council in late 2015. Massive infrastructure, retrofitting, and transportation upgrades are being built into the plan, which is pursuing a Commercial Property development plan to lead property value increases throughout the area. This is almost a complete reversal from the stagnant (and often) failed approaches used in the past, and represents a real step forward.
As usual, the first section of any plan always outlines everything that ever happened before and establishes the guiding lights that led to the plan being developed. This will not break that tradition. We get a perusal of all the other plans which preceded the CRA being established (which is being run as a separate agency with the City of Jacksonville) So, if you are looking for excitement, first pages are just simply not the place you are going to find it.
But then the plan gets down to specifics, and relies on four giant 'catalytic redevelopment' projects that are connected by commercial corridors.
The idea is that a big project with a number of moving parts brings people, energy and further development surrounding the larger projects.
But unlike past policies of simply working a big project, this plan also concentrates on connective small business and government services corridors that connect the "Catalytic" projects.
Our readers will be delighted to find that the idea is to build out complete streets throughout the plan, that they will be connected to Transit Oriented Design with JTA as one of their partners, and that the city and the University have decided to massively expand public wifi throughout the district in order to attract and support the already mainstream digital economy.
There are also massive drainage and traffic improvements (including a couple of pages of planning love poems about roundabouts) as well as new parks and green spaces being built.
Special attention should be paid to the intentions to create a zoning overlay. A process that the neighborhood should really listen and learn from the other neighborhoods that have passed overlays.
We have provided a handy little index at the bottom so that you can decide which order to read the masterplan, and we skipped the 9 page written out legal description of the areas boundaries (although you can find it on our smug mug gallery for this article)
PAGE 1: The Boring Antecedents, references to previous plans, the legal definitions and the huzzahs.
PAGE 2: The Redevelopment Strategy (along with maps of where the super project and the corridors that connect them are)
PAGE 3: The Financing, a List of the Capital Projects (the big ones that take a lot of money) and a few love letters to Roundabouts (see where they are going to be placed)
PAGE 4: General Information about the implementation of the plan, the goals and the conclusion statement