DEVELOPMENT & REDEVELOPMENT IN THE WESTPORT PLANNING AREA
On December 9, 2008, the Planning Commission held a Listen & Learn workshop. Property owners, business owners, commercial real estate industry representatives, and interested citizens raised core issues and ideas facing the Westport Planning Area.
Functional and economic obsolescence of many facilities - Grants to re-develop or re-habilitate
Not enough parking for 2nd generation uses - Reduce green space and parking space size requirements, develop common/shared parking lots
Cost of re-development due to building code requirements - reduce fees, develop re-habilitation code or grant exceptions
Inadequate local street network - originally built to residential standards, but needs to accommodate commercial vehicles and increase traffic volumes
Corridor enhancement - street lighting, trees, turning lanes, widening, etc.
Need for pedestrian facilities & safety - sidewalks, paths, etc.
Designated area for high-intensity or visually objectionable industrial uses
Permit green roofs in exchange for landscape/green space requirements
Sustainability & LEED - Incentivize through expedited and discounted permitting
Impact of Dorsett/I-270 project on traffic
Impact of Edward Jones development on existing business and traffic
Deteriorating site infrastructure and utilities - Assistance in upgrading systems
Stormwater and flooding
Plan for MetroLink
Mix uses to include retail and residential with commercial and industrial
Marketing of area - emphasize what makes the area special and unique in the region
Respect for private property rights
As the Planning Commission moves forward in the development of goals, objectives, & strategies to include in a future amendment to the citys comprehensive plan, staff is working with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to identify a market specialist that could speak at a future meeting to discuss development and redevelopment in the Westport Planning Area. These working meetings will culminate with a public hearing to consider any changes to the comprehensive plan.