Augusta Sustainable Charrette
This week, TSW is participating in the Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program charrette in Augusta, Georgia. The charrette, which began on Tuesday night, aims to develop a detailed corridor plan and implementation program for a Priority Development Corridor, a 4.5-mile north-south “spine” in the heart of the city. The project will cover three main roads: 15th Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and Deans Bridge Road, extending from downtown to the empty Regency Mall area.
The Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program consists of four interconnected initiatives. The first initiative is to create a comprehensive plan and implementation program for a cluster of transit-oriented development neighborhoods along the corridor. By implementing transit-oriented development, the project hopes to create more sustainable communities, reduce car dependency, and enhance walkability and connectivity between neighborhoods.
The second initiative is to develop a detailed plan for a multi-modal transportation corridor. This includes creating infrastructure that promotes safe and accessible pedestrian and bicycle travel. The project also aims to develop a public transit system that is efficient and integrated with other modes of transportation.
The third initiative is to revise current codes to facilitate higher-density, mixed-use, and mixed-income development. By allowing for more diverse types of development, the project hopes to create more affordable and accessible housing for all residents.
Finally, the fourth initiative is to create an implementation plan for green, affordable housing in the corridor. The goal is to create sustainable, energy-efficient, and affordable housing that meets the needs of diverse households, including those with low incomes.
On Saturday, November 17th, at 10 AM, a work-in-progress presentation will be held at Josey High School to present the preliminary concepts for the study area. This event will provide an opportunity for the public to engage with the project team and provide feedback on the proposed initiatives. Ultimately, the Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program aims to create a more sustainable, equitable, and livable community for all residents.
For more information and for a recent article, visit The Augusta Chronicle.