Design Workshop - Greensboro, NC

Greensboro4Change is coming to Lawndale Drive in Greensboro, NC (pop. 279,639). Over the next decade, planned investments in the transportation network and public facilities located along the corridor will result in additional growth pressures in the corridor.Benchmark was a key team member in the mulit-day, multi-disciplinary design workshop to develop a shared vision for the future character of Lawndale Drive and guide future growth decisions.

The workshop helped lead to the development of a set of tools and strategies for the City to use in supporting stability in the neighborhoods adjacent to Lawndale Drive while accommodating anticipated growth.  The workshop was part of the larger Piedmont Together design charrettes that Benchmark was selected to participate in with Design Link, a program of the Center for Creative Economies.

           

Land Use Plan - Lumberton, NC

5thstBridgeThe City of Lumberton (21,500 pop.) is working with Benchmark to prepare a land use plan that will help transform the City’s future. The draft plan includes a detailed land use analysis and recommendations including extensive recommendations for the downtown, Interstate 95, major corridors, industrial areas and the airport. Public input into the plan has included over 675 resident surveys and over 800 participants through social media and the project website. The plan will be completed in April of 2015.

Better Block - Greensboro, NC

betterblockBenchmark staff particpated in the Better Block Greensboro demonstration project in the Hamburger Square area within downtown Greensboro on October 10, 2014.  The volunteers utilized safety cones, duct tape, patio furniture, potted plans (to simulate landscapping), directional and pedestrian signage to create a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly area around Elm, Davie and McGee Streets.  The experimental streetscape inlcuded lane closures to simulate a road diet along with duct tape striping of bicycle lanes.  In addtion, live entertainment, food trucks and temporary pedestrian crosswalks were included to help establish a more friendly and festive enviornment for people to enjoy. 

Joint Land Use Study - Beaufort, SC

Beaufort1Benchmark is performing the compatibility assessment, digital cartography and mapping for the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Joint Land Use Study and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Paris Island Joint Land Use Study in the Beaufort, South Carolina area. The Joint Land Use Studies will also consider recommendations for enhancing the existing TDR Implementation program.  The two studies will identify locations in which land use conflicts between the civilian population and the military installation are currently occurring, or may potentially occur. Once identified, the JLUS will make recommendations for mitigating or preventing these conflicts and enhancements to the TDR program

            

Community Workshop - Winston-Salem, NC

4Benchmark was the Design and Planning team leader for the mulit-day, multi-disciplinary design workshop to develop a vision for the enhancement of the Polo Road and North Cherry Street area adjacent to Wake Forest University. The workshops resulted in recommendations for the redevelopment of key commercial and residential properties and complete streets that focused on enhanced connectivity and bicycle and pedestrian projects. The workshop was part of the larger Piedmont Together design charrettes that Benchmark was selected to participate in with Design Link, a program of the Center for Creative Economies.

 
Click Here to view the final presentation to the City Council's Community Development/Housing/General Government Committee (at minute 4:00)

Click Here to view the final report.

                          

Wayfinding Plan - Yanceyville, NC

wayfinding signOver an eight month period, Benchmark worked with the Town of Yanceyville to develop a wayfinding system plan and sign design.  Benchmark completed fieldwork to identify potential sign locations and worked with a committee to develop the sign design and key destinations.  The plan was quickly approved by NCDOT and the signs were installed earlier this year.

Downtown Facade Illustrations - Fuquay-Varina, NC

FuquayFuquay-Varina is a Main Street City located approximately 30 miles south of Raleigh, NC.  The Town has grown to a population of 18,644 in 2012 from 7,898 at the 2000 census.  

Benchmark was contracted by the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Revitalization Association (DRA) in December of 2013 to analyze and prepare development illustrations for two city-owned properties in downtown and one privately held property.  Benchmark conducted field work and met with the Executive Director and several Board Members to discuss the development vision.  

Read more: Downtown Facade Illustrations - Fuquay-Varina, NC

Joint Land Use Study - Camp Clark, MO

ClarkBenchmark served on a team with White & Smith Planning and Law Group and Marstel-Day LLC to prepare a Joint Land Use Study for Camp Clark Training Center, a Missouri Army National Guard installation in  Vernon County, Missouri. This project involved participation from Vernon County, the City of Nevada and the Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission, which administered the JLUS grant from the DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment.

Benchmark’s role in the project involved the preparation of the Land Use Compatibility Analysis portion of the study. The analysis examined a wide range of military training impacts based on existing and planned land uses in the area around the installation, which is within the City of Nevada’s potential growth area along the Interstate 49 corridor, which connects Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri.

Wastewater Master Plan - Sanford, NC

SanfordBenchmark and W.K. Dickson have developed a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to the City of Sanford Wastewater Master Plan, incorporating a more specific analysis of land use and potential growth areas into the process.  The information is being utilized as part of a development decision matrix that will help guide public utility decisions and growth management policies.

Centerpiece Charrette - Salisbury, NC

Market After8 FinalBenchmark team member Jason Epley provided design assistance to the City of Salisbury in its efforts to develop plans for revitalizing the area surrounding the train depot and the Railwalk Arts District.  The Salisbury Post article below titled "Plenty of Options Offered for Proposed Farmer's Market" displays a rendering produced by Benchmark for the charrette.  The illustration demonstrates how the existing White Tire Center building can be transformed into a public market with a pedestrian connection to the Railwalk Arts District through one of the existing bays of the tire center.

Bicycle Plan - Clinton, NC

AAF5The City of Clinton has received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Branch to develop a Comprehensive Bicycle Plan.  The City has commissioned Benchmark to develop the plan under the direction of a steering committee.  The plan will involve significant public input through surveys and public meetings.  The plan will help raise the awareness of bicycle safety issues and help create a more connected community. The plan development process will be completed by December of 2013.

Comprehensive Plan - Shepherdstown, WV

IMG 4631The Corporation of Shepherdstown recently hired Benchmark to lead the process of preparing an update to its comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2001.  The comprehensive plan is intended to serve as both a physical and policy plan to guide the Town over the next 10 to 20 years. The plan will help to inform decisions concerning land use and development, historic and cultural resources, environmental resources, economic development, municipal services, transportation, recreation, and regional cooperation. As part of the planning process, the Town will be engaging the public through stakeholder interviews, a survey and public meetings to receive guidance and feedback on the topics covered by the plan. The updated plan will establish meaningful and achievable goals, as well as strategies and policies for the implementation of the plan. The planning process will be completed by June 2014.

                    

Zoning Ordinance - Morganton, NC

The City of Morganton is the county seat and cultural, governmental, financial and commercial center of Burke County, NC. The City sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on Interstate 40 (I-40) between Hickory and Asheville, and Table Rock mountain provides a beautiful backdrop for residents and visitors. Morganton covers 18.55 square miles and has a population of just over 16,800 residents, according to the 2010 US Census.

The City is moving forward with rewriting its zoning ordinance to implement the City's Mission 2030 plan.  The City has commissioned Benchmark as its consultant to lead the effort.  The process is scheduled to be completed in October of 2014.

Comprehensive Plan - Blowing Rock, NC

BlowingRockBenchmark was selected to lead the Town of Blowing Rock's Comprehensive Plan.  The plan is intended to serve as both a physical and policy plan to guide the Town in its future decision making concerning land use and development, preservation of the natural environment, recreation and cultural resources, economic development, municipal services, transportation, and regional cooperation. The Town intends to build upon the foundation of the 2004 Comprehensive Plan as a starting point to develop the update. The plan update process began with a community survey that was completed in the fall of 2012, with the results and subsequent analysis compiled by NC State University Center for Urban Affairs. The Town will utilize those survey results, a public visioning process, and the current comprehensive plan to develop an updated plan that provides policy direction for the next 10 to 20 years. The updated plan will establish meaningful and achievable goals, as well as strategies and policies for implementation.

    

SOSi Design Workshop - High Point, NC

IMG 3710Benchmark was a key team member in the mulit-day, multi-disciplinary design workshop for the redevelopment of the Southside district within downtown High Point.  Guildford Technical Community College's High Point Campus is a major anchor in the redevelopment area. Over 70 participated each day of the charrette based workshop and included students, neighborhood residents, city staff, GTCC staff and others.  The workshop was part of the larger Piedmont Together design charrettes that Benchmark was selected to participate in with Design Link of the Center for Creative Economies.

Urban Design Workshops - Mayodan, NC

TownBenchmark led a mulit-day design workshop in Mayodan that focused on downtown and riverfront redevelopment.  The workshops were part of the Piedmont Together initiative.  Benchmark led the team put together by Design Link with the Center for Creative Economies.   

Regional Land Use and Growth Management - Portales, NM

The City of Portales recently selected Benchmark's team to carry out recommendations found in the established and adopted Joint Land Use Study and Regional Growth Management Plan, focusing on action plans to address the changes occurring because of the Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) transition from the Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC) to Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Benchmark will be working under the direction of the Local Growth Management Committee (LGMC) that consists of Curry County, City of Portales, City of Clovis, and Roosevelt County, New Mexico.  Benchmark will be working with key representatives from each community, Cannon AFB, and the JLUS Partnership.

Pattern Books and UDO - Weaverville, NC

designworkshopAfter assisting the Town with developing its Comprehensive Land Use Plan in 2012, Benchmark was recently commissioned to help the Town of Weaverville prepare "pattern books" with urban design guidelines, directing future downtown infill and commercial development and design.  Benchmark will also be writing the Town's Unified Development Ordinance, which will incorporate the guidelines from the pattern books and objectives from the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. 

The Town of Weaverville is located in the mountains of Western North Carolina in the northern section of Buncombe County, just 10 miles north of Asheville.   Weaverville borders Reem’s Creek Valley and boasts grand views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

 

Small Area Plan Illustrations - Henderson County, NC

Benchmark was commissioned to produce photo simulations of future development as part of the Henderson County Planning Department's small area planning process.  Benchmark previously completed a design and development character study as part of the NCAPA award winning Dana Community Small Area Plan as well.  This serious of illustrations of development character were completed as part of the Green River-Tuxedo- Zirconia Community Small Area Plan.

Read more: Small Area Plan Illustrations - Henderson County, NC

Town Design Workshops - Biscoe, NC

planmapBenchmark led a mulit-day design workshop in Biscoe that focused on revitalization strategies for the traditional core of town, bicycle and  pedestrian facilities, and housing.  The workshops were part of the Piedmont Together initiative.  Benchmark led the team put together by Design Link with the Center for Creative Economies.